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St. Sophia’s is Kiev’s oldest Orthodox cathedral, commissioned in 1037 by the scholarly Prince Yaroslav the Wise to give thanks for a military victory that lead to peace in Ukraine and a period of great cultural flowering. With 13 domed cupolas, all topped with green and gold, the cathedral was built next to his palace and had an interior of incredible lavishness, covered with Byzantine frescoes, mosaics and gilded ornamentation. As well as being a place of worship, it acted as a political meeting place for diplomatic negotiations and hosted the first school and library of the fledgling Kyivan Rus, a loose political federation of today’s Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Much added to and altered over the centuries, the complex survived fires and political unrest; the magical turquoise, white and gold bell tower was added in 1752 and the cathedral exterior underwent a Baroque facelift in the mid 19th century. Under Soviet occupation the cathedral was nearly torn down and replaced with a memorial park but miraculously those plans were scrapped. Amazingly the original 11th-century interiors and frescoes have remained largely intact and among the Biblical scenes portrayed on the walls are portraits of Prince Yaroslav’s family as well as secular images of jugglers, musicians and acrobats.

Now UNESCO World Heritage-listed, St. Sophia’s and its grounds are one of Kiev’s most impressive visitor attractions; a small museum of Ukrainian history is found in the 18th-century refectory, where highlights include models of the medieval city and fragments of mosaic from the cathedral.

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Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm
Volodymyrska Street, 24, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, 01025
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Must-see sights in Kiev by car

Must-see sights in Kiev by car

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You'll explore all must-see places in Kyiv with a personal guide by comfortable car, optimizing your precious time and savings. Best attractions and picturesque sights of our adorable city at your service. We always treat tourists as our own guests, in person and friendly. Kyiv is huge and stunning, so let's discover its most famous and off the beaten track.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

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See all of Kiev's highlights in a single private sightseeing tour. This excursion is a great option for first-time visitors or those travelers with a tight schedule, enabling you to see the landmarks and attractions on three different routes: the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery, St. Andrew's Decent, and a comprehensive city tour of Kiev. Along the way, listen to commentary from a guide, letting you in on hidden facts and less-known stories about the Ukrainian capital.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Kiev City Tour

Private Kiev City Tour

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Discover the top sights and monuments of Kiev on a private 3-hour tour. The flexible tour is offered on foot, by private car, or via minibus. You're also free to choose a start time that works for you. However and whenever you decide to see the city, your private guide is with you every step of the way.  The comprehensive tour takes you to St. Andrew’s Church, Hrushevskyi Street, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.00
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Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Kyiv Combo: Private Sightseeing Tour and Visit of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

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If you want to see everything that Kiev has to offer but are limited on time, a 5-hour private tour is the way to go.  Round trip private transportation takes you and your guide to all of the Ukrainian capital’s major attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.  While the tour is comprehensive, you set the pace and can customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

Kyiv in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour

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Experience Kiev your way on a 100% customizable private day tour. Beginning with pickup at your desired time and place, where you go depends on your interests. Choose from a long list of attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, and your private guide will create a custom itinerary. The duration of the tour can range from four to 10 hours, depending on your time restrictions.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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Chernobyl Tour from Kiev
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Chernobyl Tour from Kiev

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Explore the abandoned city of Pripyat on this 1-day Chernobyl tour from Kiev. Pass Dytyatky Checkpoint and head into Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone with a guide. Following an introductory briefing, head past Leliv Checkpoint and into Chernobyl town. Take in landmarks including the power plant, Kopachi Village and its abandoned kindergarten and Reactor #4. Head down Lenin Street to Pripyat’s now silent square and see collapsed schools, run-down hospitals, and derelict cinemas. After lunch, visit the secret Duga military radar station. Then, pass through compulsory radiation control before returning to Kiev.
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  • 11 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kyiv
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Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kyiv

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Explore the Chernobyl exclusion zone and gain insight into Soviet-era history on this 1-day tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat from Kiev. Head into the infamous Chernobyl exclusion zone with a guide. During your tour, take in landmarks and key sites such as the abandoned hospital, river port, and town hall, the defunct nuclear cooling towers and more. Gain insight into life before the nuclear catastrophe took place from your guide while you explore.
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  • 12 hours
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One day group tour to Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion

One day group tour to Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion

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A visit to Chernobyl is a must for any visitor to Ukraine, but it can be a challenge to stray away from the comforts of Kiev on your own. Make your visit to the haunting Soviet nuclear plant stress-free on a 12-hour group tour. Every detail of the excursion, including transportation and check-point crossings, is conveniently taken care of. Highlights include ghost town of Pripyat, the power plant, and Reactor 4.
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  • 12 hours
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$94.00
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Jewish History of Kyiv including Babi Yar Memorial Private Tour

Jewish History of Kyiv including Babi Yar Memorial Private Tour

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Whether you’re exploring your family heritage or want an intimate look at Jewish history in Kiev, a three-hour private tour is for you.  Beginning with hotel pickup, your driver and guide take you to many important points of interest relating to the Jewish people of Kiev, including Brodsky Synagogue and the Sholem Aleichem Monument.  The tour also includes a moving visit to Babi Yar before returning to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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$57.39
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Private Arrival Airport Transfer from Kyiv Boryspil Airport

Private Arrival Airport Transfer from Kyiv Boryspil Airport

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• Rely on a professional chauffeur to guide you safely to your hotel or departure airport • Take the worry out of your arrival at Boryspil International Airport with a pre-booked private transfer • Ask your local experts driver for insider tips
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  • 40 minutes
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 1 from Kyiv

Full-Day Guided Tour to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 1 from Kyiv

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Take a tour from Kyiv to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone during this small-group tour. Learn about the history of the area and the nuclear explosion that took place in 1986 as you explore the area. Walk through the city of Pripyat and the ‘Duga’ radar station among other zones that are generally off-limits to the public. Your tour includes all necessary permits, lunch, and permission to take photos and videos.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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Private Departure Transfer: Kyiv Boryspil International Airport from Kyiv Hotel

Private Departure Transfer: Kyiv Boryspil International Airport from Kyiv Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free departure with this private transfer from your Kiev hotel to the Kiev Boryspil International Airport. You'll travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, driven by a professional chauffeur and avoid the headache of navigating traffic and returning rental cars. This popular option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is easy to book ahead.
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  • 40 minutes
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Kyiv centre overview walking

Kyiv centre overview walking

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City introduction tour through touristic and off-the-beaten-path, stories with some guide's personal experience. Each time it is a unique tour mostly based on a mix of our guest's expectations and the guide's mood. The tour provided extremely cheap all because we are inspired to do it and sure it worth your time. If you really like the tour support you may also support it with some tips or donations to the guide. Then we will know people need it and will keep providing affordable price with good quality.
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  • 2 hours
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2-Day Chernobyl, Pripyat and Duga Tour with Hotel and Babushka Visit

2-Day Chernobyl, Pripyat and Duga Tour with Hotel and Babushka Visit

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Explore one of the most famous exclusion zones on Earth on this 2-day Chernobyl tour from Kiev. Listen as a guide sheds light on the Chernobyl disaster en route to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Explore the abandoned city of Pripyat and discover eerie relics of a bygone era. See collapsed schools, run-down hospitals, and derelict cinemas, and marvel at the ways in which nature is reclaiming the land. Meet locals who have survived the nuclear explosion, and get the facts on the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station.
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  • 2 days
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Tour Of Central Kiev With Natalia

Tour Of Central Kiev With Natalia

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GREETINGS! My name is Natalia. I am a certified tour guide with 5 years’ work experience. I hold a TOUR GUIDE CERTIFICATE from Kiev University of Law, Economics, and Tourism. If you want to have a truly enriching experience in Kiev, feel free to book my one-of-a-kind TOUR OF CENTRAL KIEV. We'll start our tour in Kiev's main square - Maidan - which is packed with Kiev's iconic monuments like the MONUMENT TO THE FOUNDERS OF KIEV, PECHERSKI GATE, INDEPENDENCE COLUMN, to name a few. We'll then walk to ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL famed for its architecture and golden domes. Close to it stands ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH which tops Kiev's most adorable street - ST. ANDREW’S DESCENT. A few blocks away is the STATUE of the chief of Ukrainian Cossacks’ Army BOHDAN KHMELNYTSKYI. The highlight of our tour is Ukraine's oldest standing church and a UNESCO world heritage site - ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL. Hello! In Oct 2020, MY TOUR OF CENTRAL KYIV WAS AWARDED A BADGE OF EXCELLENCE BY VIATOR- the TripAdvisor's arm.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

Kiev Best Sights Private Half-Day Tour

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Make the most of your limited vacation time and discover the top sights of Kiev in just three hours on a private sightseeing tour. Pick a start time that works for you then follow your dynamic guide to the Ukrainian capital’s highlights. Visit the National Opera House, Independence Square, and more. The tour also takes you to the UNESCO listed St. Sophia’s Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
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Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

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Get a quick and thorough overview of Kiev’s main attractions on a private 3-hour tour. The comprehensive itinerary is perfect for visitors who want to get the lay of the land or travelers short on time. See the National Opera House, Golden Gate, Andriyivskyy Descent, and much more. You can also try traditional black caviar at Besarabsky Market. Along the way, learn about contemporary culture in Ukraine from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$44.65
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2 hours Private Walking Tour in Ancient Kiev

2 hours Private Walking Tour in Ancient Kiev

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Ancient Kiev walking tour is the best first acquaintance with the city. In 2 hours, you will see the most famous and hidden parts of the city with the major cathedrals, monuments, where dreams come true and national symbols of Kyiv and Ukraine. The local guide will tell you a lot about Ukrainian history, culture and the modern life of the our beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours
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$43.56
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Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

Kiev Private 6-Hour Tour - Best Sights

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Discover the top attractions of Kiev at your own pace on a private 6-hour walking tour. The well-rounded itinerary takes you to the Golden Gate, St. Andrew's Church, Khreschatyk Street, and more. You also get time to explore the vibrant Podil neighborhood, which many other tours miss. Midway through your adventure, have a traditional Ukrainian lunch at a local eatery. All the while, enjoy the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$84.61
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"Ancient Kiev" - walking tour

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I believe that almost every nation in different period of history were in the bloom. Just remember Maya, Roman, Portuguies, Osman Imperia’s..etc.etc… The same happened here – in Kiev! From 10 till 13 century there were a huge state bigger than nowadays Ukraine - called Kievan Rus. With strong and powerful leaders, who’s name’s somehow remember even teenagers (and we all know that young people are not big fans of history only when its Game of Thrones or Tanks) After this tour you will defiantly be shocked about Kiev age and beauty (usually it is not so easy to stay in a good shape after so many years). You will know a little bit of our history, see top 5 places in Old town and have some fun in a good company. What we will see:  Golden Gate  St.Sophia Cathedral  Bogdan Khmelnitsky monument  Old Kiev hill  Andriivska church  St. Michael Cathedral  St.Olga&St.Andrew  Vladimirsky hill  European Square
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Kiev One Day 6-Hour Tour

Kiev One Day 6-Hour Tour

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This tour will give you an overview of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit all the big sites and many of the secret ones on this 6-hour tour. Discover the roots of Kiev's past. Experience modern Kiev like a local. Kiev One Day 6-Hour Tour is the best option for the tourists who visit Ukrainian capital in a short period of time and want to see all the essential sights of the city. Your program of this Kiev One Day tour may be all tailored to your requests. You pick the start time of the tour. I design the tour from any central venue.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.26
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$88.26
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Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

Private Kyiv City Tour by Car with Local Guide

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Discover top city attractions in the Ukraine capital with ease on this private 3-hour Kiev city tour. Hop into your private vehicle at your Kiev hotel and travel through the city streets with a guide. Admire famous statues including the Founders of Kyiv Monument and the monument to St Andrew the Apostle. Take in popular landmarks such as Askold’s Grave, the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore bustling Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and admire fine views over the surging Dnieper River.
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  • 3 hours
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$57.39
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Kiev in 3 Hours - Main Sights and Hidden Gems

Kiev in 3 Hours - Main Sights and Hidden Gems

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From Saint Sophia Cathedral to the Golden Gate, you’ll cover a long list of top sites on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Exploring with a personal guide means you’ll get stories behind each thing you see, and learn about hidden, lesser-known places as well. It’s tailored to you, ensuring you can discover the city at your own pace, without the fixed schedule of a group tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$52.79
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$52.79
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Discover Kyiv: The Most Complete 6 Hours Private Sightseeing Tour by car

Discover Kyiv: The Most Complete 6 Hours Private Sightseeing Tour by car

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Experience all that the Ukrainian capital has to offer on a private 7-hour tour. Exclusive round-trip transportation allows you to skip the headache of public transit and complete the comprehensive itinerary with ease. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, St. Sophia, and the world's deepest metro station. Along the way, your personal guide provides engaging and interactive commentary that you won’t find in a typical guidebook.
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  • 6 hours
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$169.33
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What are St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation?
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St. Sophia Cathedral hours of operation: Fri–Tue 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book St. Sophia Cathedral tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Sophia Cathedral can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Sophia Cathedral 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Sophia Cathedral costs USD 5.00. Guided St. Sophia Cathedral tours start around USD 5.00 per person.
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