The Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Kiev-Pechersk-LavraKiev Pechersk Lavra or Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, most importantly it is a significant Orthodox Christian monastery. The monastery is built on top of a massive series of tunnels. It is likewise a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, and the one of the biggest museums in Kiev with numerous sub-museums held inside it.

Despite the fact that from a distance it would appear as standard Orthodox Church it is built on top of a hage and “exceptionally perplexing system of narrow underground passages” that hold monks living quarters. Voyagers in the 16-17th century composed “that the catacombs of the Lavra extended for hundreds kilometres, reaching at the extent that Moscow and Novgorod” which, however a misrepresentation, assisted make the complex renowned worldwide. The catacombs likewise hold various entombments and relics, such the bodies of mummified saints, for example Saint Kuksha, Nestor the Chronicler, and Alipy of the Caves, which today are shown covered with cloth.

Among the museums in the above ground complex are the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, a Book and print history historical museum, a gallery of Ukrainian people craft, a theater and film arts museum and the state historical library, yet without a doubt the most interesting and most inquisitive of the galleries is the micro-miniature museum. This too has a Ukrainian connection, as the micro miniatures are the work of the world micro-miniature expert Mykola Syadristy. Syadristy was conceived in Ukraine in 1937 and has been making micro-miniatures since he was in his twenties or for practically forty years. Among his creations are the expressions “long Live Peace in Ukrainian” engraved on a human hair, infinitesimal portraits of Ernest Hemingway and Yuri Gagarin, what is believed to be the world’s smallest book with 12 pages at a impressing 0.6 square millimeters, every page loaded with the composition and illustration of Syadristy himself.

Among the different things to be seen (all of which must be seen through a magnifying lens) are a golden chess situated on a pin head and the picture of Russian author VV Andreev etched onto glass and fitted into one half of a poppy seed.

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