Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kiev Pechersk Lavra - Ukraine

This card from Kiev was also sent by Oksana. It's also from an Unesco site but i wanted it because it was one of my favorites.

Kiev Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is an historic Orthodox Christian monastery which gave its name to one of the city districts where it is located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015, the Lavra has been a preeminent center of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe.

Together with the Saint Sophia Cathedral, it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery complex is considered a separate national historic-cultural preserve (sanctuary), the national status to which was granted on March 13, 1996. The Lavra also not only located in another part of the city, but is part of a different national sanctuary than Saint Sophia Cathedral. While being a cultural attraction, the monastery is currently active.

It was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine on August 21, 2007, based on voting by experts and the internet community. - in: wikipedia

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