"Of course it was pulled down in 1935. What was? St Michael of the Golden Domes. Who pulled it down? The communists, of course. "

During the first half of the 1930s, various Soviet publications questioned the known historical facts regarding the age of the Cathedral.   It was declared to belong primarily to the Ukrainian Baroque style, rather than to the twelfth century as was previously thought, and thus did not merit preservation due to its lack of historical and artistic value.

 

St Michaels Golden Domed Cathedral - 1930's
Public DomainSt Michaels Golden Domed Cathedral - 1930's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This conclusion backed up the Soviet authorities' plans to demolish the entire monastery. 

 

St Michaels - in ruins
Public DomainSt Michaels - in ruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Ukraine regained independence in 1991, the demolition of the monastery was deemed a crime and voices started to be heard calling for the monastery's full-scale reconstruction as an important part of the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people

 The newly rebuilt St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral was officially opened on May 30, 1999.

 

St Michaels Golden Domed Cathedral - Opened in 1999
Public DomainSt Michaels Golden Domed Cathedral - Opened in 1999