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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, Kyiv

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Although Soviet authorities demolished the medieval-era original before World War II, St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery stands today reflecting much of its former glory. Deemed historically worthless by the Communist government and obliterated in 1936, the church was reconstructed by 2000 as a post-independence project of the Ukrainian government. Walk the cathedral grounds and marvel at the structure's array of golden domes and sky-blue paint. Admire the many depictions of its patron saint, the Archangel Michael, including the golden statue that sits high above the entrance. Be sure to visit the museum to see exhibitions displaying religious artifacts related to the cathedral and documenting its journey through history. To plan Kyiv vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • The original temple of the 12th century. The beauty is impressive. In August 2015, the Wall of Remembrance of the Fallen Defenders of Ukraine appeared on the walls of St. Michael's Monastery. 
    The original temple of the 12th century. The beauty is impressive. In August 2015, the Wall of Remembrance of the Fallen Defenders of Ukraine appeared on the walls of St. Michael's Monastery.  more »
  • On of the three Churches part of the Golden Triangle. Lovely architecture and really worth to see also inside. 
    On of the three Churches part of the Golden Triangle. Lovely architecture and really worth to see also inside.  more »
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  • The blue walls and golden domes of the exterior are very picturesque. The interior is quite impressive as well, and it is interesting to compare the fresh paintings here with the much older paintings in the nearby St Sophia’s.
  • It’s really worth visiting here when you’re in the city. On a sunny day the golden roof really is glistening in the sun and the blue walls stand out prominently against the greyness of the surrounding area. Outside the surrounding wall there’s a nice square where you can sit and watch the world go by, including on my visit a photo shoot for a wedding, with loads of impressive and other ornate buildings. There was a number of locals selling stuff outside the entrance in the wall but fortunately they weren’t bothersome at all so don’t let it put you off. Once within the walls there’s a real sense of calm. There’s plenty of benches to sit and a nice walk around the grounds. There’s some other old buildings next to the main cathedral and a small ‘orchard’ which is pleasant in the sun. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to venture inside the main cathedral but despite that it was well worth checking out and it’s no wonder that it’s one of the cities main sights.

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