Top 10 sights of Kyiv which are highly recommended to visit
In medieval times Kyiv was a capital of huge country known as Kyivan Rus. It borders were stretching from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea, uniting different Slavic states. Being surrounded with 12 meter defensive walls, Golden Gate served as a front gate to ancient Kyiv with Annunciation church on the top.
In 1240 Kyiv city walls fell down under the pressure of Mongol-Tatar army and were laying in a ruin till 1980s. In celebration of 1500 year anniversary of Kyiv, Golden Gate was reconstructed; it is also one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, top-rated among Kyiv attractions.
You can also find a bronze figure of Yaroslav the Wise, prominent governor of Kyiv, whose name is tightly connected with Saint Sophia`s Cathedral.
Saint Sophia`s Cathedral
Saint Sophia`s Cathedral it’s a real masterpiece which is preserved since 11th century. Take your time and marvel fantastic medieval frescoes and mosaics, try to decode old graffiti- writings on the walls. Each corner is full of meaning and philosophy, esthetics is in each form. The UNESCO-listed Saint Sophia`s Cathedral is one of the oldest standing temples which faced numerous cataclysms, still ready to impress you now. The bell towel of the cathedral is also worth of climbing; you will be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic view of Kyiv.
- Maidan Square, officially known as Square of Independence is a real active heart of Kyiv, a gathering point for Ukraine. Whatever happens, it happens on Maidan, it faced dark days during Euromaidan Revolution (Revolution of Dignity) when more than 100 protesters were killed, in peaceful days Maidan become a huge fan zone during Eurovision Contest 2017 and UEFA 2018 to prove the changes. Sinning fountain light shows are popular among tourists and locals in summer evenings. There are also a lot of good places around Maidan where you can eat or get a glass of good craft beer while staying in Kyiv.
St Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral
St Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral is facing St. Sophia`s Cathedral on the opposite side of the square. It is named after Kyiv`s patron saint- St. Michael. You should definitely add this marvelous blue cathedral with golden domes into your must see list in Kiev. It`s bell tower which works as a museum as well is offering also picturesque view from the top.
Pedestrian bridge with Arch of Friendship
In summer 2019, a new pedestrian bridge with glass platforms was opened in Kyiv. Locals call it also to be a Klitchko bridge. It makes walks more comfortable and definitely more beautiful as this bridge unites 2 hills. Very close to the bridge, behind the Philharmonic Hall of Kyiv you can see a huge monument in form of arch, which symbolized friendship of nations in Soviet times.
The Motherland Monument
Built in 1981 this gigantic monument is included into the list of the highest monuments in the world and it`s a reason enough to visit it while staying in Kyiv. The Motherland monument is seen from different points of Kyiv, as its 62 meter stainless still figure is arising on the top of the hill. It was built to commemorate the victory of Soviet Union over the Nazis in the Second World War. Don’t skip the Great Patriotic War Museum inside of the statue. In good weather you can enjoy bird’s eye panorama from 91 meter observation platform.
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is an outstanding, huge complex with beautiful churches, shiny bell towers and dark underground caves. It well-known among the tourists and pilgrims all over the world, laying on green hills of the Dnipro River. After exploring the upper territory with strikng architecture and worth visiting museums, go down into caves. Feel the ascetic lifestyle of monks; see their incorruptible mummified bodies and our tour guides will tell you about their kind doings. Bell tower of the cave monastery is a real attraction of Kyiv.
St. Andrew’s Descent
St. Andrew`s cabbaled street gathers crowds near the St. Andrew`s Church every day. According to the local legend Apostle Andrew foresaw the appearance of Kyiv and blessed this land, erecting a cross on the hill. Go up the stairs of the church and a breathtaking picture will appear in front of your eyes. It`s an amazing with charming architecture, souvenir street market, and numerous galleries and delicious restaurants. Don’t be afraid to choose a present for your close here, as there is a lot of eye-catching stuff.
National Opera House
Staying in Kyiv take a chance to visit National Opera House which is known outside of Ukraine. You will be surprise with prices and delighted with opera or ballet. This magnificent building was established at the end of 19-th century.
Podil is highly recommended to visit when you come to Kyiv, as it hides numerous historical sights and reflects the life of 19th century. To get there you have a good choice: from St. Andrew`s church you just need to go down the street, another not trivial option can be a funicular, which is located behind the St Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral. This old transport will bring you down directly to the river port. Take a boat trip along the Dnipro river, it`s a nice idea to see the picturesque landscape of the capital. Podil area which was inhabited with merchants and craftsmen. Once the receipt of candied fruits was discovered here, by the way a small fanсy box with candied fruits can be a good and healthy souvenir from Kyiv.
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