Welcome to Kiev

Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, dating back to the 5th century and the capital and largest city of Ukraine. Located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River, Kiev is a city rich in history and beautiful architecture, with countless cathedrals and monasteries, and with a thriving contemporary art scene.

Top Kiev Attractions

Andriyivsky Uzviz and St Andrew’s Church – Andriyivski Uzviz, also known as Kiev’s Montmartre, is one of the oldest and most picturesque places in the city. This serpentine, cobbled slope marks the heart of arty Kiev, the place to come for art, crafts and fun as its steep descent is lined with numerous art galleries, museums, unique souvenirs shops with traditional Ukrainian goods, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants. Climb to the top of the hill and you can feast your eyes on St Andrew’s. This church is the last work of Rastrelli, the Italian architect who built the Winter Palace in Petersburg. Completed in 1762, the building is a lovely piece of Baroque fantasy.

Mother of the Fatherland – One of the biggest monuments in Kiev (62 meter / 203 ft). It is part of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, built to commemorate the German-Soviet War.

Independence Square – Also known as ‘Maidan Nezalezhnosti’ is the central square of Kiev and the place for the Orange Revolution (2004). It is located on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion. It’s a huge open space with fountains, the Independence Column, the famous Hotel Ukraina and across the Khreshchatyk street, benches and some stalls together with Lyadski Gate.

St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral – Built in Russian-Byzantine style with a yellow exterior and a colorful fresco-filled interior, this seven-domed church is a good place to experience a Ukrainian Orthodox service. St Volodymyr’s Cathedral is one of the city’s major landmarks and the mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchy. It was constructed in the late 19th century to mark 900 years of Christianity in the country.

National Opera House of Ukraine – Established in 1867, the National Opera House of Ukraine is an ornate, romantic theatre with a 200 year history, this opera house is currently home to the Kiev Opera Company. Aficionados of classical music, this is your destination. Known for drawing world class talent, this facility is one of the most prestigious in the country.

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