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Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine.

It is located in the north central part of the country on the Dnipro River. The city has a unique landscape and is widely known for its architectural ensembles, which are tactically inscribed in it.

The area of Kiev is 827 square km and includes 14 administrative districts. They are built on only 42% of the entire area of the city. The rest of the city is water bodies, green areas and parks.

Modern Kiev is one of the largest cities in Europe, administrative, economic, scientific, cultural and educational center of the country.

There is no doubt that Kiev is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine. Located in the center of Europe it attracts a lot of tourists. Kiev local time is UTC +2.

Kiev’s most famous historical architectural complexes are the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), which are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. One of Kiev’s widely recognized modern landmarks is the highly visible giant Mother Motherland statue standing at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War on the right bank of the Dnipro River.

At night you can see the beauty of Kiev in a different light. With its great architecture, the capital of Ukraine becomes a wonderful place for a romantic car tour. Numerous nightclubs, disco bars and restaurants make for a great evening for citizens and guests alike.

We will give you a short overview of some spots to discover.

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Kiev Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery which gave its name to one of the city districts where it is located in Kiev. It is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kiev Pechersk Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from bell towers to cathedrals to underground cave systems and to strong stone fortification walls. The main attractions of the Lavra include Great Lavra Bell tower, the notable feature of the Kiev skyline, and the Dormition Cathedral, destroyed in World War II, and fully reconstructed in recent years.
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Museum of the Great Patriotic War is the memorial complex. It is known with its monument, Mother Motherland, which is one of the most recognizable symbols of Kiev. It is more than 100 meters tall and weighing 450 tons. The pedestal is a museum, which houses the Hall of Military Glory. There is the exhibition that tells about the heroic battles of Soviet soldiers against the Nazi invaders. On pylons there are the names of Heroes of Soviet union and Socialist Labor, in the center of the hall there is the Order of Victory, with the diameter of 5 meters.
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National Botanic Garden was founded in 1936 and covers the territory of 120 hectares. The garden houses 13,000 types of trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants from all over the world. It is the place where the guests can see exotic plants, attend the flowers exhibitions, take a walk along the beautiful lilac and rose alleys while enjoying the exquisite scents and aromas.
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Pirogovo is an open-air museum of folk architecture and life of Ukraine. Founded in 1969, the museum contains over 300 pieces of folk architecture brought here from all over Ukraine and carefully reassembled. Commoner's homes, buildings of small trade, commerce and local administration, and old wooden village churches contain authentic items that represent the everyday lifestyle of Ukrainian villagers and townsfolk. Local volunteers and modern Ukrainian artisans selling their wares dress in old-style clothes and demonstrate the use of authentic everyday items to visitors.
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Kiev dolphinarium Nemo offer you to learn out a lot about the pacific dolphins and south american seals, at the same time of the mysterious fauna. There are southern seals Klepa and Norma, and also charming and unchallenged – the pacific bottle-nosed dolphins Shkiper, Nelli, Botsman, Dori live at Kiev dolphinarium.
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Other city attractions

Khreshchatyk is the main street of Kiev. On weekends and public holidays the street is closed for traffic and open for pedestrians only, making it a popular destination for tourists. Street crosses the main square of Kiev – Independence Square, known in Ukraine as Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus. Today, it is one of the city’s best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List along with the Kiev Cave Monastery complex. Aside from its main building, the cathedral includes an ensemble of supporting structures such as a bell tower, the House of Metropolitan, and others.
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St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery is a functioning monastery. Uneclipsed frescoes and wealth make the monastery a unique monument. Despite a long-time reconstruction initiated after the Mongol-Tatar invasion, the current structure does not differ in architecture and style of its ancestor.

Take a funicular and discover one of the oldest parts of Kiev – Podol. Enjoy the architecture of the 18th century buildings and original backyards.

One of the famous sights in Kiev is St. Andrew’s Church, built by order of Empress Catherine in honor of the Apostle Andrew. It was erected in 1754 by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. According to legend, the mountain, on which the cathedral is situated, is sacred. The Apostle Andrew has erected a cross on this mountain. As the church sits atop a hill, foundation problems have been one of the main concerns of preservationists. More recently, the foundation below the church has started to shift.

Andreyevsky Spusk is one of the most picturesque streets in the city with a lovely market selling souvenirs, art works and crafts’ stretched along the pavement. If you go downhill, on your right side there will be adjacent street full of different kinds of paintings on sale performed by the local artists.

Mariinskiy Palace designed by architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Mariinskiy Palace was built in 1750 and used as Kiev residence of the Tsar family. Facades and interiors of the palace impress with luxury of furnish. Now the Mariinskiy Palace is an official residence of the President for the high-rank person reception.

Mariinskiy Park. You may walk through the shady alleys, take a picture of an ancient fountain in the middle of the park and visit the Palace.

The House with Chimeras was the first building in Kiev to be constructed from cement and is built precariously on the slope of the hill. The building is truly unique in its architecture, which depicts a variety of fantastic fauna. Nowadays the building is used as the President’s reception house. Once a month there are excursions available to experience the magic of this architectural masterpiece from the inside.

Golden Gates is a major landmark of the Ancient Kiev and historic gateway in the ancient city fortress. Currently it serves as a museum.

Vladimir’s Cathedral is one of two major Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. The cathedral has 7 domes and is built in neo-Byzantine style. The cathedral carries the richest heritage of great artists and was a joint project of famous architects of the imperial era.

The National Opera of Ukraine was established in 1867, and is the third oldest in Ukraine, after Odessa Opera and Lviv Opera. Nowadays it named after Taras Shevchenko and is one of the most successful theaters in the country. It can be proved not only by the immense popularity of the theater, but also by the numerous awards at different theatrical festivals.

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