Kievan Rus’ was baptized by Volodymyr the Great in 988, known as the forefather of the Christian religious movement. It was at this point that the whole Empire became orthodox and this date is often considered to be the beginning of Christianity in Kiev. This tour will take you to the most significant religious sites, many of which are inscribed on the list of World Heritage. Saint Sofia Cathedral is undeniably the most well-known. It was built in the centre of Kiev in the 11th Century by the son of Volodymyr Yaroslav the Wise. Nowadays, the cathedral represents the beating heart of “Sofia of Kyiv”, one of the largest museum centres in Ukraine. Another unmissable site of orthodox significance is the Vydubychi Monastery. Once an epicenter of christianisation, it is now operating as a pottery and weaving workshop. You will be astounded by the beauty of the internal mural paintings of St. Volodymyr Cathedral, the main temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. At this location, you will have the opportunity to pray or listen to ongoing services. Kiev has a rich orthodox history because the princes who ruled Kievan Rus’ were very religious people and to leave Christianity’s mark indelibly on Kiev’s architectural landscape. The adoption of Christianity contributed to the development of architecture and art in its medieval forms, with the penetration of the Byzantine culture becoming the successor of ancient tradition. At this time, it was especially important to spread the Cyrillic alphabet therefore, after the baptism of Rus, the first monuments of Old Russian literary culture appeared. The adoption of Christianity as the state religion inevitably entailed the elimination of the pagan cults enjoyed before the grand patronage. Thus, Volodymyr’s baptism of the Rus’ Church was the great beginning of all that is now associated with the ancient Rus’ culture and spirituality. Historians say that the dominance of orthodox traditions gave Rus’ its thousand-year history. Beinside offers you an exciting journey into the world of Kiev Orthodox religion. We hope the guided tour will be informative and spiritual, giving you a real sense of the city’s religious identity from a past, present and future perspective. Any questions? Our team of travel experts are ready to help you. This tour can be booked securely in advance online. Just add it to your travel list!

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