Pechersk Lavra is a Christian Orthodox monastery in Kiev, an impressive place of worship towards which millions of people go, every year, from all around the world.
The building is also recognized as the Monastery of the Caves and was named “One of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine”, based on the vote given by experts and the internet community.
The first data about Pechersk Lavra appeared at the beginning of the 11th century, when Anthony, an Orthodox monk who lived on Mount Athos decided to settle in the region that was deserted at that time. Monk Anthony chose to live in a cave overlooking Dnieper River on Mount Berestov. Step by step, the community of disciples grew due to the monks who decided that the caves were the perfect place where they could live in prayer. Prince Iziaslav I of Kiev appreciated so much the courage of the monks that he decided to assist them to build a real place of worship.
Pechersk Lavra is actually an impressive architectural complex consisting of numerous monuments, towers, churches, cathedrals and an underground system of caves, which is absolutely fascinating. Each church in Pechersk Lavra has something special, that’s why the churches are always overcrowded. This only serves to emphasize the fact that man has always had a special relationship with the deity and the most hidden desires go to God first.
The bell tower of the Pechersk Lavra monastery complex is one of the most notable features of the building, being among the main attractions. The construction features several levels and the golden dome totally changes the skyline of Kiev. The structure is 96, 5 meter tall, being designed after the lines of the classic style. At the time of the construction, the building was the tallest tower bell, today being dethroned by many other structures that were later built.
Pechersk Lavra monastery is perhaps the most beautiful building in the city. The golden domes have become a landmark, especially when you don’t know exactly in what area you are. On sunny days, the gold used abundantly shines and the perfect white walls complement this beautiful image. The interior is as spectacular as the exterior, with many icons, religious objects with precious stones, paintings and old books that turn Pechersk Lavra into a unique place. The exposition hosts many architectural relics and extremely rare portraits and photos. The museum also offers tours to the catacombs, the mummified remains of Orthodox saints.