Top 7 sights of Kyiv

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

The history of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, started more than 1,500 years ago. Ukrainians appreciate and remember their history. Besides big avenues and high buildings, you can find a lot of historical monuments all around the city.

But which of them is the most interesting? Here is a list of top 7 the must-see sights in Kyiv.

1. Khreshchatyk and Independence Square

Khreshchatyk is the main street of Kyiv city. Walking slowly around the streets you can see the historical monuments, magnificent houses with beautiful columns and stucco, as well as unparalleled architecture, created mainly in the 1950s.

At the weekend, as well as during the holidays, the traffic on Khreshchatyk is blocked and it becomes pedestrian. The street is rich in restaurants, cozy cafes and many souvenir shops.

Independence Square is the central square of Kyiv, where the most important historical events took place in the country. The people of Kyiv and the guests of the city love to relax and stroll here.

2. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

This is an Orthodox monastery complex. This is one of the largest Christian shrine centers in the country. It was founded in 1051 as a cave monastery outside Kyiv.

There are more than 20 churches, several museums, near and far caves, fraternal buildings, a hotel, a refectory and numerous of other structures on the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

3. Hagia Sophia

St. Sophia Cathedral is a Christian church in Ukraine, in Kyiv. Located in Sofia City Square. It was built in 1037 by Yaroslav the Wise. Named after the Holy Wisdom of God.

4. The Golden Gate

This is the main gate of ancient Kyiv, a monument of the defensive architecture of Kievan Rus, one of the oldest dated structures of Eastern Europe, a symbol of Kyiv. They were named by analogy with the Golden Gate in Constantinople.

5. St. Andrew’s Church and Andriyivsky Uzviz

St. Andrew’s Church is a monument of history, architecture, painting of the XVIII century. It was built in 1747-1762 in the Baroque style. The completeness of the lines, the clear proportions, the amazing harmony of the shapes and the surrounding landscape earned her recognition and fame.

Andriyivsky Uzviz is the second most popular street in Kyiv after Khreshchatyk, which located in Podil. It is a beautiful street full of restaurants and souvenirs shop, but also you can find here a lot of museums.

6. Motherland

Motherland is a monumental sculpture in Kyiv, located on the high right bank at the National Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II. Opened in 1981. This is the tallest monumental sculpture in Europe.

7. House with Chimaeras

Horodecki House is a brick building with mythological and hunting subjects and is the main architectural building of the early Neo-Gothic style. It was named after sculptural ornaments, the theme of which is animal terrestrial and underwater worlds, hunting attributes, mythical creatures.

INSIGHT: Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge.

This is a new pedestrian-bicycle bridge connecting the People’s Friendship Arch and Saint Volodymyr Hill.

The bridge offers impressive views of the center of the Ukrainian capital and the Dnieper

River. The length of this bridge made of concrete, iron, and glass is 212 meters, the width ranges from 6 meters in regular zones to 14 meters in observation zones.

Are you looking for interesting, new, extraordinary places? Ask our guides to show you the real city! You can feel the atmosphere of the city, to get to know insides of our country. All you need to do choose the guide and book tour.

P.S. Kyiv is a big city and it’s hard to put every beautiful place on this list. Be ready that you will need some time to explore the city and to get to know Ukrainian capital.

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I’m a fellow traveller and explorer of Ukraine. Based in Kyiv. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I’m very friendly and always open to discussing new projects, interesting ideas or opportunities to be part of Ukraine.
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