Kiev is Ukraine’s administrative capital, as well as its cultural and educational capital and also one of Europe's technological and industrial centers. If you’re visiting for the first time, the city's beauty will easily surpass your expectations, and it’s always a welcome sight for those returning, with its magnificent architecture and expansive green spaces. Among Kiev's most precious treasures are its UNESCO World Heritage Sites like theSt. Sophia Cathedral and Pechersk Lavra Monastery. Independence Square is a great place to sit and admire the city, while Khreshchatyk provides fantastic shopping and a host of trendy restaurants and cafés.