|The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Kiev Cave Monastery) in Ukraine|
The Lavra (head monastery in Greek) is one of Byzantium's holiest sites, where Orthodox monks established their young religion until Batu Khan invaded and burned Kiev in 1274. Still magnificent with its onion-shaped spires and gold ornamentation, the Lavra is a visit to Ukraine's glorious past. It is still an active place of Orthodox worship. The caves on the property serve as burial grounds for monks. There are a complex system of underground tunnels 2 to 2.5 meters high and up to 1.5 meters wide. The tunnels accessible to visitors in the Short Caves are 228 m long, in the long Caves, 293 m long.
|The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Interior)|