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St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev: A Photo Essay

 Magic Hour St.Sofias flare

Magic Hour: St. Sophia’s Looking Good With Some Flare

Before my recent visit to Kiev I can’t say I was really a fan of Eastern Orthodox Architecture. That all changed when I saw St. Sophia Cathedral (Собор святої Софії). St. Sophia’s was located so close to my hotel the Hyatt Regency Kiev, I got a chance to walk around the grounds shortly before the UNESCO World Heritage site closed for the day. Built in 1037 with the intent to rival the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (then Constantinople), my impression from my quick visit is that St. Sophia’s does a pretty good job. Opening hours at St.Sophia: 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00, closed on Thursday.
Here are some of my favorite images from my photo walk through the grounds of St. Sophia’s.

 Bells near the bell tower  Bells of St.Sofia

Bells near the Bell Tower

 Domes of St.SofiaDomes of St. Sophia

Marigolds in St.Sofia courtyard Women visiting St. Sophia's

Marigolds and women at St. Sophia’s

 statue of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Kiev

Statue of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, Kiev

Note: My trip to Kiev was far too brief, and I look forward to returning soon and checking out the interior of St. Sophia’s and the related monastic buildings.

Photosynth panorama of the St.Sophia grounds

If you’re headed to Kiev, I recommend you check out Larissa Olenicoff’s Introduction to Kiev in Photos Post for the Matador Network. Larissa was a lovely virtual tour guide to the city, and she’s also a great mobile photographer.