Askold's Grave

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Askold's Grave
Історична місцевість-парк Аскольдова могила 001.JPG
Main entrance to the park
Map showing the location of Askold's Grave
Map showing the location of Askold's Grave
LocationKiev, Ukraine
Coordinates50°26′38″N 30°33′5″E / 50.44389°N 30.55139°E / 50.44389; 30.55139Coordinates: 50°26′38″N 30°33′5″E / 50.44389°N 30.55139°E / 50.44389; 30.55139
For the opera, see Askold's Grave (opera)
Park "Askold's Grave" information board
Natural Reserve Fund of Ukraine official placard

Askold's Grave (Ukrainian: Аскольдова могила, romanizedAskoldova Mohyla) is a historical park on the steep right bank of the Dnieper River in Kiev between Mariinsky Park and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra complex.


The park was created by the Soviets in the mid-1930s in place of an old graveyard around the Church of St. Nicholas, which, as the story goes, marks the place where Prince Askold of Kiev was buried in the 9th century.[1]

In the Middle Ages, Askold's Grave was known as the Uhorske urochishche ("locality", "tract"). According to the Primary Chronicle, it was the place where the Magyars crossed the Dnieper on the way from the Russian steppes to Pannonia. Archeological excavations have revealed a 9th-century dirham hoard and some remains of Izyaslav II's wooden palace. There's a modern stele commemorating the Magyar migration.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Askold's Grave was settled by the Orthodox monks of St. Nicholas's Monastery. Hetman Mazepa had the monastery moved to a nearby hill, where a new Baroque penticupolar cathedral was then erected. The existing church of St. Nicholas "Slupsky" is a modest Neoclassical rotunda designed by Andrey Melensky in 1810.

A new golden-domed chapel was built on the bank of the Dnieper in 2000. The style is Ukrainian Baroque revival.[2] The chapel is dedicated to Saint Andrew Protokletos and belongs to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.[3]

Points of interest[edit]

Lost landmarks[edit]

  • Priest's House
  • Bell tower
  • St. Nicholas Hermitage
  • Necropolis (original)



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