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Welcome cocktail in St. Sophia Cathedral

St. Sophia’s Cathedral is not only the oldest cathedral in Kiev, but by far the most spectacular. Inside the gates waits a breathtaking world of buildings, a museum and historical treasures.

The first foundations were laid in the 11th century, but the cathedral took two decades to complete. 2011 the cathedral celebrated its 1000th anniversary.

After the Russian Revolution of 1917 and during the Soviet antireligious campaign of the 1920s, the government plan called for the cathedral's destruction and transformation of the grounds into a park. The cathedral was saved from destruction primarily with the effort of many scientists and historians.

Nevertheless, in 1934, Soviet authorities confiscated the structure from the church, including the surrounding seventeenth–eighteenth century architectural complex and designated it as an architectural and historical museum. Since the late 1980s Soviet, and later Ukrainian, politicians promised to return the building to the Orthodox Church.

The complex now remains a museum of Ukraine's Christianity, with most of its visitors being tourists. On 21 August 2007, the Saint Sophia Cathedral was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, based on votes by experts and the internet community.

Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

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2012-05-14 14:40

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