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St. Andrew's Church, Kiev

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The Saint Andrew's Church is a major Baroque church located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The church was constructed in 1747–1754, to a design by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a cathedral. The church is part of the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kiev" as a landmark of cultural heritage.The Saint Andrew's Church overlooks the historic Podil neighborhood, situated on a steep hill to which the church gave its current name—Andriyivska Hill. It is currently one of four architectural landmarks of Ukraine, which were put down on the List of Mankind Treasures of Five Continents by the world society.As the church sits atop a hill, foundation problems have been one of the main concerns of preservationists. More recently, the foundation below the church has started to shift, causing some concerns that the church's foundation might collapse. Cracks have already appeared in the foundation, and some of the church's falling decor has been found in neighboring areas.LocationSaint Andrew's Church was built in honor of Saint Andrew who is recognized as the "Apostle of Rus". According to the chronicle The Tale of Bygone Years, Saint Andrew came to the Dnieper (Dnipro) river's slopes in the 1st century AD and erected a cross on the current location of the church. He prophesied that the sparsely inhabited area would become a great city. As he predicted, the site arose to become the city of Kiev, a center of the Eastern Orthodox faith.
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  • This is a beautiful cathedral from the outside, but it is closed to the public for renovation  until sometime in 2021. There is still a charge to go on to the grounds and view the surrounding area. I ...  more »
  • We visted the church and then shopped at the stalls along the Andriyvski descent.It is currently closed for refurbishment but the exterior views of this Baroque Church are outstanding.The Gold and pal...  more »
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  • One of those churches that looks great from the outside, but is only for you on the inside if you are into icons and that sort of thing. Lots of good restaurants nearby and an outdoor art market during summer. Convenient to the British Embassy, the Intercontinental and the Hyatt. Or walk down St. Andrew's descent to Podil area.
  • This church is one if the most picturesque and well known buildings in Kiev. The famous Andrew's decent starts here. One can see or even buy the artistic painting or souvenirs here.
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