Kiev Travel Guide
Welcome to Kiev Travel Guide - ultimate guide for visitors to Kiev and the rest of the Ukraine.
Whether you're investigating Kiev's colourful history, planning a trip, or
looking for a place to stay, you'll find what you need in the Kiev Travel
Guide. This tourism and travel guide for Kiev, featuring Ukrainian hotels,
Ukrainian maps, restaurants & bars, Ukrainian tours, Ukrainian weather and
more, will help you plan a successful trip to Kiev, the Ukraine.
Kiev (also known as Kyiv), a scenic city of close to 3 million people
situated on the Dnipro River, is the bustling capital of Ukraine.
Historically, Kiev is one of the most ancient (probably 1550 years old) and
important cities of the region, the center of Rus civilization, survivor of
numerous wars, purges and genocides. Many historical and architectural
landmarks are preserved or reconstructed in the city.
The art and architecture of Kiev are world treasures. St. Sophia Cathedral,
where the princes of Kiev were crowned, has outstanding mosaics and frescoes
dating back to the 11th century. Overlooking the old section of Kiev, Podol,
stands the Ukrainian Baroque Andriivska Church (church of St. Andrew), much beloved by
Ukrainians. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the Monastery of the Caves, a short trolley
ride from the center of town, has two 11th-century cathedrals on its
grounds, in addition to its world-famous catacombs, bell tower, and museum
collections. Close to the center of town stands the Golden Gate, a structure
which dates back to 1037. The remains of the Golden Gates of Kiev one of
Ukraine's oldest surviving historical monuments stand in a small public park
at the corner of Volodymyrska and Velyka Pidvalna Streets. Several blocks
away, stands the magnificent 19th-century Cathedral of St. Volodymyr.
The modern center with surviving parts of the old city are on the hilly
west, or right bank, of the Dnipro River. The main street, Khreshchatik,
runs between two steep hills. Parallel about half a kilometer west, is
vulytsya Volodymyrska, the main street of the Old Kiev area (Staryj Kiev).
From the north end of Khreshchatik, vulytsya Hrushevskoho rises southeast
along a ridge to the Caves Monastery at Perchersk. Woods and parks cover
most of the steep right-bank slopes. Kiev's newer sections stretch
out on the flat left bank. These are characterized by large housing
developments and industrialized neighborhoods.
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