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Address: Ukraine, Kiev, 6, Tr'okhsvyatytel's'ka St.
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery is one of the most ancient monasteries in Kiev. It was built on the bluff of Old Kiev Mountain. It is suggested that St. Michael’s Cathedral was the first temple having gold plated cupolas, so that’s where the distinctive Russian tradition of covering cupolas with gold started. St. Michael’s Cathedral was also the last temple of Kievan Russia, that had mosaic decorations in its interior. The legend ascribes the establishment of the monastery to the first Kiev metropolitan Michael. In 1108 its construction was ordered by Prince Sviatopolk Iziaslavovich. Erected in 1108-1113 St. Michael’s Cathedral was very significant for Kiev citizens as it was dedicated to Michael the Archangel, Kiev’s patron. The legend also refers to Sviatopolk’s reign the waftage of the Golden-Domed Monastery’s most important shrine which is hallows of Great Martyr Barbara (later transferred to St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral) from Constantinople to Kiev in 1108. St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral of Kiev over its history had seen numerous devastations and partial decays but managed to survive till the 30s of XXth century when in the course of the fight against so-called religious relict the Cathedral was blown up. Luckily some part of the wall-painting and mosaics which decorated the interior of St. Michael’s Cathedral had been carried out before the temple was ruined and was stored in USSR museums. Reconstructed in 1997-1998 St. Michael’s Cathedral (inaugurated on May 30, 1999) is now one of the main temples of non-canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchy. Starting from 2001 Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation was conveying original fragments of the Cathedral’s wall-painting and other items enchased in Hermitage Museum to the ownership of Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Ukraine. Today all these relics can be observed in the chambers of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral.
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