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City Guide : KievLocated at the north central section of the country on the two banks of Dnieper River, Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. Founded in the 5th century, it was the capital of Russia and Belarus throughout the history. Before the collapse of Soviet Union, Kiev was the third largest city of the union. The capital shown as the center of Slavic culture is the political, economical, educational and cultural center of Ukraine. The city is one of the most important industrial and high-technology centers of the Eastern Europe.
Tourist AttractionsIn addition to its Slavic cultural treasury, Kiev captivates the person by its architectural monuments recognized as the world treasuries, beautiful parks and gardens.
Kiev is a favorable tourism city with its world-famous and architecturally significant monuments. Constructed in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Saint Sophia Cathedral is the oldest church in Kiev and a World Heritage Site. Most of the mosaics and frescoes of the church are original. The gold domes and the bell tower of it are the baroque additions from the 18th century. Kievo Pechersky Caves Monastery is a mind-blowing complex of churches set on the green hills residing along the banks of Dnieper River. It is stunning to watch the golden-domed churches. The labyrinths of catacombs illuminated by candles are exotic and striking.
Mariyinsky Palace, St. Andrew’s Church and Golden Gate are some of the other noteworthy architectural landmarks placed at the city.
Kiev is regarded as a tight green city with amazing botanical gardens and beautiful small parks. State Botanical Garden and Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine are two of the most stunning botanical gardens of the capital.
Culture & EntertainmentFor centuries, Kiev remained as the cultural and historical center of Russia. Standing as one of the major centers for the Slavic culture, the city has a vibrant and diverse culture. A large number of museums and theaters are attracting enough for the art-lovers. The nightclubs, casinos and cinemas existed in Kiev offer a dynamic entertainment life.
The most significant culture centers of Ukraine are found in Kiev. The artistic accumulations of the national culture are realized at many art galleries of the city. National Art Museum of Ukraine, Ukrainian State Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema, Kiev Art Gallery and Museum of Cultural Heritage are a few of more than 60 museums to experience.
The city’s theaters have large repertoire of popular, classic and innovative productions. Ballet and opera performances are staged at National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Art-lovers are lucky in the sense that they are in a city of many theaters. National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Theater of Russian Drama, Bravo Kiev Drama Theater and National Academic Theater are some of the best performing art centers of Kiev.
Food & DrinkKiev boasts an endless number of restaurants offering from a great range of cuisines accompanied by comfortable atmosphere. The culinary culture of the city is experienced at most of the food venues spread over the city. Especially, the city center is filled with luxurious and expensive restaurants offering from the world cuisine. The city is home to many local and international fast food chains.
Kiev is popular by its local farm produces. The city teems with farmer markets. Besarabsky Market is the most famous one. You should absolutely taste Kiev chicken.
ShoppingAll the residential regions of Kiev have their own market. At these markets, you can buy all the local farm foods and a great many local souvenirs.
Megamarket, Silpo, Billa and Furshet are among the main supermarkets of the city. Each one of these centers is home to many shops and special boutiques.
Metrograd, Globus, Mandarin Plaza and the City Center are some of the major shopping centers from the city’s shopping world.
One Country Three Cities: Ukraine
GOLDEN-DOMED CAPITAL: KIEV
Its earliest traces of life going back more than 10,000 years, Kiev sits on the banks of the Dnieper River in north central Ukraine. Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, is the city center, and the 1.5-kilometer-long Kreshchatyk Street adjoining it is busy almost every time of day. This thoroughfare lined with the city’s poshest shops, cafes and restaurants is also alive with dance and pantomime performances. Churches with gleaming golden domes stand out on the Kiev skyline. A century-old funicular takes passengers up to the Podilska Hills, which afford one of the finest views of the city. And the Andriyivskyy Descent here is a fun-filled street lined with artists’ studios and souvenir stalls. We should hasten to add that the city’s advanced metro system makes it easy to get around.
Ice skating is a popular sport in Kiev, and many venues from sports halls to shopping malls have ice skating rinks.
HERO CITY: ODESSA
Pearl of the Black Sea, Odessa is an historic port city. It is also proud of having earned the epithet Hero City in 1945. Its famous steps, featured in the Eisenstein film The Battleship Potemkin, are the first thing that pop to mind at any mention of the city. At the top of the steps, which run all the way down to the harbor, rises a Roman-style monument to the Duc de Richelieu erected in the mid-1800’s. Boasting a milder climate than that of the country in general, Odessa’s beautiful long beaches are popular in summer. The city was entirely rebuilt when it came under Russian rule in the 18th century, and it’s not for nothing that the renowned Russian writer Pushkin felt he “had arrived in Europe” when he came here. Indeed, with its tree-lined boulevards and classical and Art Nouveau buildings, Odessa is reminiscent of Paris.
April 1st is an important date in Odessa, because that’s the day the city goes wild with concerts and other shows in the Humorina festival.
LION OF THE UKRAINE: LVIV
Did you know that the Old Town at Lviv in the far west of the country is on Unesco’s World Heritage List? Celebrating its 755th year, Lviv means lion in the Ukrainian language. One of Eastern Europe’s leading cities for education, Lviv is suitable for sightseeing all year round with its unique architecture and some fifty museums. The heart of the city is Rynok (Market) Square in the Old Town, where the magnificent 65-meter clock tower also stands. The environs of the square are a virtual open-air museum, boasting mansions, palaces and historic churches in an architectural diversity ranging from the Baroque to the Renaissance. Lviv Historical Museum in two historic buildings is also within walking distance. There are numerous cafes in the vicinity, all brimming with young people. If you like you can even take a spin by phaeton down the broad avenues left from the Habsburg dynastry.
The honey obtained from the myriad flowers that grow in the Carpathian Mountains is an elixir of health, and you can find it at the city’s Krakivsky Market.
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