Volodymyrska Street, 24, Kyiv

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The bell tower of St. Sophia Cathedral is the bell tower of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, a monument of Ukrainian architecture in the style of Ukrainian (Cossack) Baroque. It is one of the Ukrainian national symbols and symbols of the city of Kyiv.

It was built in 1699–1706 at the expense of Hetman Ivan Mazepa. It was significantly rebuilt in 1744–1748 according to the design of Johann Schedel, and in 1851–1852 the fourth tier was added according to the design of the diocesan architect Pavel Sparro. Vertical dominant of the Upper Town. An integral part of the National Reserve "Sophia of Kyiv".

It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List under № 527 (in the complex of monastic buildings of the Hagia Sophia). It is a cultural heritage monument of national importance, protection number № 1/2.

The height of the bell tower is 76 meters

The bell tower of St. Sophia Cathedral belongs to the tower type of buildings, four-tiered. The base in the plan is 20 by 14 meters. The height is 76 m. In the direction from west to east through the bell tower is a passage. The first tier consists of cross walls 1.5–2 m thick that converge at right angles. It serves as a support for higher tiers, the thickness of the walls of which is smaller - probably to reduce the load on the first. In the first tier, the cylindrical vaults serve as the floor, the upper three tiers do not have interfloor floors. They are a tower consisting of four corner pylons connected along the perimeter in the area of ​​connection of tiers.

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Sajid Decosta

Beautiful bell tower with very nice observation platforms on every level of the tower. If you decide to climb up, be aware of many steps and really strong wind. The bell tower is also not as old as the cathedral itself, but still a very impressive attraction of Kyiv.
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Re Kane Niaou

200uha general ticket for all entrances and the bell tower you need at least 2 hours
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Johannes Gutenberg

It’s main church of Ukraine and one of the most important and oldest temples of Orthodoxy.
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Martin Laššák

Nice view over the cathedral, the adjacent Sofia square and the city.
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G L Littleton

Between 1633 to 1767 Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa was responsible for bell tower, a monastery canteen, a bakery, a "House of Metropolitan", the western gates (Zborovsky gates), a Monastic Inn, a Brotherhood campus and a bursa (seminary) were all erected. All of these buildings, as well as the Cathedral after the reconstruction, have distinctive features of Ukrainian Baroque.
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