The icon of the Annunciation of Korsun, which was re-named the Annunciation of Ustyug in Russia, is an ancient pre-Mongolian icon from the Kyivan Rus era. Different sources say it was created around 1022 in either Kyiv or Korsun (modern Ukrainian: Khersones). The icon was taken to Moscow by Ivan the …
Monks have been secluding themselves from the world for more than a millennium in the caves of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where 120 mummified brothers lie in glass-covered coffins along the low, sloping corridors.
Kiev, Ukraine is brimming with culture and history and makes a great budget family-travel destination. We share a weekends worth of best things to do in Kiev, Ukraine with kids, plus where to stay in Kiev and the city’s best restaurants.
Through years of political upheaval and economic turmoil, Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, has remained a vibrant, engaging place to visit. For travelers, its food and culture rival the best of Europe at a fraction of the price.
Here’s more on why this often overlooked destination should top your getaway list.
Maidan: This square was the site of deadly protests in 2014 that ushered in the country’s pro-European revolution. It’s now a bustling tourist hotspot surrounded by shops, restaurants, an evening fountain show, the towering Independence Monument and the Instagram-ready I Love Kyiv sign.
Saint Andrew’s Church: This 18th century Baroque stunner by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli is worth a visit. Afterward, head to the nearby Landscape Alley, a whimsical sculpture park and kids play area. I dare you not to snap a selfie with one of the massive mosaic creatures.
St. Sophia’s Cathedral: The gold- and green-domed UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an impressive collection of original 11th century mosaics and frescoes.
Urban Dictionary defines ‘extra’ this way: “over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior, doing the absolute most.”
Extra. The word rattled around my brain throughout my time in Kiev.
With such a rich, fascinating history, this capital city of Ukraine has had hundreds of years to do the absolute most at every turn: their churches are the most ornate, their parks are the most artful, and their fashion is distinct, chic, and affordable.
The streets are filled with these ultra (some might say… “extra”) fashionable people. In short, Kiev is extra AF in the best way.
Eager for Tourism
All of Ukraine is open and eager for tourism now, but Kiev has the biggest airport and, therefore, the largest international presence.
That said, avoid Ukraine Air if possible. If Kiev does the most, this airline truly does the least.
Experts are positive about the possible inclusion of the Trypillian culture to UNESCO’s registry of objects of global significance. At the same time, they recognize that the UN does not have real levers of influence on Ukraine’s authorities in matters of education, science, and culture. The UNESCO registry already includes a general series of Ukrainian cultural artifacts, but some of these, like Kyiv’s Saint Sophia Cathedral, could be withdrawn from the registry due to improper care. Yet others, located in Crimea, are now under Russian occupation.
Mykola Iakovyna, the Honorary President of Ukraine’s National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), has said that UNESCO has full power to recognize which man-made and natural objects have universal value and merit their preservation for all humanity.
In celebration of receiving the 2017 Skytrax Airline of the Year award, Qatar Airways has launched global promotional air fares to show their appreciation for its passengers.
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Dublin is teeming with culture, charm and architecture. Home to poets, artists and novelists, including Oscar Wilde, the city is among the most welcoming in Europe, and offers exquisite cuisine and superb shopping. Beyond the effortless style of its monuments and buildings, Dublin offers breath-taking natural beauty in its coastline, countryside and mountains.
Every year, Europe gathers to embrace the love of music and song. Often with hilarity and sometimes with controversy, the Eurovision always gets people talking, and this year it travels to Kiev. If you’re lucky enough to be witnessing this tuneful extravaganza, then you’ll also want to check out the best sights of Kiev and what better way to introduce them to you, than with some classic Eurovision winning song titles!
#1 ‘Take Me to Your Heaven’ – Sweden 1999
The jaw-droppingly beautiful St. Sophia Cathedral is a must-see attraction with UNESCO World Heritage status. Featuring 11th-century mosaics and paintings that are over a thousand years old, you’ll be staggered by the history that seeps through every pore of this magnificent cathedral. An incredibly calm and spiritual visit awaits you here when you travel to Kiev.
The Lavra complex has a hundred buildings, including numerous churches and museums.
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Kyiv Caves Monastery) is Kyiv’s premier tourist attraction and stands on a hill overlooking the Dnipro River.
The territory of the Kyiv-Caves monastery occupies over twenty hectares and is located in the very heart of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, which since the 11th century according to the “Primary Chronicle” (the work of venerable Nestor the Chronicler of the Kyiv Caves) has been known as “the mother of all the cities of Rus”. The Lavra complex has over a hundred buildings, including numerous churches. On Sundays, up to ten Divine Liturgies are celebrated. While on weekdays, divine services are permanently celebrated throughout the many churches. Six ancient underground churches are located in the Far and Near Caves of the Monastery.
When it comes to sightseeing Kyiv has a great choice of places to see and visit. There’s lots to see and do in the Ukrainian capital. Stunning churches and cathedrals, magnificent architecture, iconic squares, monuments, musems etc.Today we will have a look at the TOP 10 Must See Attractions in the city!
When it comes to sightseeing Kyiv has a grand choice of things to do and see, catering for every age and taste. Let’s have a look at the 10 most attractive sights in town!
You need at least a week to see Kyiv properly along all its attractions, majestic cathedrals and churches, museums etc. Kyiv stands out as a multi-facetted city with unique chacteristics, history, heritage and regal architecture.
Today we will have a look at the facts and feats of Kyiv, the magnificent Ukrainian capital. Let’s get to know the 2017 Eurovision host city a little bit better.
Kyiv is the cradle of the Kyivan Rus Slavic civilization, and is a sprawling metropolis with a population of 2.8 million inhabitants. The city is built on 7 hills much like Rome and lies on the shores of the Dnipro River, the 3rd largest river in Europe.
The city covers an area of 800 sq km. The territory of Kyiv is divided into 10 City Districts. Kyiv’s roots go back to a span of 1,500 years, hence today the city has a rich historical heritage and legacy dating back centuries. Slavic culture was born in Kyiv.
How did Kyiv get its name?
Kyiv gets its name from Prince Kyi, one of the city’s 4 founders.
Back in 2014 we made a crazy journey over from Poland into the at war Ukraine. Unsure what we might find we discovered a beautiful harsh country with vast contrasts between the emerging modern state and the weight of the soviet past. We vowed to return and to head to Kiev, the capital city everyone told us was so different to Lviv. They weren’t wrong! Here we found the real modern soul of Ukraine and an effortlessly cool capital city that had such a different vibe to old and dusty Lviv. We found a place that made us question what we had already seen of Ukraine and one that also took our hearts in a way we never expected!