What to See in Kiev
It is impossible to tell about Kiev sites briefly. Kiev is a city with more than a thousand-year history.
Main Kiev Attractions:
- Kiev Pechersk Lavra The famous Orthodox monastery, one of the oldest and most important Old Russian monastery, the main place of religious worship for Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox, a unique architectural ensemble.
- St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is one of the main temples of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate. The monastery is devoted to the heavenly patron of the city – Archangel Michael. Built in the 11th century, but raised from ruins in the 20 century, it is considered to be one of the most honoured places among the pilgrims.
- Podil – the Lower Town is one of the most ancient and original areas of Kiev. Podil has got its name from its location (“podil” in Ukr. “downwards”) – at the foot of Kiev hills, on the bank of the Dnipro river. Up to the present days, many architectural and historical sights have been preserved in Podil area. Here co-exist together ensembles of different epochs and styles – amazingly picturesque Ukrainian Baroque, Russian classicism, eclecticism, and modernism.
- St.Sophia Cathedral The first significant monument of Old Russian architecture was the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev – the main Christian church of pre-Mongol Kievan Rus. Its building started during the reign of Yaroslav the Wise in 1017-1019’s. The Chronicles tell that the temple was built on the site of a battle between the Kievans and the Pechenegs, which ended in the complete defeat of the nomads. On the battlefield, in memory of the outstanding victory, Yaroslav the Wise founded a magnificent stone church in the name of Saint Sophia.
- St. Andrew’s Church – is a monument of history, architecture, painting and decorative art of the 18 century of world significance. It was built in the years 1747-1762 in the baroque style by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The construction of the Andrew’s Church is included by the world community in the catalog “1000 miracles of the world. And also “Masterpieces of Humanity of the Five Continents “, issued in Germany in 2002.
- National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War and Motherland Statue. Hitler perceived the war against the USSR as a matter of life or death, “Sein oder Nicht sein”. “Operation “Barbarossa” was a plan of a crusade, an ideological “holy war”, aimed at the destruction of the Soviet people. For the Ukrainians, Russians, Belorussians and other Soviet peoples, the Great Patriotic War was really a struggle for their historical existence.
- Fairy landscape alley in Kiev Landscape Alley in Kiev – is one of the most popular places as for a tourist walk as well for a weekend stroll for Kievans.The park with fairytale characters appeared in 2008. Kiev sculptor Konstantin Skretutskiy filled this place with a new life, he put here fountains, long dark-blue cats-centipedes with wide smiles, benches in the form of fabulous little animals.
- Ancient Lipki Mansions Nowadays this is the most prestigious area where representatives of the higher society since the Soviet times live. “The upper crust” settled here a long time ago to be closer to the royal palace. Mariinsky palace, the houses of the governor-general and the civilian governor were build in this area. In the late 80’s – early 90’s of the 19th century in Lipki area were erected stone mansions, palaces of the bankers, entrepreneurs.
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