St. Volodymyr's Cathedral
Kyiv, 20 T. Shevchenko Blvd.
+38044 225 0362
St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral is one of the city’s major highlights and the mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was constructed in commemoration of the 900th anniversary of Christianization of Kyivan Rus. The temple is a classic example of Russian-Byzantine style.
The architecture of the cathedral does not completely match the luxury and artistry of interior decoration. The magnificent cathedral gained the fame of Kyiv pearl due to its colourful interior.
Interior design was created under the guidance of Professor A. Prakhov and by a group of outstanding painters: V. M. Vasnetsov, M. A. Vrubel, M. V. Nesterov, P. A. Svedomskyi and V. A. Kotarbinskyi. Mosaics were executed by masters from Venice.
The relics of St. Barbara and St. Macarius are kept in the St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral.
One after another three architects drew up the plans for the project and worked on the design of the cathedral. In 1862, on St. Volodymyr’s Day, the laying of the foundations took place. Since 20 years the construction of the building was completed and during 1885-96 interior paintings were executed.
It was only in 1896, after the church had been decorated, that St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral was solemnly consecrated in the presence of Tsar Nicholas II. In 30th years of the XX century the cathedral operated as a museum and archives.
Since 1992 it has been operating as the mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.