Ukraine travel guide



kyiv Travel Guide

Kyiv Travel Guide

Kyiv or Kiev is truly one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Here in Kyiv there are some of the most beautiful old buildings and churches of the world. You will have to spend at least a week to see all the fantastically preserved Orthodox churches; the foremost are Saint Sophia Cathedral with its mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century, the Baroque Saint Andrew's Church of Kyiv, the 19th-century St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and the Pechersk Lavra featuring several monasteries and cathedrals on its grounds. Other renowned landmarks include the Golden Gate of Kyiv which date back to 1037.

There are numerous art galleries, museums, fantastic cafes, restaurants and three malls. The many theatres and opera houses provide indoor entertainment, most performances are held in Ukrainian and Russian. The Kyiv Opera House presents excellent opera and ballet shows. The Ivan Franko Theatre is a centre of Ukrainian plays.

Ukrainian craftsmen selling traditional Ukrainian goods such as pottery, embroidery, and handicrafts can be found throughout the city particularly in shops at Pechersk Lavra and Saint Sophia Cathedral. The main street, Khreshchatyk, runs between two steep hills, parallel about half a kilometer west, is Volodymyrska, the main street of the Old Kyiv area.

Kyiv is also an important educational and scientific centre in Eastern Europe, various universities and science academies including National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv and the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute are located here.

The transliteration of the city’s name from Ukrainian is Kyiv; Kiev is the transliteration from the Russian language. The name Kyiv is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of the four legendary brothers who founded the city (Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and sister Lybid').

Architectural attractions in Kyiv suffered severely damage during World War II and in the earlier Soviet Times. Today many architectural and art treasures that were destroyed has been extensively restored and now adorn the city enhancing its natural beauty.

The average summer temperature in Kyiv is 24°C, and in winter is -4°C. People in Kyiv are very hospitable. Kyiv is known as the “Green City” for its abundant botanical gardens, parks and beautiful trees. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kyiv Metro. Russian is widely spoken in Kyiv, particularly in business, including shops and restaurants. For sure, your stay in Kyiv will become one of your most memorable experiences.

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