Kiev's Golden Domes
Beautiful Golden Domes and Stunning Churches
No trip to Kiev (Kyiv) is complete without a visit to the Pechersk Lavra, or as it is also known, the Kiev monastery of the caves. It was founded during the Kievan Rus period in 1051. For Orthodox Christians the Kiev Pechersk Lavra has become the third most important religious site in the world after Jerusalem and Holy Mount Athos.
The Pechersk Lavra is the birth place of orthodox Christianity and the site of the most famous and sacred monastery in Eastern Europe. The golden domed monasteries and cathedrals of the Lavra have unique cultural and historical status recognised by UNESCO and is now a protected world Heritage site. Religion and spirituality run deep in Ukrainian culture, and you can find many beautiful monasteries, cathedrals and churches all around Kiev.
Askold Grave in Kiev - Kyiv is part of a beautiful park complex on the river Dnieper's right-bank and is located between Dnieper descent and Mariininskiy park. It is a significantly historical and cultural site in Ukraine, surrounded by legends and mythical stories of ancient Kyiv.
The Legend goes that in this place in 882 Prince Oleg of Novgorod in order to seize power in Kyiv murdered Varyag Askold. According to the legend, Askold was buried here and has since become known as Askold’s grave.
It is not an easy place to find as it is a bit out-of-the-way. The nearest metro station is Arsenalna but it's a good 20 minute walk to get to Askold's grave from the station. When you leave the station turn left, when you reach "The Park of Eternal Glory" (just the other side of the underpass) you will need to turn left again. Look for a hill going downwards and keep to the right. At the bottom of the hill you will see a small church and just across the road you will find the entrance to Askold's grave.