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Cave Preservation in Kyiv


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This story is interesting - clearly not natural, but they are very old and historically important:


Timur Bobrovskyy, head of archaeology at the St Sofia state museum in Kyiv, has hailed it a significant and special discovery and concluded that it must be preserved for its “indisputable and cultural value”. Bobrovskyy assesses that the caves are more than 1,000 years old and have similarities to “medieval monastery cave complexes”. Judging by some of the markings, the caves have had visitors before Perov, but he surmised they had not realised their significance. Etched into the walls of one of the upper cave are runic symbols used by the Varangians, the Swedish Vikings who settled in Kyiv, including the Algiz, (“chicken’s foot”), used for protection and defence.