Welcome to Kyiv!
Kyiv (official spelling), sometimes also spelt as Kiev, has a rich history dating back to over 1500 years. Founded in 482 AD, this beautiful capital of Ukraine is situated on the green hills overlooking the mighty Dnipro River.
Ukraine’s capital abounds in amazing attractions and lively nightspots. Famed for its golden-domed churches and monasteries dating back to the 11th century, attracting pilgrims from across the Christian Orthodox world, vibrant culture, numerous parks, unique architecture, rich Ukrainian cuisine, and highly-educated and fashion-conscious locals, Kyiv is a cosmopolitan city, catering for all ages and tastes.
The must-see spots of Kyiv include the following:
The Kyiv Pecherska Lavra, or Caves Monastery (1051), is the focal point of the early Orthodox Church and is a must see for all visitors to the Ukrainian Capital.
The St Sofia Cathedral, built between 1011 and 1018, is home to splendid icons, mosaics and frescoes and is situated in beautiful grounds. The Cathedral built by the Kievan Rus Prince Yaroslav the Wise is an outstanding monument to the first Ukrainian state and was the first Ukrainian landmark to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A short stroll away the impressive Golden Gate of Kyiv is the last remnant of the tenth-century walls built to defend the city and now operates as a museum.
Other attractions include the St Volodymyr Cathedral (the headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church), the ornate Opera House, the imposing Motherland Statue which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, the Museum of Ukrainian Art and the History Museum of Ukraine. A trip to Kyiv is not complete without a stroll down Andriyivsky Uzviz, a picturesque cobbled street in central Kyiv now used by the many artists who call the city home to sell their works.
Independence Square, or Maidan Nezalezhnosti, was the main square of the city which has always been a scene for important social and political events of modern country. Khreshchatik Street which runs off Independence Square is world-famous for its blossoming chestnut trees, sidewalk café’s and shopping.
Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, occupies the sixth place in Europe as for the number of citizens after Moscow, London, St-Petersburg, Berlin, Madrid.
Mikhail Bulgakov said about Ukrainian capital and one of the oldest cities in Europe: “There is no more beautiful city in the world than Kyiv”.
The deepest in the world subway (metro) station is located in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. It is Arsenal’na metro station and its depth is 105 meters!
Motherland Statue in Kyiv is in the list of the hugest constructions in the world! It is 102 meters high and is the highest statue in Europe and the 7-th highest statue of the world.The shortest city main street, but at the same time one of the widest and the most spectacular is Khreshchatyk Street in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Its total length is 1,225 meters.
Kiev underground station Zoloti Vorota is one of the 15 most beautiful stations in the world (according to Daily Telegraph)
Kyiv ranks #1 city with the most beautiful women according to Travelers Digest.