The National Sanctuary Complex "Sophia of Kiev" is a state museum administration in Kiev and Sudak responsible for maintenance and preservation of some of its most precious historic sites. The card shows a large portion of the National Sanctuary complex in Kiev.
· Complex of Saint Sophia Cathedral, prime landmark
· Golden Gates, part of Sofia of Kiev since 1983
· St. Cyril's Monastery, created in 1929, it was transferred to Sofia of Kiev in 1965
· St Andrew's Church, part of All-Ukrainian Historic Site 1935, it was transferred to Sofia of Kiev in 1939 and 1968.
The creation of the cultural preserve (sanctuary) in 1934 by the order of the authorities of the Soviet Ukraine at the site of the Saint Sophia Cathedral has likely saved one of the holiest sites in Eastern Europe from destruction during the Soviet-wide anti-religious campaign of early 1930s. The preserve was established in place of the cathedral of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church that was dissolved in 1930. The museum's responsibilities were gradually expanded to other historic locations of Kiev.
In 1994, the sanctuary was accorded its current status of “National”. This card shows the many important monuments and churches in Kiev. Julia who lives in Kiev sent me this card.