Kiev (also Kyiv) is called the city of golden domes. It is about the roofs of the Orthodox church and monasteries. Situated on the Dnipro River, Kiev is also known as the „Green City” for its many botanical gardens, parks and beautiful trees, the city is a wonder to behold in summer and spring.
The capital of Ukraine is one of the oldest centers of Slavic. In Kiev (not Moscow) a thousand years ago the history of Rus began. In 1667, Kiev became part of the Russian Empire, then of Soviet Russia, and since 1991 it has been the capital of independent Ukraine.
Journey through the oldest, historical Kiev is above all admiring sacred monuments, the city is one of the historical and modern centers of Orthodoxy. Despite the long years of communism, much remains from pre-revolutionary Kiev, one of the major metropolises of the Russian empire. Representative houses, quarters of streets are renovated today and testify to the beauty of old Kiev. Whole quarters of streets built in the style of socialist realism remained from the Soviet times. It is an architectural style that was born in Soviet Russia, however it was modeled on American architecture (New York skyscrapers from the 1930s).
Kiev is also an important point on the gastronomic map of Europe. Where we can try not only Ukrainian cuisine at its best, but also Georgian, Tatar, Uzbek and others that are not found practically in other parts of Europe. The city also boasts a well-developed tourist infrastructure. It is also known for its hospitality.
Kiev is the capital and largest city in Ukraine. Population of the city are almoust 3 000 000 people.
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Must see in Kiev (some examples)
St. Sophia Cathedral
(UNESCO Heritage List)
The coincidence of names with hagia Sofia in Istanbul is not accidental. St. Sophia Cathedral was built in the 11th century and is located in the heart of Kiev. 260 square meters of mosaics and 3,000 square meters of frescoes survived through the centuries and reached us through the ages. Hardly anywhere in Europe you can find so many frescoes and mosaics of the 11th century, which were preserved in one church. Cathedral is surrounded by monastic buildings of the 17th century, made in the style of Ukrainian Baroque. The interior of the cathedral is almost not changed. In the 18th century appeared iconostasis and in the 19th century - cast iron floor tiles. Saint Sophia - the source of art, to which historians and tourists come to see and admire this miracle of Byzantine and ancient Russian architecture.
The main gate of the ancient Kiev. Got its name from the similarity to the Golden Gate of Constantinople. Golden Gate of Kiev is one of the few buildings of Kievan Rus, which have come down to our day. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Golden Gate was built in 1037 during the reign of the Grand Duke of Kiev Yaroslav Mudriy.
The Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery
(UNESCO Heritage List)
The Lavra is a complex that is made up from various fascinating buildings and sights. These diverse memories of the past all carry the strong architectural signature of the Ukrainian Baroque construction style and form a network of beautiful and spectacular structures. The monastery was originally founded by two monks, namely St. Anthony of the Caves (Antoniy) and St. Theodosius of the Caves (Feodosiy), in 1051. The Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery was given the alternative name of Calvin Cave Monastery, as the monastery was constructed over a network of caves that was excavated by the monks. Most of the buildings that are seen here date back from the 11th century. Lavra caves contain more than 200 relics of saints. On the territory of the monastery are a number of historical and cultural museums in Ukraine.
The Andriyivsky Uzviz
Ukrainian Montrmarte. A charming fragment of Kiev before the Bolshevik revolution.
One of these well-known attractions is the Andriyivsky Uzviz or, as it is endearingly called by the local residents, „the most charming street”. Thousands of tourists come and visit this fascinating road, which is full of Kyivan history, every year. The name of the street, when literally translated into English, means „Andrew’s Ascent”. The name was derived from a beautiful and intricate church built from 1749 to 1754, called St. Andrew’s Church. The church and the hill it is located on have also been called ‘Kyiv’s Montemarte’ because of its appeal to artisans, artists and Kyiv’s nobility, who have made this area home.
The main street in Kiev. It extends for several blocks and boasts many shops, cafés and restaurants. Along the street are the offices, including city"s council and the state administration buildings. During the Second World War Khreschatyk was almost completely destroyed, only a block of buildings remained near the Bessarabian market. The street was rebuilt as representative, but in a Soviet - stalinism style. Socialism realism is very specific. The architecture of this streat is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. The street has been significantly renovated during the modern period of Ukraine"s independence. Today, the street is still significant to administrative and business city organizations, as well as a popular tourist attraction.
Ridiculously reasonable and easy to use, Kiev’s metro is modelled on Moscow’s system and runs across three lines and 52 stations. Marked with a green „M”, each station is easily recognisable and very cheep. Usually found in the series of underpasses, the actual stations themselves are worth checking out for their pretty architectural features. Make sure to visit Arsenalna, the deepest metro station in the world, where the escalator journey takes almost five minutes.
Vist restaurants, bars, pubs. Try Ukranian, Tatars, Georgian, Armenian, Caucasus cusine and local craft bear. Try vodka and Ukrainian brandy. Visit cafes and clubs. Take a boat ride on the Dniper river. Take a rest on the beach, go swimming at the river swimming pool or rent a kayak. Enjoy a beautiful, friendly and safe city.
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