- Location: Between Europe & Asia
- Capital: Kiev
- Language: Ukrainian, Russian, English
- Population: 46,008,406
- Total Area: 603,700 km2
- Currency: Hryvnia
Poles, Lithuanians and Tsars. Kiev was also a home to the Red Army and the Nazis. Once you enter this city, you would be amazed to see the classical Soviet architecture of Independence Square, in line with the golden domed orthodox cathedrals. Today, all set to reap the rewards of a growing market economy in the country, Kiev is all decked up with new monuments and malls and a lot of other things which make it the showcase of the new Ukrainian wealth, adding to the city’s refined aesthetic sense.
- In 1922, Ukraine became one of the founding republics of the old Soviet Union.
- After Russia, Ukraine is the largest contiguous nation in Europe.
- Former Soviet Premier, Leonid Brezhnev came from Ukraine.
Kiev Tourist Attractions
St Sophia’s Cathedral
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life
Located around 12 kms south of Kiev, this open-air museum in the city is said to be one of its best. With over seven villages, each representing a different region of Ukraine, scattered in its premises, the visitors breathe fresh village air by coming across wind mills, peasant huts, churches and barns. In the summer months, the craftsmen work here and sell pottery, carvings and several other items. Even the restaurants here are noted for their special food item called Shashlyk.
In the year 2004, when Ukraine’s orange revolution became a global phenomenon, Kiev’s Independence Square was the focal point of all the attention received. Although things have long calmed down, this historical landmark is still the city’s most popular place where meetings are held and celebrations are organized. Just beneath the square lies an underground shopping mall wherein you can shop till you drop.
It is one of Kiev’s prime tourist attractions and is located on a hill facing River Dnipro. As a whole, it is divided into two areas, namely the Upper Lavra and Lower Lavra. The Upper Lavra is owned by the government and contains a number of churches and museums. The Great Bell Tower measures around 96 meters and dominates the skyline of the city. The Museum of Historical Treasures showcases historical items, the most notable among them being the Scythian gold collection, while the Museum of Micro-Miniatures displays the works of Russian miniature artist Mykola Syadristy, which includes chess set on the head, a pin and the world’s smallest electric motor. Beneath the Lower Lavra are subterranean streets where monks once stayed and worshipped. They, today, lie in mummified form in the niches lining these streets.
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