Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Factors affecting the property in 1999*
  • High impact research / monitoring activities
  • Housing
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Nécessité de reconsidérer sa politique de construction hôtelière et ses projets hôteliers spécifiques par rapport à leur contexte historique 
  • Projet de reconstruction de la cathédrale de la Dormition à Pechersk-Lavra 
  • Toute nouvelle excavation devra être effectuée selon les principes archéologiques ayant été admis
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1999
Requests approved: 1 (from 1998-1998)
Total amount approved : 19,750 USD
1998 Equipment to preserve ancient wall paintings, ... (Approved)   19,750 USD
Missions to the property until 1999**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1999

Summary of previous deliberations: At its twenty-second extraordinary session, the Bureau took note of the information provided by the State Party on the projects for the construction of hotels in the city of Kiev and the proposed reconstruction of the Dormition Cathedral in Pechersk-Lavra. It also noted the advice of ICOMOS that the final designs of the hotels should be verified and in-depth hydro-geological studies should be undertaken at the site of the Dormition Cathedral. The Bureau requested ICOMOS to field an expert mission to this effect.

New information: ICOMOS will present the results of an expert mission to Kiev during the session.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided/ may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1999
23 BUR IV.B.86
Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings (Ukraine)

ICOMOS reported on the results of a mission it undertook to Kiev in response to a request made by the Bureau at its twenty-second extraordinary session. The mission looked into the project to rebuild the Dormition Cathedral, particularly its hydrogeological implications. The mission concluded that, with the technology applied for the foundation, concerns for the stability of the soil are unjustified.

Furthermore, the mission reported that the Hotel Intercontinental project has now been modified and it will not be higher than the surrounding buildings and will not be intrusive. It also reported that the Laboratory House Office building has been lowered and will satisfy the initial objections.

Other issues discussed during the mission were:  the possible extension of the World Heritage site, the need for UNESCO support in obtaining expert advice on open and green spaces, general concern about the state of conservation of the city and the need for an international conference on monument reconstruction in Central and Eastern countries.

The Bureau expressed its appreciation of the actions taken by the State Party to modify the design of new constructions in Kiev so as to mitigate their impact on the Historic Centre. 

Report year: 1999
Date of Inscription: 1990
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Danger List (dates): 2023-present
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 23COM (1999)

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.