Winter in St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Kyiv.
The monastery includes the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael in the Ukrainian Baroque style (demolished in the 1930s and rebuilt in 1997-1998), the refectory with the Church of St. John the Divine (1713) and the bell tower (1716-1719). Photos by: Maxim Ritus.
St. Michael’s Cathedral, built in 1108-1113, was of particular importance to Kyiv because it was dedicated to the archangel Michael – the heavenly patron of the city. In the 12th century, the monastery was the burial place of the princes.
It is assumed that this cathedral was the first church with a gilded top, which later became one of the traditional features of Orthodox churches.