Kiev has a good selection of tourist attractions, enough to occupy most visitors for a week or more. Conveniently, most are in city centre or just a short Metro ride away.
The city is known for its magnificent churches and cathedrals. Top of the list and Kiev’s most popular tourist attraction is Pechersk Lavra (the Caves Moastery). The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a huge complex of Churches and museums, and if you see nothing else, you must visit this. Other notable places of worship include St Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery, St Sophia’s Cathedrals, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral and St Andrew’s Church.
Kiev is a very green city with many beautiful parks and gardens to choose from. Many run along the western of the Dnipro River. You can start in the city centre at Khreschatyk Park and walk right to National Botanic Gardens around 5 miles away, passing Mariyinsky Park and the Park of Glory on the way.
Kiev is often called the mother of Slavic cities. It is more than 15 centuries old and during this time Kiev has made a long way from an ancient settlement of nomadic tribes to one of the largest cities in the world. Kiev is integrally connected to Slavic culture development. Its monuments, architectural ensembles and cathedrals charm with their beauty, harmony and historical meaningfulness. The Ukrainian capital’s attractions are covered with the spirit of old glorious times.
Top 5 Popular Attractions in Kiev
1. Independence Square – Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev
The Independence Square, or Maidan Nezalezhnosti, is the central square in Kiev, the main and the most beautiful one. Parades, concerts, festivals and other city arrangements and holidays take place on this square. It contains six fountains, Independence Column and artificial waterfall. The Independence Square has much to offer: the huge building with the tower and chimes, the Trade Union Association Office and other attractions. The left side of the Independence square is covered with granite. The splendid panoramic view of Old Kiev opens from the upper floors of the square buildings. One can see the domes of Sofia Cathedral built in the 11th century, Andreevskaya Church built in the 18th century, City Parliament, the Central Mall, and a lot of administrative buildings. A great amount of shops, hotels and cafes are situated on the Independence square. Two metro stations, Kreschatik and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, are also situated nearby.
2. Pechersk Lavra
On the high hills of the right bank of the Dnepr River magnificent Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra topped with gilded domes is situated. According to the legend, Apostle Andrew, while preaching the Word of God in the Scythian Land, blessed the hilly bank of the Dnepr River and said to his disciples: “On these hills great city and many churches in glorification of Holy God will be”.
An important event in the history of Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra was foundation and construction of the Assumption Cathedral. It took 15 years to build the cathedral. Greek and Russian architects and icon-painters participated in the process of the cathedral construction. Venerable Alypios, the one who is considered to be the founder of special way of icon painting, which was different from Greek one, also took part in the Assumption Cathedral decoration.
3. Andriyivsky Uzviz
Andriyivsky’s Uzviz otherwise known as Andriy’s descent or Andrew’s descent is the connection between the upper town neighbourhood to another historic neighbourhood Podil. On Andriy’s decsent there is the stunning St Andriy’s church and other monuments, attractions and some small museums.
The famous Ukrainian poet Mikhail Bulgakov lived on Andriy’s descent at two different houses and one of these houses have been turned into a museum. The Buglakov museum is number 13 and is located at the bottom of the street.
4. St. Sofia Cathedral
St. Sofia Cathedral is the world famous historical and architectural monument of the first half of the 11th century. The name of the cathedral comes from Greek word “sofia”, which means “wisdom”. Built in the times of Yaroslav Mudry, the cathedral served as a social, political and cultural center of Kievan Rus, where foreign ambassadors were received, chronicles were recorded and the first Russian library, founded by Yaroslav Mudry himself, functioned. Yaroslav Mudry’s ruling was the time when art, education and culture prospered. As of Kiev, it became one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and Asia. Construction of Sofia cathedral played an important role in Kiev’s look formation.
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