Sights and landmarks of Kiev

Buildings of Kiev

Kyiv, Golden GateIn 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, numerous classic-style edifices, Art Nouveau architecture, examples of High Tech and many others.

Intended purposes of Kiev's buildings are also variable. One may see state buildings, 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 make you see the most fascinating buildings of Kiev.

Historical areas and localities of Kiev

Old Kiev Hill

The question of Kiev’s foundation is disputable. There are some contradictory versions about the formation place of the city. The official version, based on chronicles, tells that Kiev was founded on Old Kiev Hill (or Starokiivska, in Ukrainian). In ancient times, it was called just «The Hill».

Meanwhile, archeological researches of certain scientists give ground to affirm that the city's development started from Podil, an area located in the lowland of Dnipro River's right bank. Nevertheless, we can affirm that these two parts of Kiev – The Hill and Podil – are the oldest within today's city limits.

The third historical center is Pechersk, settled by monks in XI century.

There are many other interesting areas and localities in Kiev: islands, hills, and valleys, and all of them have their own history.

Monasteries and churches of Kiev

Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Called the Eternal City, or The Third Rome, Kiev is rich in various monasteries and churches. Golden domed cathedrals of Kiev solemnly shine under the sun rays. Their harmonic silhouettes against the blue sky make an unforgettable impression.

Churches, dominating the city with their graceful domes, form the unique image of Ukrainian capital. Today there are 53 active religious centers, 18 monasteries where about 800 sisters and brothers live, 106 missions and communities, 38 religious educational establishments with 5 thousands of students.

Sacred springs of Kiev

Wells with holy water in KievEverything in this world comes from the water.

From the very beginning, people beleived that sources located in holy places like monasteries and temples bring sacred water. An Eternal City, Kiev, housing so many cathedrals, has sacred springs, 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.

Pedestrian Bridge in KievBridges of Kiev

It is impossible to imagine today's Kiev without Dnipro (or 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.

Museums of Kiev

Museum of Nature in Kiev

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 very popular with visitors.

There are more than 120 museums and exhibitions in Kiev. City gouvernment promises to create about 30 more till the year of 2025.

Monuments of Kiev

Monument to Prince Volodymyr in Kyiv

In Kiev, one may discover a great variety of monuments. Old or modern, harmonical or awkward, dedicated to important historical events or joky, they all make part of Kiev heritage. Some monuments are parts of bigger memorial complexes. Some are park sculptures.

Monuments of Kiev incarnate the history of our land, narrate people who affected its destiny or just adorn our city. Please find the information about the most amazing ones.

Parks of Kiev

Chestnut in Kiev

Ukrainian capital is often called «a city of parks», and it’s not without a reason. The full surface of greenery in Kiev is more than 50 thousands hectares. Today, Kiev has more than 70 parks. They represent «green lungs» of the city, together with forests around.

Therefore, the top of one big tree can provide the oxygen for 200 people. Also, trees absorb dust and reduce the level of noise. The approximate concentration of dust in the air near the single tree is 35% less than in open space, and the level of noise is 4-5 time lower.

Parks of Kiev are the best places to relax. Sweethearts, mothers with kids, elderly people spend many time in our parks. Just married arrange photo shoots there. Kiev visitors are welcomed there, too.

Streets of Kiev

St. Andrew's Descent in Kiev

There are more than 2300 streets and places in Kiev. We don't offer to visit them all, but there are some streets you cannot miss.

You've probably heard about Maidan, or Independance Square – the incarnation of freedom, or Saint Andrew's Descent reflecting the flavor of old Kiev. These locations are filled with history and are must-visit.

Every piece of Kiev’s ground presents a history of the bygone years and today’s events. Streets and places of the city remember joyful, sad, or even tragic moments. They give evidence of different époques and adventures, about people's life in the past and present days.