St. Volodymyr's Cathedral

    Address:20, Tarasa Shevchenka blvd.
    Phone:044 235 53 85
    Phone:044 235 03 62
  • St. Volodymyr's Cathedral was built in the memory of prince Vladimir who baptized Kyivan Rus in 998

    The idea of a cathedral in Kyiv devoted to the 900-th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus by Prince Volodymyr was expressed Metropolitan Filaret at the end of XVIII century. Emperor Mykola I (Nicholas I) liked the idea and in 1852 they began to collect funds for the construction of the temple all over the country.

    Construction of St. Volodymyr's Cathedral was complicated by technical difficulties, so it lasted 34 years (1862-1896). The initial project was prepared by the architects I. Shtrom from St. Petersburg and P. Sparro from Kyiv, and the final one – by O. Beretti, after a thorough re-working. According the plan, cathedral is the traditional six-foot, three a side temple, crowned by seven domes. The facades are rusticated, vaults are covered with sheets of iron, the domes are gilded. The iconostasis of the cathedral was made of smoky gray Carrara marble.

    Cathedral became a monument to the glory of outstanding cultural significance because of the unique paintings inside it. Art critic and professor A. Prakhov, oversaw the decorating. He invited the best Ukrainian (V. Zamyrailo, S. Kostenko, M. Pymonenko), Russian (V. Vasnetsov, M. Nesterov) and Polish (P. Svedomskyi, V. Kotarbinskyi, M. Vrubel) artists to work there.

    Solemn consecration of the cathedral took place on August 20, 1896, in the presence of Emperor Mykola II (Nicholas II) and his wife  Olexandra Fedorivna.

    In 1929, the cathedral was closed and turned into a museum of anti-religious propaganda. Since 1943 it became chair of Metropolitan of Kyiv, Galician (Halytskyi) and the whole Ukraine of Russian Orthodox Church, and since 1992 Cathedra of Metropolitan of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate is housed here. In the St. Volodymyr's Cathedral there are held the relics of St. Barbara and St. Macarius.

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