Kiev's Hermitage-style Monasteries

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10am. Flexible. Please choose your suitable time departure when booking and inform the sign name for the meeting. Otherwise Tour start at 10am by the local time from your Hotel or Apartment in case .. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler's centrally located Hotel or Apartment in Kiev.
  • Return Details :
    Tour ends with the hotel drop-off.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Feofania, Goloseevo and Kitaevo are known for their former hermitage style monasteries in the southwest end of Kiev. Now all those communities are flourishing but initially they functioned as pustun (Russian for a small secluded community, literally meaning located in the desert).

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Fully narrated tour

Know More about this tour

In Kiev a desert meant dense uninhabited woods. There are still 2 monasteries and convent 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.
Trinity church in Kitaevo was built in 1768 by Stephan Kovnir. 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. Elizabeth talked in the caves with monk Dosifei. As all other people she did not know Dosifei was unmarried woman, hiding away from his family and posing for a man. Dosifei is now a saint, whose relic is visited by many pilgrims.

Goloseevo monastery is dedicated to Pokrov (Ukrainian: veil) of the Virgin Mary. All its buildings look unusual for Kiev- they are red color (traditionally Kiev churches are white and green).One of the local churches is called the Spring of Life. In 1930s Goloseevo monastery did not functioned, but a woman by name Alipia settled down next to it and prayed. Her dwelling was 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.
Feofania cathedral and other churches are also unusual for Kiev religious architecture. They are all red and white. St. Panteleimons cathedral (1914) is the tallest in Kiev.

Inclusions

  • Private guided tour
  • Professional guide
  • Free Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admissions fees are free of charge
  • Transport by private car or minivan, minibus

Exclusions

  • Admission fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Extra service

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Know the History of the Religious life of the Kiev.

Another language speaking guide is on request.

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