Kiev is Ukraine’s capital and largest city, and is situated along the Dnieper River. It is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, despite once being part of the Soviet Union. Its numerous art galleries, exhibition centers, gardens, and parks make Kiev a destination with some very unique attractions. There are plenty of hotels in Kiev from which to visit the following must-see attractions:
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St. Sophia Cathedral and Square – one of the most centrally located and picturesque attractions in the city. The cathedral was originally constructed in 1037 and features a massive bell tower that is visible from a great distance. It is also under UNESCO protection.
St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery – one of Kiev’s oldest and most picturesque monasteries. The cathedral itself is filled with numerous frescoes and mosaics. Despite being completely destroyed in the 1930’s, the cathedral and monastery were rebuilt during the 1990’s.
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – founded during the 11th century, this monastery’s Ukraine Baroque architectural style is a true privilege to behold and has lost none of its splendor throughout the 9 centuries that have passed since its construction. It is one of the most impressive structures in the city of Kiev and is known for its underground caves. The numerous domes of the monastery can be viewed on any given day from almost any location in the city.
Andrew’s Descent – St. Andrew’s Church, which is situated at the Descent’s starting point, named the Descent during the 18th century. The area is highlighted by 18th and 19th century architectural styles while permanent exhibitions of folk art, including paintings, line the streets for passersby to purchase. Souvenirs are also available for sale.
House with Chimeras – decorated with hunting and plant motif images of mythical animals, the structure features a more modern architectural style compared to other structures in Kiev. Built at the beginning of the 20th century by Vladislav Gorodetsky, the renowned Ukrainian architect who chose #10 on Bankova Street as its location.
Mariinsky Palace – originally constructed during the late 1600’s by the architect Rastrelli, the structure is located in a park that bears the same name. Some very solemn state events such as awards, official delegation meetings, and receptions are held in this palace which is often referred to as the “presidential” palace. The palace is currently closed for restoration but can still be viewed and enjoyed from the outside.
The Golden Gate – the structure marks the entrance to the ancient city of Kiev and was constructed during the same time that St. Sophia’s construction occurred. There were still some sections of the fortifications in existence during the latter 1600’s, but they were eventually destroyed and buried during the 1700’s.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti – known more commonly as Independence Square, it is Kiev’s central square. Once Ukraine had gained their independence from the Soviet Union it became the principal focal point and square of the city of Kiev. The name “Independence Square” came about as a result of this struggle for a independence.
Hotels in Kiev
Average Price: €66
Average Rating: 7
Kreshchatyk Guesthouse Apartments
Average Price: €85
Average Rating: 8.5
Hotel Premier Palace
Average Price: €260
Average Rating: 9.6