SIGHTSEEING IN KIEV
Places to Explore In Kyiv (See also Monuments and Attractions)
Kiev (Kyiv) is a city of surprises at every turn. The best way to explore Kiev is by foot or to use the inexpensive public transport network. Most attractions are within walking distance and there are plenty of good cafe's bars and restaurants along the way. Kiev is located both sides of the river Dnieper, commonly known as the left and right banks. Keep in mind that the right bank of Kyiv stands on steep hills and the left bank is predominantly flat. The historic city centre is located on three high hills on the right bank, the lower area is called Podol. Kiev is one of the greenest city's in Europe and you will never be far away from a park or green spaces. Wear comfortable flat walking shoes that reflect the time of year you will visit. Ice and snow is a particular hazard in winter and you will need appropriate footwear and clothing.
Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti)
Nearest Metro: Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Kheschatyk
Address: Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv, Ukraine
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Independence square or " Maidan Nezalezhnosti" as it is known is Kiev's most beautiful square and an excellent place to begin sightseeing. It is situated at the north end of Khreshchatyk Street, which is the main street in Kyiv. Independence Square is most commonly known for staging the events of the Orange revolution in 2004. Most recently it was one of the focal points of the violent revolution in 2014.
At weekends and on public holidays Khreshchatyk Street and Independence square is pedestrianised.
Getting to Independence square is easy. Either take the metro to Maidan Nezalezhnosti or metro to Khreschatyk. If you go to Khreshchatyk you will need to turn right as you leave the metro. It is a 5 minute walk. The square is split into two halves divided by the road.
The best place to take pictures is to remain on the same side as the column and walk toward the shopping centre at the back of the square. Look for a café on the left to the shopping centre entrance. Here you will find some steps. When you get to the top you will have a great view of the square in front of you. For a different camera angle, cross the bridge to your right when facing the square and walk across to the other side of the road.
Andriyivski Uzviz (St. Andrews Church
Nearest Metro: Kontraktova Ploscha (or take Funicular fom Poshtova Ploscha metro)
Address: 23 Andriivski Descent, Kyiv, Ukraine
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In every city there are special places that make it unique to any other. Andriyivs'kyi Uzviz is Kyiv's "Monmartre". It is an integral part of the old Kiev, and one of the oldest streets in Eastern Europe. At the top of the hill you will see the stunning "St. Andrew's Church", built on the orders of Russian Empress Elizabeth by the Italian architect Bartolomeo F. Rastrelli in 1754.
Today the street has become a mixture of art galleries and artists selling paintings, and souvenir stalls selling mass produced Soviet tourist paraphernalia and old traditional Ukrainian folk crafts.
There also a couple of small interesting museums. The "One Museum" has become one of the most popular museums in Kyiv. It is a fascinating place full of historical documents and fulfils an insight into the past history of Ukraine and Kyiv.
On this street you will also find a museum and former home of Mikhail Bulgakov, a celebrated Russian writer. Bulgakov was a literary genius who's most famous works are "The Master and Margarita". The house has been lovingly restored and you will find a collection of the writer's personal effects, letters, books and original photographs. It is situated at the bottom of the street at number 13
Nearest Metro: Arsenalna
Address: Lavrska Str.3, Kiev, Ukraine
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A sad and sobering place but one you should visit to understand how Ukrainian people were persecuted by former Soviet Russia. When Ukraine resisted Soviet attempts at collectivization in the 1920s and '30s, the Soviet Union under Stalin used labour camps, executions, and starvation (Holodomor) to kill millions of Ukrainians.
It is not clear how many Ukrainian's were killed but estimates put it somewhere in the region of several million.
The Holomodor Memorial Museum in Kiev aims to draw public attention to the most tragic pages of Ukraine's national history. It is an integral part of Kiev's cityscape as it can be seen from many promenades, squares and public places situated on both banks of the river. It is in the Pechersk district. The Holomodor Memorial Museum is located on the hilly banks of the Dnipro in the beautiful Slava Park, where you can also see the Memorial to the "unknown Soldier". The award-winning architectural design of the Holomodor Memorial consists of a 30 metre high candle shaped monument referred to as "The Candle of Memory", an entrance square with a memorial block, a sculpture featuring several angels, a plaza with the millstones of history, a sculpture representing a girl clutching some grain ears, and an underground memorial hall.
Situated high on the hills overlooking Kyiv so offering splendid views.
Nearest Metro: Khreschatyk
Address: Khreschatyk St., Kyiv, Ukraine
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Geographically speaking, Khreschatyk connects Bessarab’ska Square to the south and European Square to the north. But spiritually, it gazes west, to London, Milan, Barcelona and Paris, seeking to emulate the style and fashion of its well known counterparts. Khreschatyk is everything you would not expect. Clean modern café bars, bistros, modern shopping centres and excellent restaurants. It still echoes with its soviet past, but now the impressive Stalinist architecture is just a memory of what once was and now the Ukraine looks forward to its own Independent future. During weekends and public holidays, Khreschatyk is closed to traffic and becomes pedestrian only. As the weather gets warmer the street really comes to life. Fashionable Ukrainian women stroll arm in arm, street performers entertain passers by and shoppers dive in and out of the many designer stores and shopping stores. Indeed, Khreschatyk is the perfect place to sit with a beer at an alfresco bar and watch the world go by while enjoying one of Europe’s most beautiful urban landscapes.
The street of Khreschatyk is an ideal starting point to explore the many interesting sights of Kiev.
House of Chimeras
Nearest Metro: Kreshchatyk
Address: 10 Bankova Street, Kyiv, Ukraine
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House of Chimeras or Gorodetsky House as it is known, is probably the most interesting and one of the most famous buildings in Kiev. The House of Chimeras was designed by the architect Vladislav Gorodetsky and was built between 1901-1903. It was built in the Art Nouveau style and is as unique building unlike anything else in the world. It was the first building in Kiev to be constructed with cement. The façade is adorned with mysterious mythical creatures: mermaids, stretching their nets; dolphins, sea reptiles, crocodiles, huge toads, water-lilies of fantastic size; heads of rhinoceroses and antelopes; lizards, running on harmonious columns; eagles, spreading their wings; elephants with trunks, serving as drains during rain. It is part of the official presidential reception rooms, so public visits inside are restricted. Don't let that put you off, this should be high on your list.
It is situated across from the President of Ukraine's office in the historic Lypky district.
When the president is in residence or being used on government business the House of Chimeras can only be seen from a distance.
Princess Olha Monument
Nearest Metro: Poshtova Ploscha
Address: Mikhailovska Square, Kiev, Ukraine
The monument to Kyivan Rus and Orthodox saint Princess Olha is situated on Mikhailovska square close St. Michael's Gold-domed cathedral. The tall figure in the middle is Princess Olga, first known female ruler of Ukraine. At either side of her are brothers St. Cyril and St. Methodious, sons of a prominent Christian family.
Olha was Sviatoslav's wife during his reign (945–57) and his later military campaigns. After his death she subdued the rebellious Derevlianians and avenged his slaying. She expanded and strengthened the central power of Kiev and Olha was the first Kyivan Rus ruler to become a Christian. Princess Olha allowed a Christian community to develop in Kiev, thereby paving the way for the Christianization of Ukraine by his son and Olha's grandson, Volodymyr the Great. The church canonized Princess Olha during the first half of the 13th century. In the Ukrainian church Olha is considered an equal of the Apostles.
An interesting monument to see, made much more interesting as you will be in the middle of so many other interesting monuments and Cathedral's.