Ukrainian sites in Kyiv and Lviv added to UNESCO World Heritage danger list

Ukrainian sites in Kyiv and Lviv added to UNESCO World Heritage danger list

UN's heritage body Unseco has said that major historical sites in two Ukrainian cities are in danger of destruction due to the war with Russia.

The U.N.'s World Heritage Committee have placed these two sites in Ukraine on its list of such sites that it considers to be in danger.

The decision was made at the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, which is being held in Saudi Arabia.

They include the iconic Saint Sophia Cathedral in the capital, Kyiv, and the medieval buildings of the city's Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery site. The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Monastery of the Caves, is a sprawling complex of monasteries and churches  that were built from the 11th to the 19th century. 

The historic centre in the city of Lviv has also been placed on Unesco's List of World Heritage in Danger.

The iconic St. Sophia Cathedral in the capital, Kyiv, and the medieval center of the western city of Lviv, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites central to Ukraine’s culture and history. 

The latest additions to the danger list come after the Ukrainian port city of Odesa was added in January.

About Lviv

  • Lviv was founded in 1256 during the Middle Ages and was added to the World Heritage List in 1998.
  • 45 miles from the Polish border, Lviv is rightly called Ukraine's cultural capital. The UNESCO-listed Old Town at the centre of the city is famous for magnificent Gothic and Renaissance monuments and churches, fascinating museums and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Though Lviv is the seventh largest city in Ukraine, it is cut above many when it comes to historical, architectural and cultural attractions. 


  • A major highlight of a trip to Kiev is Pechersk Lavra, also known as Monastery of Caves. It is an extensive complex of more than 100 churches and museums founded by monks in 1051.
  • Spread over an area of 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River the UNESCO-listed Pechersk Lavra sits over several catacombs housing the remains of sainted monks and consists of several Byzantine-inspired golden domed churches and cathedrals as well as hermit dwellings built by Christian monks from the 11th century.
  • St. Sophia Cathedral is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Kiev.


  • Abounding in history, Odessa is one of Ukraine's largest seaports. Oval-shaped Opera Theater and Pushkin Museum are amongst other several cultural treasures in Odessa’s possession, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
  • For the lovers of sea and sun, the coastal town of Odessa offers kilometers of Black Sea coastline. Arkadia beach is the most famous of the beaches in the city.