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Bell Tower of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv

The bell tower of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv is an architectural monument built in the style of the Ukrainian Baroque. It is one of the symbols of Kyiv and Ukraine.

This building was constructed on the means of Hetman Ivan Mazepa in 1699-1706. The component part of the National Reserve “Sophia of Kyiv”, the bell tower with a height of 76 meters is the vertical dominant of the Old Kyiv. Photos by: Alexey Novik.

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The belfry, a monument of cultural heritage of national importance, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Saint Sophia’s Cathedral – the view from the second tier of the bell tower.

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Refectory.

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Bells on the second tier of the bell tower.

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Inside the bell tower.

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Saint Sophia’s Square.

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Monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral and Vladimirsky Passage.

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This bell, cast in 1705 and weighing about 13 tons, is a valuable monument of artistic casting of the early 18th century.

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Stairways leading to the upper tiers.

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On the upper tier.

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Star of Bethlehem hanging under the dome.

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The views from the upper tier. From here you can see a lot of Kyiv sights.

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Saint Sophia’s Cathedral.

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral.

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Monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky.

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Saint Sophia’s Square.

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