Kiev is more than fifteen centuries old
Kiev offers endless opportunities to make your stay in Ukraine a wonderful memory. Travelling to this city might actually be one of the most pleasurable trips you make. Ukrainian lifestyle will be as interesting to foreign visitors as the capital's major attractions and museums.
Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine, its largest economical, political, educational and cultural center. Kiev is often called the mother of Slavic cities. It is more than fifteen centuries old. Kiev is built on hills overlooking the Dnipro River, in the north central part of the country.
In the 12th century from the birth of Christ, Kiev was one of the biggest cities in Europe. In the city there were more than 50,000 residents. Its monuments, architectural ensembles and cathedrals charm with their beauty, harmony and historical meaningfulness. The sights and attractions of the Ukrainian capital are covered with the spirit of old glorious times.
In ancient times, Kiev was the cultural and spiritual capital of Kievan Rus' - one of the most powerful nations of Europe X - XII centuries. Kiev is considered to be the main city of Kievan Rus', "mother of Russian cities", and according to the chronicle, the city "from which began the Russian land."
- The official date of foundation of Kiev is considered to be 482 AD.
- The central street of Kiev - Khreshchatyk street, situated between two historic hills.
- The central square of Kiev - Independence Square (famous Maidan).
How to get to Kiev
You can easily fly to Kiev from many European airports. Kiev’s international airport - Borispol (Boryspil) – is located about 40 minutes from the city center by taxi. Kiev’s other airport Zhulany is located about 20 minutes from the center and serves mostly domestic flights, and a few international flights to neighboring countries.
You will be picked up at the airport, no matter when you arrive. You will find a person waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. This transfer service is included in our packages if you use our agency for your process.
The art and architecture of Kiev are considered to be world treasures. The Cathedral of St Sophia, where the princes of Kiev were crowned in the years of Kiev's grandeur, houses outstanding mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century. The city has a great cultural potential. There are plenty of parks and places of historical interest in Kiev. The newer part of the city, on the left bank of the river, was mostly built after World War II. The hills on the right bank are crowned with churches and the remains of ancient castles and fortifications.
St Sofia Cathedral
St. Sofia Cathedral is the world famous historical and architectural monument of the first half of the 11th century. The cathedral was founded in 1037. St Sofia is famous for its mosaics and frescos by Byzantine masters that date back to the 11th century. Marvelous frescos decorate walls, pillars and vaults. Inside, the central part of the cathedral is decorated with large mosaic depicting praying Virgin Maria.Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. The cathedral is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first heritage site in Ukraine to be inscribed on the World Heritage List along with the Kiev Cave Monastery complex (Kiev Pechersk Lavra).
Kiev Pechersk Lavra
For centuries, one of the greatest monasteries of the Orthodox world stands on the hills of the Dnieper river - Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Kievo-Pecherska Lavra). It was was founded in 1051 and was one of the first of monasteries built in the Kievan Rus’. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is located in the city center, its golden domes rise on the hills of the right bank of the Dnieper river. This is a huge monastery complex with an old history, caves, alleys, beautiful curches and special atmosphere. A must see while you stay in Kiev.
St Michael’s Cathedral
St. Michael's Monastery - one of the oldest monasteries in Kiev. It was completely destroyed in 1930 and re-built in the mid-1990s in honor of the Archangel Michael in the Ukrainian Baroque style. It is assumed that Michael's Cathedral was the first temple with a golden dome.
Golden Gate - one of the few monuments of defensive architecture of the Kievan Rus’ during the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Over the centuries, through the Golden Gate in the city drove the merchants and ambassadors here solemnly went hiking princely retinue and went to distant lands the grand daughter - the future queen of European countries. In 1654 through them triumphantly entered the city of Bohdan Khmelnytsky.
Andriyivskyy Uzviz (literally: Andrew's Descent) is a historic descent connecting Kiev's Upper Town neighborhood and the historically commercial Podil neighborhood. The street, often advertised by tour guides and operators as the "Montmartre of Kiev", is a major tourist attraction of the city.