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Kiev's Hermitage-Style Monasteries

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Feofania, Goloseevo and Kitaevo are known for their former Hermitage-style monasteries in the southwest of Kiev. Visit these flourishing communities, which initially functioned as “pustun” (a small secluded community, “located in the desert”).
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM
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Ukrainian, English, German, Russian

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Pickup is available from centrally-located hotels and accommodations in Kiev.

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  • Enjoy the company of a private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Get a great overview and orientation of the city
  • Relax with pick-up and drop off at your hotel or apartment
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Take a guided tour of Kiev's monasteries and convents in Kitaevo, Goloseevo and Feofania. Two of them – Trinity monastery in Kitaevo and Pokrov monastery in Goloseevo – once belonged to the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery. 

Visit these sights to learn more about Ukrainian history. Discover that Trinity church in Kitaevo was built in 1768 by Stephan Kovnir and learn that the local caves were visited by Empress Elisabeth, daughter of Peter I The Great. She came to Ukraine to be with her new relatives – the family of her secret husband and former shepherd Alexy Rosumovsky. Hear that Elizabeth talked in the caves with the monk Dosifei, who you will be amazed to learn was an unmarried woman, hiding away from her family and posing as a man. Dosifei is now a saint, whose relic is visited by many pilgrims.

Next, head to Goloseevo monastery, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. See the unusual-style buildings for Kiev that are red in color (traditionally Kiev churches are white and green). One of the local churches is called the Spring of Life. Allow yourself to imagine the 1930s, when the Goloseevo monastery did not function. Discover that a woman named Alipia settled down next to it and prayed, while spending her nights dwelling in a hollow in the tree-trunk. Now Alopia rests in the church crypt and pilgrims visit her to ask for help, especially in their business life.

Hear the interesting history behind Feofania cathedral and other churches that are unusual for Kiev's religious architecture – as they are all also red and white. End your tour by visting St. Panteleimon’s cathedral – the tallest in Kiev.

  • Private guided tour
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Admission fees
  • Transport by private vehicle or minivan/minibus
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  • Food and drinks
  • Extra services

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Product ID: 77359