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Kiev, Cave Monastery
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(Russ. Kievo Pečerskaja Lavra), the oldest monastery, theological and cultural center of Russia, and a place of pilgrimage until today. It was founded in 1051 by the hermit Antonij, who lived in a cave on the bank of the Dnieper. Due to the rapidly growing community of monks, the cave complex was considerably expanded. Their first abbot, Feodosy, extended the cave monastery above-ground and introduced the typikon of the Studios monastery, which spread from here and became accepted in the Russian monasteries. He was also responsible for …

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Stephan, Christian, “Kiev, Cave Monastery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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