St. Andrew's Church, Andriivs'kyi descentOpen Every Day

Don’t hesitate to visit one of the rare examples of Elizabethan Baroque architectural style. It is a true masterpiece.

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There are wonderful views from the observation deck around the base of the church

St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv perhaps represents one of those that doesn’t seem very popular at the first sight. But don’t let that deceive you. This church that was built in the 18th century, between 1747 and 1754, is a Christian Orthodox Church with plenty of interesting things to offer.

A construction design was done by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, known for his recognition of the Late Baroque style. Something that characterizes this excellent artist who lived in Russia is his abundance of decoration and extravagant luxury. And he successfully implemented his style in his church in the capital of Ukraine too. 

The place where this church is constructed has a massive religious significance for Christian people in Ukraine but also for the visitors who are supporters of this religious affiliation. It is located on a steep hill, the place called Andriyivskyy Descent. This area is very popular both among the tourists and locals too. It connects Kyivs’ Upper Town neighbourhood and Podil neighbourhood which is the most famous commercial one in the city. It is believed that Andrew The Apostle has foretold the future of this place on this exact spot. Since then, it became a true basinet of Christianity for the Slavic lands.

An Early History And Churches’ Exterior

One of the highly appreciable titles this church has is becoming an inevitable part of the National Sanctuary “Sophia of Kyiv” as it has been considered a piece of cultural and traditional heritage. This organization represents a preserve that includes many complexes of museums in order to maintain their status and be responsible for their keeping. Additionally, today this church is also recognized as a museum. Since 2010, this building was under massive reconstruction and it had been gifted to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, a member of one of 14-16 autocephalous churches that represent the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Something that is easily noticeable about this tourist attraction of big importance is its visibility from a nearby place, Podil. Its characteristic silhouette of a large dome and several smaller cupolas can’t be unrecognized from it. When it comes to its interior, the only thing visitors can see are mixtures of gold and red colours. It is now finally open again to the public, so don’t miss a visit to this wonderful church, even if to just to enjoy the views.

From nearby restaurants, people usually visit “PR Bar”, and “Za Dvumya Zaytsami”. Both of them offer European delicacies which always satisfy the appetite.

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