Assumption Cathedral


This view of Assumption Cathedral is from Souvenir of Kiev, an early 20th-century album showing the main sites of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and at that time one of the most important cities of the Russian Empire. Also known as the Cathedral of the Dormition, Assumption Cathedral is a major building within the large monastery complex of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. It was originally built in the 1070s by Prince Sviatoslav Jaroslavovich but was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. After a fire in 1718, extensive redesign resulted in the building in the Ukrainian baroque style that is shown here. The cathedral is the largest of the churches, other sacred buildings, and dormitories of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, which was founded in 1051 in the extensive cave network on the site. The 25 views in Souvenir of Kiev are collotypes, made using a chemically-based printing process widely employed before the invention of offset lithography.

Last updated: February 29, 2012