ST SOPHIA of KYIV

St Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev is one of the oldest working buildings on earth.

St Sophia’s Cathedral By Rbrechko – Own work,
CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75877963

Although no longer used for religious worship the building is still highly symbolic for Orthodox Christianity.

St Sopia’s Cathedral, public entrance

So, when one of the crosses that stands aloft on a green onion dome is blown to the ground, there are those who would view this as a warning or omen.

St Sophia’s Cathedral, 19th January 2022

On the night of January 18th 2022, Kiev experienced some of its strongest winds on record. During the hours of darkness one of the 10-foot brass crosses was blown to the ground.

St Sophia’s Cathedral

Spokesman Vadim Kirilenko, Deputy Director General of St Sophia’s Museum commented that the crosses were replaced in 1980 prior to the Olympic Games but that on inspection the work standard was poor.

St Sophia’s Cathedral

Another spokesperson commented that the weather is monitored constantly in an effort to ensure all aspects of the building are secure. Weather is more powerful than man! A full maintenance programme is now scheduled for the spring.

I visited St Sophia’s in May 2019. Here are a few images of both exterior & interior.

Eggs

There ends our brief excursion through St Sophia’s Cathedral. Now seems like the moment to add many of the photographs from my stay in Kiev between October 2001 and April 2004. Most of the images are from the spring of 2002. This was quite an experience for a Scottish country boy. Kiev is similar to Rome, built on seven hills. Flight time from Amsterdam is 2 hours and 40 minutes. If you like cities and 24 hour action I suspect there is no better value in Europe. ласкава просимо Lackava prosimo.

December 2001 previously Sichnovoho now Ivana Mazepy
at that time the British Consul was on the right beside the green covered truck
December 2001, Leipzig Hotel, sat empty for at least a decade
December 2001, St Sophia’s main entrance
February 2002, River Dniepr and view of the east side from Pechersk Lavra
February 2002, Khreschatyk,
Kiev main street looking north from the Central Bazaar
February 2002, Pechersk Lavra, north entrance.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church HQ
February 2002, Pechersk Lavra main square
February 2002, Taras Shevchenko Park & Shevchenko University
February 2002, Zoloty Vorota – Golden Gate
February 2002, Vladimir Putin at Golden Gate Metro station, main platform
March 2002 start of Victory Boulevard, National Circus building on the right
April 2002, Andrevskiy Uzviz, Two hares statue.
April 2002, Kiev city centre, babooshki preparing for spring planting
April 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev main street
April 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev main street
The main street is normally closed to traffic from late Friday night until Sunday night
April 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev main street
April 2002 Lesi Ukrainka Boulevard
April 2002, Nivki, west district cherry blossom
April 2002, Nivki Bazaar
April 2002, Nivki. Repair kiosk
April 2002, Vorovskoho Street walkway
April 2002, Pechersk skyline of the administrative area
April 2002, city centre skyline St Sophia’s left of centre
April 2002, Hotel President
April 2002, Republikanski Stadion
City centre apartments
April 2002, St Michael’s Monastery main entrance
April 2002, cobbles
April 2002, Volodomyrskaya
April 2002, Michaelovskaya, selling birch leaves
April 2002, River Dniepr
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Andrevskiy Descent, art & crafts bazaar
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street
Tchaikovsky Institute
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street, Luteranska
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street. Kvass, non-alchoholic beer
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street. comedian
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street. mime artists
May 2002, Khreschatyk, Kiev Main street
May 2002, Bessarabska apartments
May 2002 Pechersk high rise
May 2002 Pechersk military institute
May 2002, Nivki west district
May 2002, Nivki west district
May 2002, Nivki west district
May 2002, Nivki west district
May 2002, Nivki west district
May 2002, Nivki west district
May 2002, Nivki west district, cinema, since demolished
May 2002, Nivki west district, Scherbakova, early morning
May 2002, Podil district, Cossack monument
May 2002, Podil district, Soviet department store, since demolished
May 2002, Podil district, funicular railway to city centre
May 2002, Podil district, Postal Quay & River Dniepr
May 2002, Podil district, Postal Quay & River Dniepr
May 2002, Podil district, Postal Quay & River Dniepr cruise boat
May 2002, Podil district, Postal Quay & River Dniepr cruise boat
May 2002, Podil district, Postal Quay & River Dniepr cruise boat
May 2002 Victory Prospect, 5am May holiday
May 2002 Victory Prospect, 5am May holiday, T34
May 2002 Victory Prospect, 5am May holiday, Great Patriotic War
May 2002 Victory Square & National Circus
May 2002 Romanian Embassy
May 2002 Shevchenko Boulevard
May 2002 Victory Park, early morning, Great Patriotic War Glory monument
May 2002 Victory Park early morning, Great Patriotic War Glory monument
May 2002 Victory Park early morning, Great Patriotic War Glory monument
May 2002 Victory Park early morning, Great Patriotic War Glory monument
May 2002 Pechersk Lavra, south entrance
May 2002 Pechersk Lavra
May 2002 Pechersk Lavra & Victory Park
May 2002 Victory Park
May 2002 Victory Park
May 2002 Victory Park
May 2002 Victory Park, Kyiv, Minsk, Odessa, Sevastopol
May 2002 Victory Park
May 2002 Victory Park, Katyusha Rocket Launcher, Katyusha song
May 2002 Victory Park
May 2002 Pechersk district, Hotel Salut
May 2002 Pechersk district early morning dvornik, yard cleaner
May 2002 Boghdan Khemelnitsy Memorial
Ukrainian Cossack hero
May 2002 Vydybichy Park
May 2002 Vydybichy Park
May 2002 Vydybichy Park
May 2002 Vydybichy Park & River Dnieper
May 2002 Vydybichy Park & River Dnieper
May 2002 Vydybichy Park
May 2002 Vydybichy Park
May 2002 Vydybichy Park

Insider information on travel to, and in Ukraine is freely available, my connections who were smart then are now twenty years smarter, please ask.

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