The Best 10 Places to Visit in Kyiv
Kyiv is an old, beautiful and comfortable city, that can amaze even experienced tourists. If you are going to visit the capital of Ukraine, it would be better to chose which places you should see firs
Don't be confused, you shouldn't make a hard choice. Hyser already put together a list of the 10 best places every tourist should visit in Kyiv.
Independence Square
Independence Square
Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) is not only the main square of Kyiv, but also the place where the modern history of Ukraine was made. The Maidan was the very place where the revolutionary events in 2004 and 2013 started.

Independence Square is literally imbued with the spirit of history and the atmosphere of the struggle for democracy. It is hard to believe that until the 10th century, the future main square of Ukraine was just a swamp. Yet now the Maidan is the centre of public political activity in Ukraine. Of course, Independence Square is the place that should be №1 on your list of tourist attractions in Kyiv.
Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) at night

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra means for Kyiv as much as The Louvre for Paris, the White House for the USA or Madame Tussauds for London. It is hard to imagine a true tourist visit to Kiev without seeing this historic Orthodox Christian monastery.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a unique monastery complex, historical and religious monument of the Kyivan Rus. Since its foundation in 1051 the Lavra has been a preeminent centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, including bell towers, cathedrals, underground cave systems and strong stone fortification walls. The main attractions of the Lavra are Great Lavra Belltower, the notable feature of the Kyiv skyline, and the Dormition Cathedral, destroyed in World War II, and fully reconstructed in recent years.
Inside one of the churches of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Andriyivskyy Descent
Andriyivskyy Descent
Andriyivskyy Descent is a beautiful street in Kyiv connecting Kiev's Upper Town neighborhood and the historically commercial Podil neighborhood. It is one of the most ancient streets in Kyiv.

Andriyivskyy Descent is marked by a couple historic landmarks, including the 18th century Saint Andrew's Church, the Castle of Richard the Lionheart and famed Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov's house. Andriyivskyy Descent charms with its legendary history, bright colors, and unique architectural ensemble.

By the way, Andriyivskyy Descent is the place where Kiev's artists and bohema used to work and live. Perhaps it is the reason why Andriyivskyy Descent is called „Montmarte of Kiev".
St. Andrew's Church - the pearl of the Descent
Golden Gate
Golden Gate
Golden Gate is one of the most important architectural and historical monuments remaining from the Kyivan Rus. Golden Gate were built in 1017–1024 by order of Yaroslav the Wise, the Grand Prince of the Kyivan Rus.

Till 1970 Golden Gate was a ruin, and the remains continued to destroy. So, in 1970 the decision on restoration and renewal of Golden Gate in accordance with ancient paintings was taken. New Golden Gate were open in 1982 for 1500th anniversary of Kyiv.

There is a museum of "Golden Gate" inside the monument, where you can examine the remains of ancient buildings of Kyivan Rus and the guide will tell a lot of interesting facts about it. Golden Gate are included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, so you should see it by your own eyes.
Monument to Yaroslav the Wise near Golden Gate
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral is another outstanding architectural monument of Kyivan Rus. It was built by order of Yaroslav the Wise in the Byzantine style between 1037 and 1044. Saint Sophia Cathedral was significantly transformed during the baroque period. The visitors of Saint Sophia Cathedral can see inside a lot of mosaics and frescos from the 11th century, including a dilapidated representation of Yaroslav's family and the Orans. In 2007 Saint Sophia Cathedral was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, based on votes by experts and the internet community. Saint Sophia Cathedral is also included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky on St. Sofia square
Landscape Alley
Landscape Alley
Landscape Alley is zone in Kiev created on the spot where used to be the defense shafts of the Upper Town. Landscape Alley is one of the most interesting and spectacular avenue of Kyiv. This picturesque street combines several historical sites and cultural centres.

Landscape Alley is the favorite strolling place for Kyiv residents. It also attracts a lot of capital's guests, who always list this wonderful sight in their tourist itineraries. Landscape Alley draws not only with its picturesqueness, but also with unique combination of token historical locality, amazing nature and true art. This place is like fairytale decorations, so we recommend to visit Landscape Alley (better with your children).
One of the installations by architect Konstantin Skretutsky on Landscape alley
Mariyinsky Palace
Mariyinsky Palace
Mariyinsky Palace is one of the most beautiful and elegant architectural monuments in Kyiv. It is a baroque palace on the hilly bank of the Dnipro River. Mariyinsky Palace is the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine, situated near the building of the Verkhovna Rada. There are solemn events of national importance, the various ceremonies, receptions, summits and meetings of foreign delegations are held at Mariyinsky Palace.

The palace was ordered to be constructed in 1744 by the Russian Emress Elizaveta Petrovna. Unfortunately, at the moment Mariinsky Palace is under construction, that will be finished in 2019, so it is closed to visitors. Yet it is worth spending your time to feel its historic aura.
sculptures on the facade of the Mariyinsky Palace
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine in Pyrogiv village is the place, where a tourist can spend all the day. Pyrogiv is a beautiful land, and the open-air museum is the best part of it. The museum was founded in the outskirts of Kyiv in 1969. Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine includes all main examples of historic and etnographic regions of Ukraine of ХVI–ХХ centuries. One of the main distinctive features of the museum is its theatrical performances and open-air celebrations dedicated to different folk holidays. It is advisable to visit Pyrogiv at the weekend. The visitors of the museum can taste shashlyk (grilled meat) and home-like-food. You can enter houses-museums, mills, churches and have a horse ride. A romantic couple even can organize a wedding ceremony in local wooden churches!
The old church on the museum grounds
House with Chimaeras
House with Chimaeras
House with Chimaeras or Horodecki House is an unique modern building located in the centre of Kyiv, across the street from the President's office at Bankova street. The building derives its popular name from the ornate decorations depicting exotic animals and hunting scenes. The name don't refer to the chimaera of mythology, but to an architectural style known as chimaera decoration in which animal figures are applied as decorative elements to a building.

House with Chimaeras has been used as a presidential residence for official and diplomatic ceremonies since 2005. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyiv. House with Chimaeras is a great place to take a wonderful picture or attend an interesting excursion.
Architecture of the House with Chimeras and a monument to the architect Vladislav Gorodetsky
Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum
Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum
Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum is a history museum in Kyiv, dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The museum was opened in 1992. It recreates the disaster, explaining its causes and devastating consequences.
Inside of the National Museum of Chornobyl
Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum houses an extensive collection of visual media, artifacts, scale models and other representational items designed to educate the public about many aspects of the disaster. Visiting the museum is an unique opportunity to realize all the truth about the disaster, that made the world trembling.
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