Places of interest in Kyiv

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Kiev places of interest


Population: 3.82 mln

Kyiv Area: 827 km2

Year of foundation: 482 A.D.

Population in region: 1,806,000

Region area: 28,900 km2

Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine and one of the biggest cities in Europe.
It has been standing on steep hills overlooking the Dnipro River for
more than 1,500 years. According to the ancient legend, Kyiv was founded
by the three brothers Kyi, Schek and Khoryv and their sister Lybid, and
it was named after the eldest brother Kyi. Since then, Kyiv has
developed into a valuable center of East Europe attracting foreign
businesses and investors to its economic and natural potential. As an
important administrative center, Kyiv is a place for Ukrainian
Presidential Administration, Verkhovna Rada, Parliament, and nearly all
ministries and governmental departments. Its financial part consists of
the National Bank of Ukraine around the world, as well as investment
companies and funds, representative offices of foreign financial
institutions, exchange markets, and more than 220 commercial banks. In
Kyiv, more than 2,000 objects belong to historical, cultural, and
architectural monuments.

Popular Places Visited by Tourists:

Ukraine Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra

Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra

The Dnipro hills are dominated by the greatest monument of Kyiv, the
Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra, built almost nine centuries ago. A complex of
churches, masterpieces of architecture by themselves, has been a holy
place of worship for devoted Christians. Famous for its catacombs with
the saints’ relics, Lavra is also called the Monastery of Caves. Museum
collections of miniatures and church treasures amaze visitors from all
over the world

Ukraine Kyiv National Opera House National Opera House

The theater is located in downtown Kyiv, near the Khreschatyk st. The
beautiful exterior of the building is supported by the majestic interior
design. Much of the theater’s creative efforts are concentrated on
productions of classical Ukrainian and Russian operas and ballets.
Professional actors, creative lighting, and bright decorations leave the
most memorable impression about Ukraine’s dramatic art.

Ukraine Kyiv Volodymyr the Baptizer Volodymyr the Baptizer

On the slope of the Volodymyr Hill stands the imposing monument to
Prince Volodymyr who is also called the Baptizer of Rus. He converted
Kyivan Rus to christianity in 988. The bronze statue was erected in

Ukraine Kyiv St. Nicolas Catholic Cathedral St. Nicolas Catholic

The cathedral was built in 1899-1909 by the architect Horotetskyi. The
building is placed on one of the central streets (Chervonoarmiyska st.),
and it can be easily recognized by its distinctive Gothic style and a
pair of beautiful needle towers. It was restored in 1980 and now is used
as both the concert hall for organ music and the church where Roman
Catholic services are held

Ukraine Kyiv Golden Gate Golden Gate

This fortified wall, defining the limits of the city and serving as a
protective barrier from invaders in the centuries past, dates back to
1037, the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The place was restored to
its present condition in 1983, and it now serves as the Golden Gate
historical museum. The structure is located in downtown Kyiv, just
outside the Zoloti Vorota metro station.l

St. Sophia Cathedral

St. Sophia’s thirteen gorgeous golden domes nicely blend with the city
skyline. The grandiose ensemble was built by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in
the XI century in commemoration of the victory over the Pecheneg tribe.
The cathedral became a major cultural and political center of Kyivan Rus
and a site for receiving ambassadors from many countries. St. Sophia is
famous for its outstanding mosaics and frescoes dating back to the
eleventh century

Mariyinsky Palace

The gorgeous blue-and-cream palace designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli was
built in 1750 under the supervision of Russian architect Ivan Michurin
and is located on top of the hill in a beautiful park. The magnificent
building was used as Kyiv residence of the Tsar family. Today the palace
is used for official state receptions such as presidential meetings and
international conferences. It is open to tourist groups by appointment
as well.

Andriyivsky Uzviz (Andriyivsky Descent)

The most ancient and steep street in Kyiv, Andriyivsky Uzviz, is
Kyivites’ favorite place for outdoor fairs, festivals, and concerts. Art
galleries, shops, and studios make Andriyivsky Uzviz the best place to
shop for Ukrainian crafts and artworks. Cultural museums located here
reveal the history of the legendary street and of the whole Kyiv.
Overlooking Andriyivsky Uzviz and Podil, the old section of Kyiv, stands
the Ukrainian Baroque church of St. Andrew designed in 1754 by the
Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This five-domed church remains
the major adornment of the upper city. The Castle of Richard in the
modernized Gothic style built in 1902 is Andriyivsky Uzviz’ another
distinctive feature. The building is currently being reconstructed into
a hotel.

Ukraine Kyiv Funicular

The funicular (cable car) was built in 1905 and until now it offers
quick, exciting, and inexpensive rides from Podil (Lower City) up to
Mykhailivska Ploscha (Upper City). The ride is short (about 2 minutes),
but it is worth seeing a magnificent panorama of Kyiv and the Dnipro
River that uncovers from the Funicular. The cost is the same as the
fares in city transport. Children under 7 can have a free ride.

Horodetskyi Building

One of the most interesting buildings in Kyiv is located in a very
quiet and peaceful part of the downtown. A well-known architect
Horodetskyi built the house as a private residence in 1902-1903. The
walls and the roof of the structure are decorated with intricate
sculptural ornaments of mythological and hunting themes. The building is
considered one of the most fascinating architectural creations in Kyiv.

Volodymyr Cathedral

The structure of this Russian Orthodox Church which was built in 1882
reflects features of the Neo-Byzantine style. The murals of the church
interior done by famous Russian painters present considerable artistic
significance. The mosaics of the authorship of Venetian masters and the
choir music performed in the cathedral are not to be missed. The
building is located on one of city’s central streets, Tarasa Shevchenka


Khreschatyk is the main street in Kyiv. It was recently renovated into
one of the most scenic and beautiful places that combines the features
of a busy business center with the historical architectural design of
buildings. The street leads to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the city’s main
square and one of the most popular places of meetings. On weekends, the
traffic is blocked on Khreschatyk, and visitors can enjoy a nice walk
right in the middle of the street

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