Duration: 1,5 hours bus tour + 3,5 hours guided tour
Description: Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a unique monastery complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the first monasteries of the ancient state of Kyivan Rus. The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra dates back to 1051, when the first monk Anthony settled in a cave in the Dnieper hills. It is still one of the holiest places for Orthodox Christians. Every year a large number of pilgrims come here to worship the relics of the saints, among them Nestor the Chronicler, Alipiy the painter, doctor Agapit, epic hero Ilya Muromets and many more.
Lavra is a city within the city, numbering over 100 buildings, most of which are architectural monuments. Today the complex includes an elevated part with temples, monastic cells and museums, and an underground one with close and distant caves where the relics of holy monks rest. All of these are definitely worth visiting once you are in Kyiv!
Don’t miss the climb up the Great Lavra Bell Tower. It was built in the 18th century and is still one of the tallest bell towers in the world. Its height is almost 100m.