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National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical Cultural Preserve


Київ. Схили Дніпра, Києво-Печерський історико-культурний заповідник

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Almost a thousand years above the Dnipro steep slopes golden domes of Kiev-Pechersk Monastery - one of the most important shrines of the Christian Orthodox world, are shining. In ancient chronicles "Tale of Bygone Years" there is  a mention, dated  by 1051year,   of the monastery  establishment by the monks in the caves near Kiev. The first inhabitant of the monastery was Anthony, who took vows on Mount Athos. People came to him for a blessing, then his supporters expanded the caves, arranged cells and a church. Later, when monastic life was transferred to the surface, the monks buried their dead for seven centuries in the labytinths.

The monastery was given  its name from the caves of the monastery - Pechersk. As a large and influential Orthodox monastery,  it received the status of Lavra before the Mongol times. In the XVI-XVII centuries Kiev-Pechersk monastery established itself as one of the centers of Christian culture. Famous chroniclers, writers, scientists, artists, doctors, publishers lived and worked here.

The resolution on the recognition of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra historical and cultural national preserve was adopted in 1926. In 1988, during the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Christianity in the Russian land, Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra reopened. Individual objects of the preserve, in particular Near and Far Caves, were given to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was opened here the Theological Academy and Seminary, there is here the residence of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Vladimir. Given the uniqueness of the Lavra Art architecture ensemble, the value of the reserve in the development of national and world science and culture, the 14 session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee brought  Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the List of World Heritage.

Today, the preserve is one of the largest Ukrainian cultural, educational and scientific institutions. There are on its territory:  Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine, Museum of books and printing of Ukraine, micro miniatures' Exhibition, Museum of Ukrainian Decorative Folk Art. Here you can see the unique monuments of art and architecture XI-XX centuries, Near and Far Caves labyrinths, permanent and temporary exhibitions that complement the main exhibition. During the existence  the preserve was visited by 50 million tourists from all over the world.

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Scedule of work of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve  
Address: 01015, Kyiv, str. Lavrska, 9,  building 8

PRESERVE is open every day from 9:00 to 18:00, admission until 17-00
http://www.kplavra.kiev.ua

Monday of MONTH LAST WEEK FOR STUDENTS HIGH SCHOOL - DAY Of FREE ACCESS TO THE TERRITORY OF THE PRESERVE

 RESERVE FREE: at Easter and in the twelve great feasts, in the open Days:

  • World museum Day (18 May);
  • Independence Day (August 24);
  • Knowledge Day (September 1 for students).
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