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Kiev - Interior of the Dormition Cathedral

So far I have only very few interior pictures in my gallery here on TE.
Inadequate quality is usually the reason for it.

However, I really like to show some pictures of the rich and colourful interior of the Dormition Cathedral in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian: Києво-Печерська лавра).
This is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves.

The Kiev Pechersk Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from bell towers to a cathedral, to underground cave systems and to strong stone fortification walls.

The main church of the monastery, the Dormition Cathedral, has been built in the 11th century.
During World War II is has been destroyed a couple of months after the Nazi troops occupied Kiev.
Pro-Russian historians blame the destruction on the Nazis. German authorities hanged the blame on Soviet partisans.

What you see now, is a replica of the famous and sacred original. The reconstruction began in 1998 and was completed in time for its reconsecration during the Ukrainian Independence Day ceremonies in August 2000.
Only fragments of the Dormition Cathedral survived. Some were embedded in the walls of the reconstructed church.

Information from Wikipedia and from:
http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CD%5CO%5CDormitionCathedraloftheKyivanCaveMonastery.htm

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