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Things to do in Kiev

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra


Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Both famous under the names as Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and Kiev Monastery of the Caves this historical sight will not leave even not very religious people indifferent. Located on the hills facing the Dnipro it is more than 1000 old and includes a complex of different churches, cathedrals, and buildings with a long and interesting history and wonderful architectural value. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site there are two cavernous sites with tombs of many saint people and monks, which can be explored and seen with a candle in the hands. Strolling along its ancient streets and admiring the beauty of centennial architectural monuments you can also visit a museum of micro-miniatures or join millions of people who pray and look for harmony in this saint place.


St. Sophia Cathedral


St. Sophia Cathedral
St. Sophia Cathedral
St. Sophia Cathedral

One of the most ancient sites that take their origin at the times of Kievan Rus is St. Sophia Cathedral, an outstanding landmark that impresses with its size and beauty. It is even difficult to imagine how this calm and serene cathedral could be built in the 11th century and preserve its captivating mosaics and magnificent interior wall paintings that have already celebrated its 1000th birthday. Built initially as a copy of Constantinople Hagia Sophia now it hardly reminds it because of rebuilding and numerous alterations, but it looks not less eye-catching and marvelous, especially if you head for the Bell Tower with its ornamented molding and great turquoise background.


Independence Square


Independence Square
Independence Square
Independence Square

Each city can be proud of its central square considering it one of the main attractions and Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square is not an exception. Located on Khreschatyk Street it offers a huge space for walking and admiring lovely fountains, monuments, the Independence Column, and ,any other buildings that have a great historical and architectural value. There is a variety of stalls and shops offering souvenirs with Ukrainian attributes as well as cafes and restaurants to satisfy your gastronomic preferences. Being a beating heart of the capital Maidan is the place of celebration of the main country holidays and it also used to be the core location of the Orange Revolution and remarkable events of 2014.


Khreschatyk


Khreschatyk
Khreschatyk
Khreschatyk

Apart from the square, Kiev can also boast the main street entitled Khreschatyk. It stretches in the center of the city from the European Square to Bessarabska Square and is 1.2 km long. There you can find the main departments and offices of the city and country authority as well as numerous shops and cafes located on the ground floors of the buildings. Destroyed in the World War II it was completely rebuilt in the post-war period in neo-classical style. Now it is incredibly busy during the working days and is closed to road traffic giving pedestrians all freedom to move along it. It is also a favorite place of street musicians and all the parades and marches are also held here.


Mother Motherland and The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II


Mother Motherland and The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II
Mother Motherland and The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II
Mother Motherland and The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II

There is hardly a person, who visiting Kiev has not seen a magnificent monumental sculpture to Motherland that dominates the landscape of the Dnipro river hills with a large sword in the hand. But not every person is aware of the fact that it is a part of the memorial complex that commemorates the victory of the USSR in World War II. Being one of the largest museums in Ukraine it is located in the area of 10 hectares and houses such significant monuments like “The Flame of Glory”, the “Alley of Hero Cities”, a wonderful fountain with the depiction of battles, demonstration of the armaments and military machines etc. Its vast territory also provides a brilliant view of the city that is incredibly unforgettable in the evening.


Andriyivsky Uzviz


Andriyivsky Uzviz
Andriyivsky Uzviz
Andriyivsky Uzviz

Is it possible to dive into the history and art of the city having walked along only one street? Kiev offers such an opportunity in Andriyivsky Uzviz, a picturesque serpentine cobbled road in the heart of the capital. It is packed with important landmarks such as the Castle of Richard the Lionheart or the house of Mikhail Bulgakov. There are dozens of art galleries, souvenir shops, street craftsmen, and artists as well as places to treat with Ukrainian cuisine. The crown of the trip along this street is a gorgeous St. Andrew’s church designed by the Italian architect Rastrelli and built in the Baroque style in 1762. It is a perfect place to get acquainted with Ukrainian customs and traditions and purchase hand-made souvenirs.


House with Chimaeras or Horodecki House


House with Chimaeras or Horodecki House
House with Chimaeras or Horodecki House
House with Chimaeras or Horodecki House

Looking for an exquisite architectural monument it is impossible to omit the House with Chimaeras constructed according to the design of Wladyslaw Horodecki at the beginning of the 20th century. Used as a presidential residence since 2005 it attracts thousands of visitors, who admire its extraordinary sculptures – ornate decorations that depict existing and invented exotic animals and their hunting scenes. The building is referred to the Art Nouveau style due to the exterior décor and exuberant interior decorations. Now it is a legendary place because of numerous stories connected with this building that have given rise for the years of its existence.


Mariinsky Palace and Park


Mariinsky Palace and Park
Mariinsky Palace and Park
Mariinsky Palace and Park

A public city park located in Pechersk neighborhood next to vital governmental institutions has received its name after a Mariyinsky Palace located nearby. This Baroque palace is an official ceremonial presidential residence that adjoins the building of the Parliament of Ukraine. Designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli according to the order of Empress Elizabeth it is a masterpiece of architecture that used to house only the representatives of the royalty. There is also a great park next to this building. Being over 130 years old it was founded by Marie of Hesse in 1874 and has been changing its appearance gradually since that time. Now its main attractions are the 19th-century marble busts, sculptures, and a great iron fountain.


Fame Park


Fame Park
Fame Park
Fame Park

One of the largest Kievan parks is a Fame Park located in Pechersk region and overlooking the Dnipro. Its main entrance is from the Fame Square and it involves several memorials and an Alley of Heroes and hero cities as well as other significant monuments connected with the victory over the Nazi soldiers in World War II. The park consists of two plats: the upper and lower one, a wide level space with eye-catching flowerbeds and winding stairs that allow reaching the shores of the river. It suggests a luxurious view of the city and located nearby sights as well as unforgettable experience for nature lovers and families with kids.


Landscape Alley


Landscape Alley
Landscape Alley
Landscape Alley

One of the largest Kievan parks is a Fame Park located in Pechersk region and overlooking the Dnipro. Its main entrance is from the Fame Square and it involves several memorials and an Alley of Heroes and hero cities as well as other significant monuments connected with the victory over the Nazi soldiers in World War II. The park consists of two plats: the upper and lower one, a wide level space with eye-catching flowerbeds and winding stairs that allow reaching the shores of the river. It suggests a luxurious view of the city and located nearby sights as well as unforgettable experience for nature lovers and families with kids.


Mykhailivska Square and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery


Mykhailivska Square and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
Mykhailivska Square and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
Mykhailivska Square and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery

Placed in close proximity to St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery the square has got its name after it too. Designed in the 12th century this square belongs to the oldest ones in the capital. This cobblestoned area invites visitors to see the monuments of Saints and Holodomor victims. The central attraction adjoining the square is a St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery overlooking the river. Constructed in 1713 it was rebuilt in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the 18th century and the Byzantine style remained in the interior. Its golden domes look magnificent in combination with bright blue sky and green tree tops


National Opera House of Ukraine


National Opera House of Ukraine
National Opera House of Ukraine
National Opera House of Ukraine

Being an indispensable part of the National Opera of Ukraine it is the 3rd oldest opera house in the country and is named after T. Shevchenko. This theatre was founded in 1867 and now it houses the Kiev Opera Company that organizes regular performances of the highest level. The 200-year old building of the Opera is very ornate and is referred to the neo-Renaissance style. The interior is classic with one of the largest and best stages in Europe. The building of the House looks incredibly amazing in the evening being lit with thousands of lights.


These are only some of the top popular sights offered by the capital of Ukraine. This old and incredibly beautiful and green city is worth coming to not once as it is impossible to devour all the city attractions within one short visit. There are thousands of places that deserve to be explored and are memorable and unusual. Make the most of being in Kiev at least by visiting the sites we have offered to you and you will definitely wish to return to it one more time.