Researchers of monuments of the National Conservation Area

Researchers of monuments of the National Conservation Area

The study of St. Sophia Cathedral, its architecture, monumental and easel painting, decoration, graffiti inscriptions is an important section of national and world science. The interest of several generations of scientists in this monument is quite understandable, because it is an artistic masterpiece, an inexhaustible source of study of many issues. Sophia’s research has a 200-year history and includes dozens of names and hundreds of publications. Metropolitan of Kyiv Eugenii (Bolkhovitinov) initiated a fundamental study of the monument. His work was continued by a constellation of scientists who dedicated their monographs and dissertations to Sophia, made discoveries that became a significant contribution to science. Including:

Evgenii (Bolkhovitinov), Metropolitan of Kyiv

(1767 – 1837)

Became a head of Kyiv Metropolia in 1822. The author of the first monograph about Sophia of Kyiv – “Description of the Kyiv-Sophia Cathedral and the Kyiv hierarchy” (1825). This work actually became the first history of the Rus’ Church. The initiator of the archaeological researches of the Kyiv monuments – the Church of the Tithes and Irynynska Church, St. Sophia Cathedral and the Golden Gate. A tireless collector, researcher and publisher of historical documents. He published two dictionaries of 720 clergy and laity biographies – national figures of science, culture and education.


 Kindrat Andriiovych Lokhvytskyi


Russian official, amateur archaeologist, member of the Society of Russian History and Antiquities.

He worked in Kamyanets-Podilskyi, Novorossiysk and Moscow provinces. In 1823 he settled in Kyiv, and in 1824 he began excavating the remains of the Church of the Tithes. He also discovered the location of the Irynynska Church near the Golden Gate.

In May 1832 he began excavations of the Golden Gate, which lasted until 1834. After the visit of Emperor Mykola I to Kyiv and the last inspection of the ruins on September 9, 1832, K. Lokhvytskyi repeatedly addressed letters to the Kyiv provincial leadership, including the governor general V. Levashov, and then on November 26 to the king himself with a request to make efforts to preserve the monument. In addition, K. Lokhvytskyi is the first to measure the monument and its first dimensional drawings. It was he who came up with the idea of ​​protecting the monument with a special coating.


Petro Gavrylovych Lebedyntsev, Archpriest of St. Sophia Cathedral

(1819 – 1896)

Well-known church, public and scientific figure, one of the best representatives of church and archaeological science of the 19th century. Hegumen of St. Sophia of Kyiv for 28 years, from 1868 to 1896. He is an author of five monographs on St. Sophia Cathedral. Enriching the descriptive method of his predecessors, he proposed a new analytical-problematic approach to the study of Sophia. Many of his findings have not lost their scientific significance to date.


Adrian Viktorovych Prakhov

(1846 – 1916)

Fine art expert, archaeologist and art critic, professor at the Kyiv Imperial University of St. Volodymyr. An outstanding researcher of St. Cyril’s Church, St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral. He made a sensational discovery and scientifically based restoration of the frescoes of St. Cyril’s Church and the mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral, as well as researched, copied and described this unique monumental painting.

The repository of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” contains personal archival documents of Adrian Prakhov, related to the research of St. Cyril’s Church and St. Sophia of Kyiv.


Dmytro Vlasovych Ainalov           

(1862 – 1939),

Yegor Kuzmych Redin

(1863 – 1908)           

Founders of national art history, professors, authors of research on the history of art culture of Byzantium and Kyivan Rus. Сo-authors of two well-known publications: “Kyiv-Sophia Cathedral: A Study of Ancient Mosaic and Fresco Painting” (St. Petersburg, 1889) and “Ancient Art Monuments of Kyiv: St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed and St. Cyril’s monasteries” (Kharkiv, 1899). For the first time, an art history analysis of Sophia’s mosaics and frescoes was carried out.



Fedir Ivanovych Titov


Doctor of Church History, Honored Ordinary Professor of the Kyiv Theological Academy, hegumen of St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv in 1896-1918. He is the author of fundamental works on the history of the Kyiv Theological Academy, a thorough study of the “Rus Orthodox Church in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17th-18th centuries”, popular science publications on Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, other Kyiv monasteries and temples, in particular “Historical description of St. Andrew’s Church” (1897).


Ipolyt Vladyslavovych Morgilevskyi

(1889 – 1942)

Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Architecture, Professor. Well-known historian of architecture, long-term researcher of Sophia and other old Rus monuments of Kyiv. Carried out large-scale field research of the Cathedral (measurements and probings). On the materials of his own research in the 1920s and 1930s, he made the first scientifically substantiated reconstruction of Sophia, embodying it in a model of the ancient appearance of the Cathedral.


Luka Petrovych Kalenichenko

(1898 – 1968)

Restorer and art critic. Founder (1938), chief artist-restorer, consultant (after 1945) of the State Research Restoration Workshop.

Scientific Secretary (1942–45), deputy director of the Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of the USSR Academy of Sciences; director (1945–47) of the Institute of Art Industry, head of the restoration sector (1947-48) of the Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the USSR; head of the Ukrainian art history department of the Research Institute of Theory, History and Prospective Problems of Soviet Architecture.

Head of restoration works, in particular the murals of St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral (1946–1952) and St. Sophia Cathedral (since 1952), St. Cyryl’s Church (1950) and St. Andrew’s Church (1951–1952). Together with Evgenii Mamolat and Olga Plyushch he developed a scientific method of studying the state of monumental painting and determining the processes of restoration, painting basis fixation. He was the first who used synthetic resins.


Victor Mykytovych Lazarev

(1897 – 1976)

Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Arts, Professor. Researcher of Byzantine and old Rus painting, scientist of international renown. Victor Lazarev’s fundamental monograph “Mosaics of Sophia of Kyiv” is the first complete edition devoted to Sophia mosaics. His significant in volume and content publications “Frescoes of Sophia of Kyiv” and “Group portrait of the Yaroslav family” became a kind of mini-monographs. Author of the widely known monographs “History of Byzantine Painting” and “Mykhailivski Mosaics”.


Mykola Viacheslavovych Holostenko


Well-known Ukrainian researcher, architect and restorer of old Rus architectural monuments of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Putivl, Novgorod-Siversky, etc.

Mykola Vyacheslavovych has done a lot of work to study, protect and restore the architectural monuments of Ukraine and, directly, the monuments of National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”. He reconstructed the original appearance of the legendary St. Cyril’s Church in Kyiv. He took part in the reconstruction of the Golden Gate in Kyiv. An author of numerous research articles, drawings, photographs on the architectural monuments he studied, including St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv.


Oleksa Ivanovych Povstenko

(1902 – 1973)

Director of Sophia Reserve in 1941-1943, who took care of its monuments under the difficult conditions of the occupation regime. Architect, historian, literary critic, artist, public figure. Art critic, associate professor, full member of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Society named after Taras Shevchenko (USA). Well-known researcher of Sophia of Kyiv, author of the capital monograph “Cathedra of St. Sophia in Kyiv” (New York, 1954), in which O. Povstenko related about St. Sophia as fully as possible for his time. At the end of the war he went abroad, spent the last years of his life in emigration.


Mykhailo Kostiantynovych Karger

(1903 – 1976)

Well-known historian-archaeologist, art critic, doctor of sciences, professor, laureate of the USSR State Prize, holder of the Order of Lenin. For many years he researched the monuments of ancient Kyiv, paying special attention to St. Sophia Cathedral. Author of the capital monograph “Ancient Kyiv”. This monograph, which, along with other Kyiv monuments, examines in detail the history and architecture of Sophia of Kyiv, its architectural and archaeological research, still remains one of the best publications on the significant sites of monumental architecture of ancient Kyiv.


Varvara Hnativna Levytska


Researcher of the Conservation Area in 1950 – 60’s. Researching the palette of mosaics of Sophia of Kyiv, carried out chemical, petrographic, spectral analysis of mosaic smalt, studied the techniques of mosaic set, color solutions in this process. For the first time, she laid out the smalt by color and found out that Sophia mosaics have 177 colors and shades.


Hryhoriy Nykonovych Logvyn

(1910 – 2001)

An outstanding scientist, architect, artist and art critic, a talented popularizer of the artistic heritage of Rus-Ukraine. Doctor of Arts, Honored Artist of Ukraine and Honored Architect of Ukraine, winner of Shevchenko National Prize, as well as Mykhailo Hrushevsky Award, Omelyan and Tatiana Antonovych Foundation Award and “Vyznannya” (“Recognition”) Award. A tireless researcher of Sophia, who focused many articles and two books-albums on it – “Sophia of Kyiv“ and “St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv”.


Mykola Yosypovych Kresalnyi

(1912 – 1978)

Director of the Reserve in 1949-1966. Candidate of architecture, well-known researcher of St. Sophia of Kyiv and related monastic buildings of the 18th century. He summarized his research in a candidate’s dissertation and a model-reconstruction of the original appearance of St. Sophia Cathedral, which he performed together with Yu. Aseev and V. Volkov. Author of the fundamental publication “Sophia Reserve in Kyiv: an architectural and historical essay” (Kyiv, 1960). Under his direction, for the first time a master plan for the restoration of the reserve’s monuments for 1951-1955 was drawn up, the Methodical Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences for the restoration of mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia was established, and the greater part of restoration work was completed.


Yurii Sergiiovych Aseev

(1917 – 2005)

Doctor of Architecture, Professor, Laureate of the USSR State Award and Іpolit Morgilevskyi Award, Honored Architect of Ukraine. Recognized expert of architecture and art of Kyivan Rus and Ukraine, author of numerous monographs, books and articles. He paid great attention to the study of Sophia of Kyiv. On the materials of architectural and archaeological research of Sophia of Kyiv, carried out in the middle of the twentieth century. together with M. Kresalnyi and V. Volkov, he proposed an improved reconstruction of the original appearance of St. Sophia Cathedral, completing its new layout. Prepared by Yuriy Aseev publications “Architecture of Kyivan Rus” (Kyiv, 1969), “Architecture of Ancient Kyiv” (Kyiv, 1982), “Sources: Art of Kyivan Rus” (Kyiv, 1980) and others became table books for a wide range of readers.


Sergii Olexandrovych Vysotskyi

(1923 – 1998)

Historian-archaeologist, Ph.D., winner of the USSR State Prize and the Prize of the USSR Academy of Sciences. An authoritative researcher of Kyiv’s monuments, especially St. Sophia Cathedral. Inspirer and organizer of the reconstruction of the Golden Gate. He fruitfully studied medieval graffiti inscriptions, to which he dedicated his PhD and doctoral dissertations and several monographs. In 1956 – 1967 he worked in the Sophia Reserve, studied the graffiti of Sophia. Author of the famous monographs “Old Rus inscriptions of Sophia of Kyiv of the 11th – 14th centuries” (Kyiv, 1966), “Medieval inscriptions of Sophia of Kyiv” (Kyiv, 1976), “Kyiv graffiti of 11th – 17th centuries” (Kyiv, 1985), ‘Secular frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv” (Kyiv, 1989), ‘Kyiv written school of the 10th-12th centuries (To the history of Ukrainian writing)”(Lviv; Kyiv; New York, 1998).


Pavlo Ivanovych Yukin

(1883 – 1945)

The first researcher of technique and technology of frescoes of Sophia of Kyiv. He worked in Kyiv from 1934 to 1940. He was not only a restorer, but also a researcher who studied ancient plasters, soils, paints, and so on.

In Sophia of Kyiv, he discovered about 600 m2 of frescoes – about 100 figured compositions, including large in size, not counting the numerous ornaments, described in detail their state of preservation, features of technique and technology. He made many copies of Sophia frescoes.

In 1937, Pavlo Yukin ogether with K. Nekrasov prepared the manuscript “Picturesque techniques of old fresco masters and the technique of frescoes on monuments located in the USSR”. This manuscript is lost. It is unknown where another manuscript of Pavlo Yukin’s book, “The Fresco Technique and Its Writing”, came from. Three articles on the results of work in Sophia of Kyiv also disappeared.

All his life Pavlo Yukin was a deeply religious man; he uncovered hundreds of ancient icons, restored the frescoes of dozens of temples, had experience in his field since 1912, collected material for several books, had positive evaluation from experts and positive reviews of his manuscripts, commendation and order from the British government for brilliant discoveries and restoration of frescoes in the Westminster Palace.


Olexander Kostyantynovych Myronenko


O. Myronenko was at the origins of the museum “St. Andrew’s Church”. He studied repository materials, worked on archival documents on architectural and historical monuments of Kyiv. The researcher published scientific and popular science articles on the Vydubychi monastery, St. Andrew’s Church and St. Cyril’s Church. Author of the brochures “St. Andrew’s Church” (1970, 1975) and “St. Andrew’s Church: Historical and Architectural Essay” (1978), the publication of which contributed to the popularization of the famous monument.


Irma Fantynivna Totska

(1935 – 2013)

Historian, archaeologist, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine (2001). From 1958 to 2003 she worked in Sophia Conservation Area, from 1976 to 2002 – Research Deputy Director. Conducted archaeological and speleological research in the courtyard of St. Sophia Cathedral, studied the architecture, building history and decoration of St. Sophia Cathedral (About the time of the paintings of the galleries of St. Sophia of Kyiv // Ancient Kyiv. – K .: 1975; Mosaic and frescoes of St. Sophia of Kyiv (1980); Y. S. Aseev, I. F. Totskaya, G. M. Shtender. New about the compositional design of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv // Old Rus art (1988); Baptistery of Sophia of Kyiv // Old Rus art (2002).


Comech Olexii Illich


Historian of architecture, doctor of art history, professor, author of more than 100 scientific works, including monographs. Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation. He worked in a number of institutions specializing in the study, restoration and protection of monuments of architecture, history and art of the former USSR. Since 1993 he has been the director of the State Institute for Art Studies in Moscow.

Among the scientist’s research, works on Byzantine and ancient Russian architecture occupy a prominent place. In particular, the researcher fruitfully studied the architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral in the eleventh century in Kyiv. The results of these studies were published in the following works: Old Rus architecture of the late 10th – early 12th centuries. Byzantine heritage and the formation of an independent tradition. – M., 1987; Construction of the vertical composition of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv // Soviet Archeology – 1968. –№ 3. – P. 232–238.


Popova Olga Sygismundivna


Art historian, doctor of art history, professor, laureate of the M.V. Lomonosov Award and Makarievska Award. Lecturer at the Faculty of History of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Author of more than 100 scientific publications, including monographs.

The researcher studied the issues of Byzantine and old Rus painting. Among her researches is the analysis of mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral of the eleventh century in Kyiv. The main provisions of these studies are set out in the monograph: Popova O.S., V.D. Sarabianov. Mosaics and frescoes of Sophia of Kyiv. – M., 2017.


Nikitenko Mykhailo Mykhailovych

(born 1941)

Historian-archaeologist, museologist, specialist in the field of architectural and archaeological research. He has extensive experience in the research institute “Ukrproektrestavratsiya” and in museums of Ukraine, including –  National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”. He investigates the prince’s tomb and the floor of St. Sophia Cathedral, the ancient topography of its surroundings, the monastery wall of the 18th century. He has more than 50 scientific publications, including: Prince’s tomb in Sophia of Kyiv // Monuments of culture. New discoveries. Yearbook 1997 M., 1998 (in collaboration with N. Nikitenko); Topographic map of the ancient courtyard of Sophia of Kyiv (on the materials of exploratory drilling) // Mohyla readings 2006. Collection of studies. K., 2007; Ancient smalt floor in Sophia of Kyiv. New data // Mohyla readings 2010. Collection of studies. K., 2011.


Dehtiarov Mykhailo Georhiiovych

(born 1943)

Art critic, member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine, a full member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He participated in the study of many architectural monuments of Ukraine, the author of numerous publications on art history and architecture. Co-author (together with V.I. Kornieieva) of the popular science publication “St. Andrew’s Church” (1999). The materials published in it still do not lose their significance.


Lytvynchuk Zhanna Hryhorivna

(born 1943)

Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine. She studied and popularized St. Andrew’s Church, issues of its restoration and preservation. Researched the iconography of the eighteenth century and paintings by artists of the nineteenth century, which is stored in the temple. She is the author of the St. Andrew’s Church guidebook, which has survived several reprints. The developed materials on the history of construction of the church, its decoration and restoration were summarized by her and included in the section of two collective monographs on the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” (2004, 2009).


Nikitenko Nadiia Mykolaivna

(born 1944)

Historian-culturologist, Doctor of Science, Professor, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine. Since 1977 he has been working at the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”. Comprehensively explores Sophia of Kyiv as an outstanding artistic monument, a phenomenon of spiritual culture and a unique historical source. Discovered and substantiated the fact of the emergence of Sophia of Kyiv in 1011 – 1018, at the turn of the reign of the Baptist of Rus Volodymyr the Great and his son Yaroslav the Wise. She defended her PhD and doctoral dissertations on this issue. Author of 26 monographs and books and more than 300 articles. Among her monographs – “Rus and Byzantium in the monumental complex of Sophia of Kyiv: Historical issues” (K., 1999; 2004 – second edition), “Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kyiv” (K., 2000), “St. Sophia of Kyiv: history in art” (K., 2003), “St. Sophia of Kyiv” (K., 2008), “St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv: History, architecture, painting, necropolis” (M., 2008), “Ancient graffiti of Sophia of Kyiv and time its creations” (K., 2012; co-authored with V. Kornienko), ”Secrets of the Tomb of Yaroslav the Wise (according to the results of research in 2009-2011)” (K., 2013; co-authored); Sophia of Kyiv and its creators: secrets of history” (Kamenets-Podolsky, 2014),“ Cathedral of Saints of Sophia of Kyiv ”(K., 2014; co-authored with V. Kornienko), “Baroque of Sophia of Kyiv ” (K., 2015), Mosaics of Sophia of Kyiv ” (K., 2016).


Koreniuk Yurii Oleksandrovych

(born 1952)

Art critic, Ph.D., associate professor, researcher of old Rus monumental painting. Yurii Oleksandrovych defended his dissertation on the technique and technology of frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv. He studies mosaics and frescoes of the destroyed St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral of Kyiv of the twelfth century.


Margolina Iryna Yevhenivna

(born 1955)

Candidate of Historical Sciences, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine, has been working at the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” for 35 years.

Medieval historian and culturologist, on the basis of her research, numerous discoveries related to the Cyril’s Church were introduced into scientific circulation: new data on dating, construction, attributions of ancient paintings of St. Cyril’s Church, symbolic significance of M. Vrubel works in St. Cyril’s church, description of St. Cyril’s necropolis, paintings by Ukrainian artists in St. Cyril’s Church, etc.

Margolina I. is an author of 7 monographs and about 200 articles devoted to the study of the Kyiv Cyril’s Church. Today, Margolina owns the most complete, scientifically based publications about St. Cyril’s Church of.


Sarabianov Volodymyr Dmytrovych


Art critic, art historian, specialist in the restoration of old Rus and Rus easel and monumental painting. Author of more than 100 scientific works, including monographs, among which a prominent place is occupied by works on the history and restoration of paintings of the ancient Rus era.

The researcher’s scientific work includes a number of works devoted to the study of monumental painting of the old Rus era of St. Sophia Cathedral of the 11th century in Kyiv, summarized in the monograph: О.S. Popova, V.D. Sarabianov. Mosaics and frescoes of Sophia of Kyiv. – M., 2017.




Vasyl Irynarkhovych Ulianovskyi


Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Ancient and Modern History of Ukraine Department, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Specialist in Eastern European Late Middle Ages, Church History, Historiography and Source Studies.

He is a well-known researcher of Kyiv antiquities and the author of numerous monographs on Kyiv’s architectural and historical monuments, including St. Cyril’s Church of. He is the author of scientific and popular science articles related to new discoveries in the study of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv.


Nelia Mykhailivna Kukovalska

(born 1959)

General Director of the reserve since 2000. Civil engineer, architect, historian, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine, full member of the Ukrainian Academy of Architecture, member of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO, full member of ICOMOS. Researcher of the monuments of the Conservation Area. Author and co-author of monographs, books, about 50 articles dedicated to Sophia of Kyiv and other monuments of the Conservation Area.

Under her leadership, the scientific, research and restoration, monument protection and publishing activities of the Conservation Area have been significantly intensified. A comprehensive system of monitoring the


Riasnaia Tamara Mykolaivna

(born 1963)

Head of the sector of scientific and methodical work. She has been working in the Conservation Area since 1989. Tamara Mykolaivna researches the history of the restoration of the frescoes of Sophia of Kyiv.

Author of publications on the later painting of the cathedral, which was hidden under layers of paint in the twentieth century, about the restoration research of the famous restorer Pavlo Yukin. She has a unique study of the lost donor inscriptions of St. Sophia Cathedral. She studies the monumental works of the icon painter Makarii Peshekhonov.

Т. M. Riasnaia found forgotten murals on the vaults of the central nave, which form the core of the iconographic program of the cathedral of the eighteenth century and Resurrection compositions of the nineteenth century on the vaults of the transept. Researched and published the diaries of the restorer Pavlo Yukin.

She found and published an archival photo of the inscription, which contains the date of the foundation of St. Sophia Cathedral – 1011.


Olexander Vitaliiovych Dzhanov

(born 1972)

A well-known researcher of Crimean antiquities and, directly, the Sudak Fortress, which is part of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”.

He studied at the V. I. Vernadskyi Taurida National University. In 1989-1998 he worked as a member of the Sudak Archaeological Expedition of the Crimean branch of the Institute of Archeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In 1989-2014 he participated in and led archaeological research in the Sudak Fortress (Sudak, Crimea).

Research interests: medieval archeology, history of the Genoese colonization of the Mediterranean. Author and co-author of more than 30 scientific reports on archaeological research of the Sudak Fortress and other monuments of the Crimea. In 2010 he did an internship at the University of Genoa, where he gave a series of lectures on the Genoese monuments of the Northern Black Sea coast. Author and co-author of more than 60 scientific articles and 2 monographs: “Genoese in the Crimea” (2009), “Archaeological sites of the Sudak region” (2015).


Viacheslav Vasyliovych Korniienko

(born 1979)

Doctor of Historical Sciences (2016), Senior Researcher (2013). Medieval historian, museologist, archaeologist, archeographer. Deputy General Director for scientific work at the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”.

The main direction of scientific activity is a comprehensive study of graffiti of medieval and early modern Ukraine. Author of eleven scientific monographs (three of them co-authored), including the multi-volume “The Collection of Graffiti of St. Sophia of Kyiv”, two popular science publications, two textbooks and more than 180 articles published in native and foreign scientific journals.


Prelovska Iryna Mykolaivna

Doctor of Church History, Professor of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Art. N. Mr., senior researcher of the Department of Source Studies of Modern History of Ukraine of the M. S. Hrushevskyi Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She specializes in archeography, source studies, biography. Investigates a wide range of scientific problems, including archival sources on the history of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of the 1920s and 1930s and political repressions against church leaders, the Orthodox Church in Ukraine in the late nineteenth – early twentieth centuries, biographies of prominent figures of history and culture of Ukraine, the history of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”. She has more than 250 published works.


Sinkevych Natalia Oleksandrivna

Candidate of Historical Sciences. 2007-2012 – leading researcher of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”. Since 2014, a researcher in the scientific project “Religious knowledge in early modern Europe” (University of Tübingen, Germany). Author of three scientific monographs and more than 80 scientific and popular science articles. Research interests: the history of St. Sophia Cathedral in the late 16th-17th centuries, Latin and Polish graffiti of St. Sophia Sophia of Kyiv, miraculous icons and relics of the metropolitan cathedra. Sinkevych N. is the author of an interesting and important for the study of the history of St. Sophia Cathedral monograph – “Relics and miraculous icons of St. Sophia of Kyiv”.


Netudykhatkin Ihor Anatoliiovych

(born 1984)

Candidate of Historical Sciences (2011), a leading researcher of the Metropolitan’s Residence Museum (2013). His research interests include the history of the Metropolitan’s House in the courtyard of St. Sophia and St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv. Author of more than 20 scientific publications, in particular: The Throne of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called: the history of creation and renewal (middle of the 18th – end of the 19th century) // Proceedings of the Center for Monument Studies. Collection of scientific works. – K., 2011. – N. 20.; Heritage of Metropolitan Samuil (Myslavskyi) of Kyiv and Halychyna for Sophia of Kyiv // Sofia Readings 2013 – Kyiv, 2015; To the “portrait” of the Archbishop of Kyiv and Halych Rafail Zaborovskyi (everyday aspects of the life of the archpastor in the 1730s) // Proceedings of the Kyiv Theological Academy. – K., 2015.


Olena Pevna (USA)

Doctor of Arts, Professor of Art and Art Studies, University of Richmond (Richmond, VA), author of a number of studies on the history of art and architecture of ancient Kyiv and, in particular, the Church of St. Cyril in Kyiv.