In the year 1744 the Russian Empress Elizabeth
was visiting the home-land of her favorite Alexey Rozumovsky and
decided to build her summer residence here. She herself laid the
first symbolic brick of the new palace and church. A famous Italian
architect Bartolomeo Rastrelly supervised the construction. Now
the church-museum catches the eye of the visitors straight away.
Its beauty and the aura of history make the place a must for visitors.
Admission fee - from UAH 10.
The Cave Monastery was built almost eight
centuries ago. First mentioned in the Tale of Bygone Years for the
Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life
Near Caves, so-called because of their proximity to the Dormition
Cathedral. The caves measure 228 m in length, with a depth of 5-20
m. The caves were first used to house monks and later as burial
places. The unique geological structure of the soil and constant
temperature resulted in the natural mummification of some of the
interred remains. There are 75 burial niches in the caves, including
the remains of saints and political leaders. In the Near Caves three
crypt churches have been preserved.
Far Caves. measure 280 m in length and are 5-20 m deep. They contain
45 burial niches and three churches.
Besides these monuments, the Cave Monastery contains many examples
of civil architecture of the 18th-20th centuries and fortification
structures from 1698 - 1701.
To enter the caves you will have to buy a candle (UAH 0,5), museum
admission fees are from UAH 5,00.
The open-air museum is set on 150 hectares
of picturesque terrain on the southwestern outskirts of Kyiv. It
has over 200 structures moved here from various regions of Ukraine
or reconstructed on the spot. The museum has some 40,000 ethnographic
exhibits, including folk costumes, fabrics, embroidery, carpets,
ceramics, articles of metal, wood, glassware, musical instruments,
paintings, tools, household articles and the like. These objects
are exhibited both inside the cottages and other farm buildings
and in the permanent exhibition halls.
The museum organizes craft days three or four times from May to
November, when visitors can see blacksmiths, potters, coopers, weavers,
carpet makers and other craftsmen at work. On Sundays, choirs and
folk musicians stage concerts of Ukrainian music. Enjoy your time
- you can ride a horse here (US$ 10 per hour) and also have real
Ukrainian borsch in a local restaurant.
A unique place, which makes you feel as if you were living in the
Admission fee - UAH 3,00.
This fortified wall, defining the limits
of the city and serving as a protective barrier from invaders in
centuries past, dates back to 1037, the reign of prince Yaroslav
the Wise. When Mongol Tatars tried to break through the gates, they
did not manage and moved on to search another way to invade the
city. The place was restored to its present condition in 1983, and
it now serves as the Golden Gate Historical museum. The structure
is located in downtown Kiev, just outsite the Zoloti Vorota metro
St Sophia's Cathedral
Was built in the first half of the 11th
century to commemorate the victory over the Pecheneg tribe. Here
you will see portraits painted by unknown painters of the past,
will be able to read frescoes on the walls (the 11th century) -
people's requests to God, great mosaics (some of them were so unique,
that they were stolen by Nazis during the Second world war and are
preserved in German museums now). The cathedral preserves a sarcophagus
with the remains of Prince Volodymyr. St Sophia is rightfully considered
as the treasure of Ukraine and is protected by UNESCO.
National Opera House
Admission fee - from UAH 15.
Is situated at the crossing of Khmelnyts'koho
and Volodymyrs'ka streets. The beautiful exterior of the building
is supported by the impressive majestic interior design. The Opera
staff does all their best to satisfy the most demanding spectators.
See the ballet "Spartacus" with more than 80 ballet-dancers or the
opera "The Fair in Sorotchintsy" - about 100 singers and 40 musicians
leave great memories - you will be impressed by the creativity of
Ukrainians. The Ukrainian "Scheherezade" ballet is considered to
be one of the best in Europe.
Order the tickets from us - purchase including delivery - from US$
There are some special places in every city
that make it distinct from the others. Andriyivs'kiy Uzviz is an
integral part of the Old Kiev Preserve; once it was the shortest
way to connect the princely Upper Town with commercial Podil. Now
it is the Kievites' favorite place for outdoor fairs, festivals
and concerts. Travellers come here to visit art-galleries, shops
and studios. Only here wiil you see a great selection of innumerable
souvenirs, antiques and paintings! Be sure - you will leave this
place with many pleasant impressions and nice gifts.
Once upon a time this place (now the city's
main avenue) was a woody valley with a brook on the bottom. The
valley was called "Kreschata" (Crossed) and it was crossed with
ravines and paths leading from the Upper Town to Pechersk. Now it
is a street of restaurants, cafes, shops, etc. Many Kievites and
travellers gather here both on cold winter days and hot summer nights
to socialize, meet friends, have a rest and enjoy their evenings
and week ends. On weekends and holidays this wide avenue with chestnut-trees
on the left side is closed to transport - very often you can see
your friends and acquaintances among this huge colorful crowd, singing
karaoke, listening to musicians and gazing at clowns.
The reconstruction works finished in 2002
on the square profoundly changed the city's image. During the reconstruction
the Lyads'ky Gate was found right on the spot. It was the same gate
which was assaulted by Batu Khan in the 13th century, having lost
any hope to force his way through the Golden Gate. He managed to
destroy the Gate enough to allow his numerous troops to break into
the city. You will see the gate as a backdrop to fountains, which
gather people around. If you have a chance, visit the underground
entertainment center "Globus" right under the square, where you
will be able to have a rest from the noisy and crowded street.
- Pictures of Kiev