Sights of Kiev
In our capital, one may find different buildings of all times, starting from The Middle Ages till nowadays. As for architectural styles, they are also very diverse. In Kiev, there are few buildings of the period of princes, than numerous classic edifices, Art Nouveau architecture, High Tech and many others.
Intended purposes of Kiev's buildings are also variable. One may see government tasks, theaters, offices, churches, mansions, stadiums, universities and even palaces here.
All buildings in Kiev are particular, having their own features and amazing details. Our guide will be happy to make you see the most fascinating buildings of Kiev city.
The question of Kiev’s foundation is disputable. There are some contradictory versions about the city's formation place. The official version, based on chronicles, is the following: Kiev was found on Old Kiev (or Starokiivska, in Ukrainian). In ancient times, it was called just “The Hill”.
Meanwhile, archeological digs and researches of certain scientists give ground to affirm that the city's development starts from Podol, or the Down Town. Nevertheless, we can affirm that these two parts of Kiev – The Hill and Podol – are the oldest within today's city limits.
The third historical center is Pechersk, which was settled by monks in 11th century. “Mountain governs, Podol works and Pechersk prays” – such expression was often used in Kiev in ancient times.
There are many other interesting areas and localities in Kiev: islands, hills and valleys, and all of them have their own history.
Sacred springs of Kiev
Everything in this world comes from the water.
From the very beginning, people beleived that the sources located in holy places like monasteries and temples bring sacred water. An Eternal City, Kiev, housing so many cathedrals, has sacred spring too.
Even if today we have less of springs that we used to, all the pilgrims coming in Kiev leave our city with bottles of holy water.
Bridges of Kiev
It is impossible to imagine today's Kiev without Dnieper River and briges uniting its left and right banks. They provide comfortable connection and create the visage of the city. Every brige in Kiev is unique, having its own story.
To diversify your city tour, do not hesitate to visit museums! Recently open or known for a long time, compact or wide by space, private or state – all Kiev museums are kindly open for visitors. Even for Kiev citizens, considering themselves to be know-all, there is always something of interest, because museum expositions are often renewed.
Only Saint Andrew Descent is a true street-museum. Attractive not only by its landscape, history, fascinating houses and souvenirs, but also by many interesting museums, this street is recommendable for visitors.
There are more than 120 museums and exhibitions in Kiev. City gouvernment promises to create about 30 more till 2025.