It is impossible to tell about Kiev sights 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 Kyiv 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 Dnieper 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.
- 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 Kievites.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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