Orthodox shrines at all times attract people's hearts and souls and become the centers of spirituality. Every day, year after year people, not only Ukrainians but also from distant countries, are seeking the holy places of Ukraine. People rush here to learn and see something new and interesting, not yet discovered, and sincerely worship the shrine.

Kiev was the font where Christianity came from in 988 and spread throughout Kievan Rus'. And today the oldest and most beautiful temples and monasteries of Ukraine are situated in this city. Kiev has long been considered one of the most important pilgrimage centers of the Orthodox world. Pilgrims from many distant places were coming by foot to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to receive Holy Communion and the blessings from the monastery clerics.

"Kiev - the mother of Russian cities. A mother who not only gives birth to a child, but also fills his every move with deepest wisdom of our ancestors. We invite you to visit Kiev and reveal the mysteries kept by the city."

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Kiev-Pechersk Larva is an Orthodox Monastery, the oldest and one of the most important monasteries in Kievan Rus and modern Russia & Ukraine territory - unique monastery complex was founded in the 11-th century and has been constantly building during the next nine centuries, included into the UNESCO World Culture Heritage. More than 43 million tourists from all over the world have visited its territory during its existence. The complex includes the above-ground part (a complex of religious buildings) and underground (caves) part. For centuries, the main attraction of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra are the caves in which pursued their holy founders of Russian monasticism.

The monastery is situated on high hills, between which a deep ravine runs through. Each church of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra has its history and its unique image, formed under the influence of different eras and styles. But neither the time nor the change of architectural styles have not extinguished the ancient prayerful spirit of the monastery churches.

On the territory of the monastery - visiting holy water sources of Anthony and Theodosius. Further Caves - a place where the saints went for prayer and union with God, and where today one can touch the relics of saints.

St.Michael’s Gold Domed Cathedral

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery - one of the oldest monasteries in Kiev. Includes destroyed in 1930 and re-built in the mid-1990s, the cathedral church of the Archangel Michael in the Ukrainian Baroque style, as well as the dining hall with the church of St. John the Divine (1713) and bell tower (1716-1719 years). Assumed that St. Michael's Cathedral was the first temple with a gilded horse, where Russia has gone on this tradition of originality. Also, Michael's Cathedral was the last temple in Kievan Rus, in the interiors of which were used mosaics. Rebuilt in 1997-1998 St. Michael's Cathedral (officially opened on May 30, 1999)

St.Sophia Cathedral

The famous St. Sophia Cathedral - the main church of Kievan Rus', founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1037, survived the centuries and has come down to our time. Today the complex is listed as a world heritage protected by UNESCO. Mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral were established in the mid XI century specially invited by Yarosalv the Wise - Constantinople Byzantine masters. The mosaics of the main altar, sanctuary columns and the main dome - a masterpiece of art. The center of this beautiful song for so many centuries, is a mosaic icon of the Mother of God, known as the "inviolable wall." For many centuries, people have had a belief that until the collapse of "inviolable wall", Kiev will stand.

St. Vladimir cathedral

Nowadays Kiev is hard to imagine without St. Vladimir cathedral. Vladimir's Cathedral was dedicated to the Christianizer of Russia - Saint Prince Vladimir. The external and internal appearance of the temple designed by architects in Old Byzantine style, in the manner how the ancient temples were built in the time of St. Vladimir and Yaroslav the Wise.

This monument of outstanding cultural values Vladimir Cathedral got its recognition and fame mainly due to its unique murals. Masters of Venice participated in the interior decoration with mosaics. The overall theme of painting of the cathedral - "The Case of our salvation." This is a tell-scale compositions Gospel themes and symbolic outlined the history of the Russian church: its thirty pieces symbolize Russian saints, martyrs, bishops, princes, holy women - the entire history of Russian Orthodoxy, all the impulses of the spirit of seeking truth and feat ...For someone who first comes to the Vladimir Cathedral, the strongest impression is the image of the Virgin. In the flickering twilight of gold, in light clouds, cold and gently lit dawn, Virgin Mary easy and slowly goes towards the audience: The Queen of Heaven carries her Son to the sinful world ... The traditional image of Virgin Mary was under the brush of Vasnetsov extraordinarily original and peculiar interpretation. This image called "Vasnetsov Mother of God." Her large, full of grief and love brown eyes tenderly at the viewer. Unusually fine Her pale face lit with inner light. The image of the Mother of God is filled with love and human beauty. Contemporaries unanimously named Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev, "the first inspirational work of Russian religious art."

St. Andrew’s church

There is a legend that the place of the present-Dnipro river was the sea. When St.Andrew came to Kiev and put the cross on the mountain, where now stands the church of St. Andrew's, the whole sea went down. But some of it remained hidden under the mountain. When later St. Andrew's Church was built here, then under the altar a namma was found. The St Andrew's church has no bells, because, according to legend, the first strike the water would wake up and flood not only Kyiv, but also all of the Left Bank. Baroque Pearl - St. Andrew's Church was built due to arrival of Elizabeth I to Kiev in 1744.

Michael’s Male Monastery , Vidubichi

Vudubitski Monastery - an ancient monastery in Kiev. The monastery was founded between 1070 and 1077. There is a necropolis on the monastery territory, where a lot of prominent figures of science, arts and public figures are buried, mostly of the XIX century. The monastery is active. There is pottery, weaving workshop of the vine, as well as a small rehabilitation center for substance abuse patients on its territory.


Kitaevo - amazing piece of "paradise on earth", who survived within the surroundings of the metropolis. The century-old woods, lakes, caves, temples and monasteries - all reminiscent of the mighty hand of the Creator. Graystripe ridge of hills covered with woodland, keeps the marks of many ancient cultures: the mounds, ramparts, a platform on which there was a pagan temple. Nine hundred years old, there is a monastery - white Holy Trinity Church with five green domes, surrounded by smaller buildings and churches. Kitaevo desert - is the burial place of many thousands of devotees of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, and those who are there in the monastery, actually goes to places of historic graves. Man-made caves in Kitaevo could appear in pre-Christian times, serving as a shelter and refuge for ancient people. In view of the substantial distance from the desert city of China-mountain caves are rarely visited. This allows you to save their ancient appearance almost unchanged. When visiting Kitaevo and its attractions, you will find peace of calm and balance, rest from the madding crowd and enjoy the magnificent views. Beauty and spirituality of this place allows you to relax from the everyday hustle and bustle.... The monastery, due to its location and ownership to many shrines and holy people, gives peace of mind and coming deep rest to all its visitors.

St. Panteleimon femail monastery in Feofania

St. Panteleimon Cathedral is a magnificent pink-and-white building, that amazes with its accuracy and rigor of proportion, elegant walls and domes, with a harmonious blend of the picturesque surroundings. Today Feofania appears among the faithful in her age-old grandeur. Spirited atmosphere of the monastery are attracted by thousands of pilgrims. And here the faithful rush to touch the soul of the shrine to pray for the healing of family and "scoop", "living" water from the springs. And is it not surprising that when the monks go away from the world, the world itself feeling their fertile force long for them to get life-saving instruction, admonition, consolation ... The territory has two holy font - Healer Panteleimon and Tears of the Virgin, in which pilgrims will be able to swim and be healed from many physical ailments.

St. Frolovsky female Monastery

St. Frolovsky Monastery - an ancient monastery in Kiev, founded in the beginning of the XVI century. The founder of the monastery is unknown. St. Frolovsky Monastery in Kiev, in addition to its architectural value, is known for the fact that here lived and took vows famous women in Russia. Florovsky Monastery, as well as many other holy monasteries were closed in 1929, and began its revival in 1941. Having lived through the war years, the monastery survived and welcomed parishioners. It was famous for the fact that here a miracle occurred. After the prayer in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary "Look down at the humility" - the girl was healed of deafness. Up to current date, every tourist coming to Kiev, not to mention the pilgrims, trying to visit Florovsky Monastery to see firsthand its architectural beauty, feel the spiritual atmosphere of the monastery.

Ukrainian museum of holy icons

Radomushl town

Radomyshl - one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. Radomyshl territory, according to archaeological studies, has been inhabited by people for around 35 - 30 thousand years ago. In 2011 by the initiative of the family-Bogomolets-Sheremetiev in a renovated former watermill there has been opened a historical and cultural complex "Radomyshl Castle." In the authentic interiors XVII-XIX exposition of the Museum of Ukrainian domestic icons and antiquities is being exhibited with 5 thousand icons of XVII-XXI centuries presented from all regions of Ukraine from the private collection of Olga Bogomolets, including works of folk artists, who are often attached images of living human traits and emotions. Gem of the collection - the icon of St. Nicholas, carved in stone. The castle has a concert hall for 150 people, a ritual grand banquet hall, antique refectory with a large castle oven and 60-liter pot over an open fire. Near the castle is a landscape park.


Christianity came to the Crimea, the southern tip of which was once part of the Roman, then Byzantine Empire, much earlier than in Kiev and, therefore, there are many places to visit that a Christian can. It is interesting, but a little-known fact: it was precisely in the Crimea, where the most ancient Christian cross was found. Currently Crimea boasts many Christian relics, such as, Hersonissos - a sacred place for the Slavs, as it is here that Prince Vladimir of Kiev was Christianized. White columns of the ruins of the ancient Greek temples, not so long ago renovated St. Vladimir's Cathedral and the sparkling sea can make any Christian heart feel inspired.

Uspensky Monastery

This is a cave monastery carved out of the rock. Date of the founding of the monastery is disputed, although local monks claim that it came back in the 8th century, but was devastated when Byzantium lost its influence in the region. Proven created Monastery dates back to the 15th century.

Inkerman Monastery

Monastery of St. Clement Inkerman is a cave monastery erected in the rock near the mouth of the Black River, in the city of Inkerman. It was founded in 1850 on the site of a medieval Byzantine monastery where the relics of St. Clement were allegedly kept

Church of the Resurrection (Foros Church)

On the way to Sevastopol is a unique Church of the Resurrection (Foros Church), best known for its picturesque location, overlooking the coast of the Black Sea in the 400-meter-high cliff.

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