7 Must-See Attractions in Kiev, Ukraine

1. Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Kiev Perchersk Lavra, also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, an Estern Orthodox Christian monastery that attracts many tourists in Kiev for its unique underground cave. Not only is it one of the most popular attractions in Kiev, It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the seven wonders of Ukraine.

Adopting Baroque Kiev Perchersk Lavra consists of a number of parts,  ranging from bell towers to cathedrals to underground cave systems and to strong stone fortification walls.

Please note women MUST wear a headscarf and a skirt that extends below their knees in the caves. The wearing of shorts and T-shirts is FORBIDDEN for men.

Website     |    Tel: +380 44 406 63 00   |    Email: kplavra@outlook.com    |   Address: Lavrska St, 15, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01015 |   Tour Duration: 3 hours    |   Opening Hours: 9AM-7PM April-September, 9AM-6PM October-March, caves 8.30AM-4.30PM     |    Admission Fee: Adults 50 UAH, students & children 25 UAH; without tour 15 UAH for all

 

[How to get there]

By Metro: The nearest metro station is Arsenalna

By Taxi

 

2. Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Maidan Nezalezhnosti With Independence Monument
Maidan Nezalezhnosti With Independence Monument

Located in Maidan Nezalezhnost on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion, it has seen Ukraine’s desire to be a true democratic nation against a formal Soviet system. Traditionally, it has been a place for political rallies. My friend also witnessed the Orange Revolution in 2004, and its spirit is still with the square. Furthermore, when Yulia Tymoshenko, a then opposition leader, was jailed, the square was painted with her posters and graffitis. I also spotted many graffiti on the wall, which I could see Ukrainians’ longing desire for the democratic system.

Address: Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine

 

[How to get there] 

By Metro: Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

 

3. Andriyivski Uzviz

Andriyivsky Uzviz
Andriyivsky Uzviz

Known as the Montmartre of Kiev, the descent is located in the old Kiev. This colourful street is popular amongst artists, musicians, and writers. When my friend Ksenya showed me the street, she explained Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian writer, once lived and worked here. Mikhail Bulgakov’s house is now a museum showing his interesting experience staying in Kiev. Recently, the street harbours bohemian spirit, which attracts many artists. You must visit the street and have a cup of coffee at an art-cafe while listening to the legend of the street.

Address: Podil, Old Kyiv, Ukraine

 

[How to get there] 

By Metro:

From “Pochtovaya Ploshchad”metro station, you can take a funicular to Mikhailovskaya Square, and then go down the Trehsvyatitelskaya Street until you get to the Descent. Or, you can walk directly to Andriyivski Uzviz from “Kontraktovaya Ploshchad” metro station.

 

4. Saint Sophia Cathedral

St Sophia Cathedral
St Sophia Cathedral

With building’s glorious golden domes, the cathedral was built for Prince Yaroslav’s victory in protecting Kyiv from the Pechenegs in the 11th century. The name of the cathedral comes from Greek word “sofia”, which means “wisdom”.  It is also best known for the first heritage site to be inscribed on the list of the World Heritage. The structure has 5 naves, 5 apses, and (quite surprisingly for Byzantine architecture) 13 cupolas. It is surrounded by two-tier galleries from three sides. Measuring 37 to 55 m (121 to 180 ft), the exterior used to be faced with plinths.

The cathedral, built in the times of Yaroslav Mudry, served as a social, political and cultural center of Kievan Rus, where foreign ambassadors were received, chronicles were recorded and the first Russian library, founded by Yaroslav Mudry himself, functioned. Having many original mosaic and frescos, it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Ukraine.

Tel: +380 44 278 2620  |    Email: sophia.kievska@gmail.com    |   Address: L24, Volodymyrska street, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001 |   Tour Duration: 2-3 hours    |   Opening Hours: 9AM-7PM April-September, 9AM-6PM October-March, caves 8.30AM-4.30PM     |    Admission Fee: Admission 50UAH for all exhibits for adults, 20UAH for students and children. Entrance to the Catherdral’s area costs 3UAH.

 

[How to get there]

By Metro: Zoloti Vorota

 

5. Saint Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery

St Micahel Cathedral Golden-Domed Monastery.
St Micahel Cathedral Golden-Domed Monastery

Situated in the opposite to Saint Sophia Cathedral, you can see the sky blue building, which is the one of the most important cathedral in Kiev. Originally built in the Middle Ages, the exterior was rebuilt in he Ukrainian Baroque style in the 18th century while the interior remained in its original Byzantine style. During the Soviet era in the 1930, the cathedral was destroyed. However, it resurrected with the Ukraine independence in 1991.

 

Website     |    Tel: +380 44 279 22 48   |    Email: archimandrit@ukr.net    |   Address: riokhsviatytelska St, 8, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601.  |   Tour Duration: 2-3 hours    |   Opening Hours: 8AM-7PM  |    Admission Fee: Free. Museum: 9UAH

[How to get there]

 

6. Golden Gate

Golden Gate Kiev
Golden Gate

Built in 11 century, the Golden Gate is a fortification and the main entrance to Kiev located near Saint Sophia Cathedral. The gate was a symbol of invincible Kiev that nomadic tribes and Baty-khan could never enter the city through the gate. It was damaged during the Mongol in the 13th century, but continued to be used. The rebuilt of the gate was completed in 1982 to celebrate 1500 years of anniversary of the Kiev city.

Website     |    Tel: +380 44 278 6919     |   Address: Volodymyrska St, 40А, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01034 |   Tour Duration: 1 hour    |   Opening Hours: Monday Closed. Tuesday: 10AM – 5PM, Wednesday-Sunday: 10AM – 6PM

 

[How to get there]

By Metro:

Zoloti Vorota station. The Golden Gate is situated right next to the metro station. Please note Zoloti Vorota means Golden Gate in Ukrainian.

 

7. The Motherland Monument

The Motherland Monument
The Motherland Monument

The gigantic titanium statue was erected to celebrate Soviet victory against Nazi Germany during the World War II. The statue is also  a part of the Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II. It was initially planned to cover the sculpture with gold leaf but later abandoned this idea and have chosen for sculpture the cladding of stainless steel. It The statue measures 102 metres in height, with it weighing in at around 560 tons. After the demise of Soviet system, Ukraine government attempted to eliminate Soviet legacies. Luckily the Motherland Monument was excluded from the list.

Website     |    Tel: +380 44 285 94 57 |  Email: info@warmuseum.kiev.ua   |   Address: Zapecherna St, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000   |   Tour Duration: 2 hours    |   Opening Hours: 10AM – 6PM

 

[How to get there]

By Metro: The nearest metro station is Arsenalna

By Taxi

 

Useful Information

Please click the below link for my journey to Kiev, Ukraine.

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