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Boats depart from the river port at metro station Poshtova Ploshad.
Kiev Funicular
Goes from Poshtova Ploshad to St. Michael's Monastery in about 5 minutes.
Kiev ZOO
Prospekt Pobedy near metro station Polytechnichny Institut.
Kiev Planetarium
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Kiev Sightseeing


Must see places in Kiev

Where to stay in Kiev overnight or longer?

Kreshatyk and Independence Square (View from above)
Kreshatyk is the main street of Kiev. With a tree alley on one side and no traffic on weekends and holidays, people gather to sit, chat and drink here. Every weekend there is an event or a concert taking place or at least music is played. On one end of Khreshatik there is the famous Bessarabka market - originally it was a market with goods brought by peasants from Bessarabia - Moldova. Today, the ground floor is fully occupied by vegetables, fruits, flowers, spices, meat, cheese, fish, caviar and other specialities and all the vendors are trying to pull you to their stand to try and buy. It is one of the few places where you can get any kind of fruit or vegetable all year round but it will also cost you. From outside, the building is filled with restaurants, snack bars, shops and cafes. There is a non stop tearoom, sushi bar, pizza fast food and other venues.
Walking to the other end of the 1300 meters long street you'll get to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). The square is a mixture of different styles - the Soviet type hotel Ukraine, the modern glass hemisphere of the shopping center, the Monument to the Independence - a column rising 50 meters high and so on.

 

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (View from above)
Lavra means 'monastery' and Pechersk is a name derived from 'pechery' meaning 'caves'. That and more you will find when visiting the most significant sightseeing point in Kiev. It is the oldest Orthodox monastery in Ukraine that attracted thousands of pilgrims and many monks. The buildings were destroyed by fire and later also during the Nazi occupation but it was always reconstructed. Nowadays it is a UNESCO heritage with lots of tourists visiting. The caves are small and narrow, stretching several hundred meters and up to 20 meters under  ground. Some of the monks dug into their caves and decided to stay there forever with just a small hole allowing food and water to be passed in. Once dead, they were left and buried there  - you can see the embalmed bodies in glass coffins. The caves are a very holy place and you have to dress appropriately to get in, women need to cover their head with a scarf (own or borrowed or bought on the spot). Apart from the caves you can climb up the Bell Tower for a beautiful view, visit different churches, the Uspenski Cathedral, cemetery, tombs and several museums.

 

St. Vladimir's Cathedral (View from above)
T. Shevchenko 20, Kiev
It took 34 years, many changes in planning, dismissal of several architects and lots of artists to complete the construction of this beautiful cathedral. It was officially consecrated in the presence of Tsar Nikolay II in 1896. The interior walls are covered with paintings from various artists, from outside the bright colours and strong Byzantium style make St. Vladimir truly eye-catching.

 

St. Sophia's Cathedral (View from above)
Vladimirskaya 24, Kiev (closed Thursdays)
St. Sophia's Cathedral was constructed in early 11th century and at that time was a mighty impressive complex. Inside you will find amazing mosaics and frescoes, some of which also had to be restored. In one of the altars there is a white sarcophagus with remains of Yaroslav the Wise and his wife Iryna.
To book an excursion call  278 7662 or 279 2256 only english speaking tourguide are available.
Entrance 22UAH and the excursion 60UAH for 45 mins. The church is really beutiful and worth a visit. 

 
Mikhailovskiy Monastery (View from above)
This gold-domed cathedral is located just opposite the Sophia Cathedral, on Mikhailovskaya Square. It was constructed, repaired and reconstructed many times over nine centuries. In 1930 the complex was partially destroyed as it was being rebuilt into a governmental  building for Bolsheviks. In 1937 they demolished it altogether. It was restored between 1997 and 2000. You'll find a memorial plate of N. Makarenko who refused to sign the demolition act in 1937 and was sent to a jail in Novosibirsk. There is an observation platform, a permanent exhibition and you'll find many beautiful mosaics, frescoes and icons inside.
 

Mariyinskiy Palace (View from above)
M. Grushevskovo 5, Kiev
This baroque palace was completed in 1752 for Empress Elisabeta Petrovna. It burnt down in 1819 and was later reconstructed again to accommodate monarchs and high ranking officials from Russia and it serves the purpose till present day - for presidential and other important meetings.

 

Opera House (View from above)
Vladimirskaya 50, Kiev
The Ukrainian National Opera was built in 1856, burnt down 40 years later and there was a competition for new design. Viktor Shreter from Petersburg won and built the Renaissance style theater in 1901. Many famous artists have performed here.

 

Andreevski Spusk (View from above)
Andreevski Spusk is the Montmartre of Kiev. There is a market of arts and crafts on the steep street and many artists are closely connected with the street. Mikhail Bulgakov lived in the Turbin house on Andreevski Spusk for more than a decade. The house is the scene of 'The White Guard' and 'The Days of the Turbins' and is now Bulgakov's museum. Not far away  - house number 2b - is the One Street Museum, one of the most famous and popular museums in Kiev with a small but lovely exposition.

 

St. Andrey's church (View from above)
Saint Andrey's Church was also declared a museum in 1968. It was built in the 18th century for Empress Elisabeth Petrovna who also laid the first foundation stone of it herself. She engaged her favourite architect F. B. Rastrelli, the interior was decorated by many artists including A. Antropov. Unfortunately the Empress died before the work was finished and it was a struggle to keep the church maintained. After several reconstructions the church changed too much from its original but luckily Ratsrelli's plans were found and in 1970s it was fully restored.

 

House with Chimeras (View from above)
Bankovaya Street 10, Kiev
Built by V. Gorodezhkiy in the beginning of 20th century, this house is quite extraordinary. It was the first house built with cement, it is on a very steep slope and sinking now. It is called the House with Chimeras because the facade is decorated with strange sculptures of elephants, rhinoceroses, frogs, lizards and such. There are many legends about the construction. One is that the architect's daughter committed suicide, he became slightly crazy and built this gloomy house in her memory.

 

The Peoples Friendship Arch Monument (View from above)
This monument in Krehsatyk Park was constructed in 1982 to celebrate the union of Russia and Ukraine. It is a huge, 30 meters long, rainbow-shaped arch with statues of Russian and Ukrainian workers. There is a very nice view over the park, river and opposite bank.

 

Rodina Mat (Motherland) (View from above)
Sichnevogo Povstannya 44, Kiev
The 530-ton metal statue is 68 m high, standing on a 40 m pedestal and she's holding a 12-ton sword in her right hand and the USSR symbol in the left.  L. Brezhnev opened the monument in 1981. Currently there is the Great Patriotic War museum. In the Memorial Hall there are hundreds of funeral letters to the dead soldiers on display. Every year on Victory day the Fire of Glory is lit here.

 
Podol (View from above)
Podol district of Kiev is very popular for its special atmosphere, many bars, cafes and restaurants, proximity to the river and sightseeing points. It is also a district with many lives - it was destroyed by floods, fire, enemies and planned to be demolished but it never disappeared.  On Kontraktova Plosha visit Gostinny Dvor, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Pirogoshya, the former Greek monastery or the Kiev Mohyla Academy. Near Poshtova Plosha there is the river station where boats depart for sightseeing tours on one side and the funicular can take you back uptown on the other.
 

Holy Trinity (St. Yonah’s) Monastery (View from above)
Timiryazevska 1 (Botanical Garden area)
The monastery was founded over Zvirinets caves in 1864. 800 monks lived in the monastery before 1917. There were two churches in the monastery: Holy Trinity Cathedral and Holy Protection Church. In 1934 the monastery was closed and Holy Protection Church was destroyed. In 1991 the monastery was reopened. Zvirinets caves are as ancient as the Lavra caves.

 

St. Cyril’s Church (View from above)
Frunze 103
In 1139 Prince Vsevolod of Chernigiv founded a monastery dedicated to his divine patron - St. Cyril of Alexandria. Vsevolod’s wife Maria constructed St. Cyril’s Church in the monastery. In 1786 the monastery was closed. The hospital was situated in the former monks’ cells. In 1860 frescoes of the 12th century were discovered during the renovation of the church. 800 sq. m of frescoes were restored. Some of wall paintings and the icons of the iconostasis were made by Russian artist M. Vrubel at the end of the 19th century. Since 1963 St. Cyril’s Church is a branch of St. Sofia Preserve. The divine service was resumed in 1993.

 
Pushkinskaya Street
Walking around Kyiv, most of us never lift our eyes from the pavement, even to look up at buildings with bright shop windows. But the facades of many buildings often remind us how nice some city streets are. One of them is Pushkinska Street near the downtown.
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Bridges of Kiev
 
Parks in Kiev
 
Thrilling Kiev
 
Kreshatyk, Kiev
 
Lavra, Kiev
 
St. Vladimir Church, Kiev
 
St. Sophia Cathedral, Kiev
 
St. Michael Monastery, Kiev
 
Mariinsky Palace, Kiev
 
Opera House, Kiev
 
Andreevski Spusk, Kiev
 
St. Andrey's Church, Kiev
 
House with Chimeras, Kiev
 
Arch of Friendship, Kiev
 
Rodinna Mat, Kiev
 
Podol, Kiev
 
Holy Trinity Church, Kiev
 
St. Cyril's Church, Kiev

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