A must visit place for everyone. This huge complex of Cave Monasteries is over 1000 years old and is listed on UNESCO World’s Heritage List.
Since the foundation, it’s been the very center of Eastern Orthodox Church in that part of the world. The monasteries are incredibly beautiful, with golden domes that shine in the sun.
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
The Museum is located just next to the Pechersk Lavra but is like from another world.
The complex is a memorial commemorating the German-Soviet war and it was opened in the current location on 9th May 1981.
This must have been the most surreal place I’ve ever visited.
It’s a park full of war machines: tanks, cars, planes. There are also huge Soviet monuments and the Soviet war songs used to be played in the background.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Khreshchatyk street
Let’s stay in the post-Soviet spirit. Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) is the very center of Kiev and the place where the main events in the city happen.
Saint Sophia’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
When looking at Maidan Nezalezhnosti from the viewing platform you can spot golden domes in the back.
These belong to Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, the oldest church in Kiev that is also on UNESCO World Heritage List.
The complex isn’t as big as Pechersk Lavra but consists quite a few buildings, among them, are the Cathedral, Bell Tower or the high school.
This unique place got its name from Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and is of such an outstanding beauty too.
Andriyivskyy Descent and Podil
This part of Ukrainian capital feels like a small town and not a huge city.
It’s the area where Kiev’s artists used to live and places like Mikhail Bulgakov’s house are located. Probably that’s why it’s often called “Montmartre of Kiev”.
It’s best to see the area from the surrounding hills and Zamkova Hora that offer spectacular views or this colorful part of the city.