Greetings! There are places in this wonderful world that are really amazing. The capital city of Ukraine, Kiev is full of them – you can spend months exploring the city and you will have fun doing it.
When you visit Kiev, you have to see the Saint Michael’s Monastery. The church and its surroundings are truly spectacular. However, there is more than meets the eye… The history of the Saint Michael’s Monastery is extremely interesting.
The historical records stated that the monastery was established in the mid-eleven century. As we know, the European history was very violent at times and the monastery was destroyed and rebuild few times. Mongol invasion seriously damaged the church and the monastery but it was carefully restored to its full glory.
The Russian Revolution and following Soviet regime dislike of anything that could be seen as a challenge to communist power doomed the monastery. In 1930’s, in deliberate move, Soviets destroyed the monastery, removed the golden domes and used the explosives to finish the job.
The story of the monastery could be finished here, but it reminded in the hearts of the Ukrainian people. The attempts to reconstruct the complex were started in 1970’s but the “rebirth” of the monastery happened only after the fall of the Soviet empire.
The new, “reborn” Saint Michael’s Monastery, was open to the public in 1999. The church was restored with carrying hands of Ukrainian people and it is a representation of their love for their tradition and national heritage.
Let’s enjoy the Golden Domes!