Kiev Caves and the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra


This book, published in Kiev in 1864, is a history and description of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, also called the Monastery of the Kiev Caves (pechera means cave; lavra indicates a monastery of status), a large complex founded in 1051 by a monk named Anthony in caves dug out of the hillside. The monastery soon became the center of Christianity in Russia and played an important part in local cultural development, housing the first printing press in Kiev and famous chroniclers, writers, physicians, scientists, and artists. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the most important national Ukrainian shrine and a place of pilgrimage for the Slavic peoples in general. The book discusses the origins of monasticism in Kiev, recounts the construction of the first cave monasteries, and describes the monastic life. The relics of the saints and their locations are covered in detail. Included in the book are illustrations of monastery buildings and plans of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra complex.

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Sementovskii Printing House, Kiev


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Киевские пещеры и Киево-Печерская Лавра

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85 pages : illustrations

Last updated: March 7, 2014