St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery is located on the hills of the right bank of Dniepr River, and its sky blue walls and golden domes overlook the merchant and commercial district of the city. It was named after Michael the Archangel, a patron saint of Sviatopolk II, a prince of the Kievan Rus in 1093-1113, who gave orders to build the original church and since then during centuries this place was a family cloister of Svyatopolk's clan.
"Golden-Domed" means that the spherical roofs of the church were covered with gold, and St. Michael's was the first cathedral of the ancient Rus with such extravagant shiny cupolas which lately became a hallmark of the Orthodox church. In 1240, however, the complex has been heavily damaged during the Mongol invasion, and in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the building was rebuilt several times.
The final reconstruction of the cathedral has been completed in May 2000. Remarkably striking blue painted Baroque-style exterior and incredibly ornate and pristine interior make it one of the most historic and popular attractions in the city. Besides 45 square meters of a legendary original mosaics, baroque icons and frescoes, the interior preserve ancient artefacts like a round staircase tower and a small temple-baptismal - the parts of the old church which were found during excavations of the site.
You can get to the monastery by funicular (a great experience in itself) from Pochtova Ploscha metro station, or from Michaylivska Square. No photo allowed inside, but usually no one is approached for making a photo.
The entrance to St. Michael’s is free. It is open from 08:00 till 19:00, and its services are held daily at 08:00 and 17:00, and on Sundays at 08:00, 10:00, 17:00. In overall, you would need 30-45 min to see everything both inside and outside. Also, for a small fee you can visit a history museum and climb the bell tower which worth it for the superb views.