Saint Sophia Cathedral
Come to Kiev and visit the city’s most beautiful and famous landmark, the 11th-century Saint Sophia Cathedral. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the golden cupolas of the Saint Sophia Cathedral dominate Kiev’s skyline.
Be awestruck by the stunning Byzantine and Ukrainian Baroque architecture of Saint Sophia. Step inside and discover one of the most impressive displays of mosaics and frescoes by Byzantine masters in all of Europe.
Stay in a hotel a short stroll from the splendid Saint Sophia Cathedral - the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev.
Saint Sophia Cathedral: Church of the Holy Wisdom
The Saint Sophia Cathedral stands as one of Europe’s most significant edifices representing Eastern Christian culture in the 11th century. Founded in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the Saint Sophia Cathedral took two decades to complete. Saint Sophia then acted as a significant cultural and political centre of Kievan Rus, used when anointing Kievan princes, when receiving foreign ambassadors and as a burial place for Kievan rulers.
As guests explore the Saint Sophia Cathedral, they will discover a glorious union of architecture and symbolic imagery. Gaze heavenwards to the cathedral's golden domes, representing Christ crowned by his 12 Apostles. Follow biblical scenes unusually presented beside secular imagery in the stunning ancient frescoes adorning the cathedral walls, pillars and vaults. Discover 11th-century graffiti and how it provides important insight into the cathedral’s fascinating story.
Stay within minutes of the Saint Sophia Cathedral
Discover the glorious Saint Sophia Cathedral and other Kiev attractions while staying in five-star comfort in a hotel in Kiev - the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev.
After a day of sightseeing, experience fine dining in one of two excellent hotel restaurants. Sample traditional Ukrainian specialities in the Bistro Cote Est or feast on superb Italian cuisine in the elegant Mille Miglia Ristorante and Enoteca.