Welcome to Kiev
Capital of Ukraine, magnificent Kiev majestically stands on the picturesque hills of the Dnipro river. Golden domes of dazzling cathedrals, broad green riverbanks, various monumental architecture, and friendly locals will never leave you indifferent.
Ukrainians have always been proud of their capital. More than one thousand years have passed since the foundation of Kiev. Thousands of tourists come to the capital of Ukraine every year in search of spiritual enlightenment. Without a doubt – it’s a magical city, it’s a city with a soul.
The Cradle of East Slavic civilization
According to historical records and results of archeological excavations, the first urban settlements on the territory of the modern Kiev appeared in the 5th century A.D. And later on, it became the center of gravitation for the creation of East Slavic states. Kiev was not inferior to Rome or Athens. It was the capital of the powerful state – Kievan Rus. By the 11th century, it was the largest and prosperous state in Eastern Europe.
The wealth and political influence of Kiev was associated with the trade. The city stood at the crossroads of the international trade route – “from the Vikings to the Greeks”, from the Baltic to Constantinople, and was included in the medieval world net of trade.
The 11th-12th centuries are considered to be the most prosperous in the history of Kiev, despite the fact that hard times had already come to the Kievan Rus. The rapid development of Kiev was stopped by the Mongol invasion. In 1240, the city was destroyed and robbed.
Taking into account the ancient past of the city, we realize that it possesses priceless historical, cultural, architectural heritage. There are 3736 state-protected monuments of archeology, history, architecture, urban planning, monumental art. Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and St.Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings are two sites in Kiev that make part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
What to See in Kiev
As a passionate Kiev private guide, I would recommend you to visit as many of Kiev landmarks as you can, depending on how long you stay in this city. Among my private guided tours in English, you can choose the most suitable to your interests.
- One Day Kyiv Tour
- Old Town Kiev Tour
- Kiev Pechersk Lavra Tour
- World War II Tour
- Soviet Kiev Tour
- Kiev Food Tour
- Aristocratic Kiev Mansions Tour
If you are a savvy traveler and do not need a tour guide in the new city, you may find helpful the pages with the information about the public transport, landmarks to visit, and description of Kiev districts.
And you definitely will find a lot of valuable and interesting information on my blog: It’s all about Kiev.
Aren’t you already convinced, this ancient city is worthy of the tourist’s attention? Do not hesitate, come and learn more about it.