The cathedrals of Ukraine are not only places of pilgrimage, but also ancient architectural monuments, which enchant tourists with their majesty. Check out our list of the nine most beautiful temples in the country, and remember that each of them has its own unique history and sumptuous architecture.
There’s a general rule for tourists travelling to the capital of Ukraine: Kiev Pechersk Lavra is a must-see sight. This huge monastery complex is located in the heart of the city. The main temple of Lavra is Uspenski Cathedral, which sits on the banks of the Dnieper River. It was built in 1073 by one of the founders of the complex – the monk Anthony of Kiev. It is a great template of the ancient temples in Ukraine and a truly exquisite masterpiece.
Uspenski Cathedral, Lavrska St, 15, Kiev, Ukraine, +380 44 255 1105
St. Sophia’s Cathedral is a symbol of Kiev and a precious gem of the Sophia of Kiev National Sanctuary. The majestic temple in Byzantine style was constructed in the 11th century. St. Sophia’s Cathedral is an incredibly beautiful museum and temple complex, which annually welcomes thousands of tourists. It consists of the bell tower, the Metropolitan’s House, theological seminary and the cathedral. The interior also deserves attention, as it has preserved a large number of ancient frescoes and mosaics, made by the best Byzantine masters.
St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Volodymyrska St, 24, Kiev, Ukraine, +380 44 278 2620
Pochayiv Lavra is not just a regular cathedral – it is the biggest Orthodox shrine of Volhynia (region of Ukraine). The revered spiritual centre of Ukraine consists of 16 churches, the residence of the archbishop and monastic cells. Being located on the rocky hill, it offers a fascinating scenery to the visitors. Inside the cathedral, there is a sacred water source, which is covered with an iron case. Water flows down in droplets into vessels, which are usually given to worshipers.
Pochayiv Lavra, Pochayiv, Ternopil’s’ka oblast, Ukraine, +380 35 466 1218
A post shared by Myroslava Dovha (@myroslava_dovha) on Nov 18, 2017 at 6:25am PST
Lviv’s St. George’s Cathedral is a magnificent Rococo style architectural ensemble of the 18th century. It stands on the high hill above the city and perfectly matches with the urban landscape. The main façade of the building is adorned with amazing sculptures by the famous artist Johann Georg Pinsel, while the author of the project was German architect Bernard Meretyn. An interesting fact is that the chapel of monument hides the oldest bell in Ukraine, which was created in 1341.
Annunciation Cathedral is the most beautiful temple in Kharkiv – one of the largest cities in Ukraine and its former capital. The history of the cathedral dates back to the 17th century when it was not a monumental cathedral, but a small wooden church. In its current form, it was rebuilt only in 1789. The temple impresses with its solemnity, rich in interior decoration. The walls of the Annunciation Cathedral are painted by great Russian and Ukrainian artists. This temple is a favourite attraction for tourists not without good reason.
The leading temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral was built in 1882. The cathedral is an excellent representation of the Russian Neo-Byzantine architecture since the best architects and artists of the Russian Empire worked on its creation and decoration. St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kiev has seven domes and reaches 49 meters (160 feet) in height. But the main value of the cathedral is its unique paintings, due to which it received the status of a cultural heritage.
St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd, 20, Kiev, Ukraine, +380 44 235 5385
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.