Arriving in Kiev you at once understand that it is a very beautiful and green city. Located on the steep banks of Dnieper River, it looks very picturesque in any season of the year. 

As any capital city with a long history, Kiev has a lot of attractions. Kiev is often called the «mother of Russian cities». This can be explained by the fact that when the statehood of the Slavs was shaped on the territory of today Ukraine and Russia, this was a single state stretching from Kiev to Novgorod.

You should go to Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, sometimes referred to as Kievan Caves, Khreshchatik Street, and Independence Square, Sophia`s Cathedral and Gold-Domed Monastery of St. Michael (they are close to each other), Andrew Descent and St. Andrew`s Church. Apart from these primary sights everyone can find something to their taste in the city.

You`d better start your acquaintance with this wonderful city from its main street - Khreshchatik. Independence Square, which only several years ago was the center of revolutionary events, is now a favorite promenade of natives and tourists. From this Square to Taras Shevchenko Boulevard Khreshchatik retained the former appearance of this beautiful thoroughfare. In fact it is the most beautiful part of Khreshchatik.

From Independence Square you can go up to Sophia`s Cathedral, the main and the oldest church of Kiev. It was laid down by Yaroslav the Wise in XI century. On the square in front of the temple a monument of Bogdan Khmelnitsky is erected, and further up the street you can see Mickhaylovskiy (Gold-Domed) Monastery.

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra is rightly considered the most interesting attraction of the city. It was one of the first monasteries in Kievan Rus. It is located on the high bank of the Dnieper River. A full tour of Lavra requires at least half a day. You should visit the caves housing relics of orthodox saints, including those of the famous Russian hero Ilya Muromets who then became a monk.

All guests of the city like to have a stroll down Andrew`s Descent. This picturesque street goes down a high hill to the lower city called Podol. In XVIII century at the hill there was con-structed the finest St. Andrew`s Church. It was designed by the same architect B. Rastrelli who was the author of the most beautiful palaces of St. Petersburg.

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The Independence monument was installed on Independence Square in Kiev in 2001
Domes of the Assumption Cathedral and Refectory Church in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
The Assumption Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra was popularly called the Great Temple, the God-Created prototype of all the temples of Kievan Rus
St. Sophia Cathedral, built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, is the most ancient temple in Kievan Rus
View of the bell tower and St. Sophia Cathedral from the side of St. Sophia square in Kiev
St. Michael Golden domed monastery was founded in Kiev by Prince Svyatopolk in the 12th century
View of the Dnieper river from the high Bank of the Park Vladimir Hill in Kiev
St. Andrew Church was built in Kiev in 1754 by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli
Reconstruction of the Golden gate of the 11th century in Kiev
Trinity gate Church (12th century) is the oldest temple in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
The Great Bell Tower of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (96 meters) was the tallest building in Kiev for a long time
The hillside in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where the monks dug Near caves
The northern side of Independence square in Kiev is surrounded by monumental houses in the Empire style
Arch of Archangel Michael on the site of the former Lyadsky gate on Independence Square in Kiev
Monument to the founders of Kiev on Independence Square
Monument to Hetman Mazepa in front of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev
St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev was reconstructed in the 17th century in the Ukrainian Baroque style
St. Michael Cathedral in St. Michael Golden domed monastery in Kiev
St. Michael`s Cathedral was long the only one in Kievan Rus with a gilded dome, so it was called the Golden-domed
In the bell tower of the Mikhailovsky Golden-domed monastery there is a very rare instrument - a Carillon
Monument to Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who built the Golden gate in 1037
Yellow building of the International center of culture and arts on Independence Square in Kiev