Kiev – The Churches

The Churches, Kiev, Ukraine, October 2021

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+ My feelings and historical part

I would only say one word “MAGNIFICENT”. The communist era destroyed many churches in Kiev. To give an idea, between 1927 and 1940, the number of Orthodox churches in the Russian republic fell from 29,584 to less than 500. Fortunately Saint-Sophie, the monastery of Saint-Michel-au-Dôme-d’Or have survived, as well as Laure des Grottes, among others. All these religious monuments are worth the detour. The exterior is already a feast for the eyes, but the interior shines with a thousand lights. The color palettes used are phenomenal. You will be able to see it in the page dedicated to the interior of the churches.
Despite the time spent, I could not see all the churches, there are so many.
Historical part
The construction of Saint-Sophia Cathedral started in 1037 and was completed 20 years later, on a total area of ​​29ha (0.11mi2). After the Russian Revolution of 1917, and during the campaign of religious persecution in the 1920s, the government planned the destruction of the cathedral and its transformation into a park dedicated to the  Heroes of Perekop  (a victory of the Red Army during the Civil War). The cathedral was preserved thanks to the efforts of many scientists and historians.
The Saint-Michel-au-Dôme-d’Or monastery dates from the beginning of the 12th century, and was built between 1108 and 1113. It was destroyed in the 1930s, during the Soviet period and rebuilt in the 1990s in style. Ukrainian baroque. It is located in the  Upper Town , the historical core and administrative district of Kiev, and dominates the shopping part of the city, the Podol district. It is a model of Ukrainian baroque style architecture. The monastery is under the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It is dedicated to Saint Michael, patron of Kiev.
The Kiev Cave Lavra or Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is an important Ukrainian Orthodox monastery. It was founded in 1051. It is the place of residence of the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church attached to the Moscow Patriarchate.
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