Seven gems to visit in Kiev
This is a year that will be a non-stop sporting events, and if we already have League champion and Copa del Rey champion now we have to know who will take the final of the Champions … As the same you are not very football fans and we know what you like, we discovered seven gems to visit in Kiev if you are not interested in football .
History, tradition, revolutions and religion, much religion is what Kiev offers you. The capital of Ukraine is full of orthodox trees and churches with golden domes, and giant monuments that commemorate victories. It invites you to enter underground in different ways and of course it will not leave you indifferent .
The Mikhailovsky Cathedral
Also known as the Monastery of San Miguel de las Cúpulas Doradas is a must stop if you are visiting Kiev. Its origin dates back to the eleventh century for some and for others is Ukrainian baroque. Be that as it may, in the 1930s the Soviet authorities destroyed it. The independence of Ukraine brought with it its reconstruction. Inside there is a museum that tells its whole story: its original frescoes and mosaics were preserved in the Cathedral of St. Sophia, in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg and in the Tretyakov Gallery , and returned to its interior when it was rebuilt.
Time after its demolition, the place where the cathedral was transformed into a sports complex, with tennis and volleyball courts and the Refectory of San Juan el Divino was used as dressing rooms. Let’s go to the part with the caption: if you visit the monastery, make a wish, wet a coin and press it against one of the four metal corners of the patio fountain. If it stays stuck, your wish will come true.
The Church of Saint Andrews
Let’s continue with more golden domes. The church of San Andrés is from the middle of the 18th century and in typical Baroque of Imperial Russia, built by an Italian architect. It is on a hill overlooking the historic Podil district . That location means that there is always a constant concern for the state of its foundations, as there are constant cracks and decorations have even been found.
Strolling through the streets of Podil is another thing to do: get lost in the cobbled places and perhaps buy in a street market with the faces of football players, politicians or famous singers or even anti-old masks. The descent from the hill where the church is to the neighborhood is called Andriivsky Descent and is like a sort of Ukrainian Montmartre where composers, writers, painters, scientists have traditionally lived … and still retains that bohemian air with art galleries mixed with tourist stores.
The Pechersk Lavra of Kiev
It is also known as the Monastery of the Caves . The beginning of its existence is dated in 1051 during the reign of Yaroslav the Wise. It is the oldest monastery in Ukraine and one of the holy places of the Eastern Orthodox religion . In 1990 it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, together with the Cathedral of Saint Sophia. The Tartars and the Mongols took it with him and from the seventeenth century it was almost completely rebuilt. It was a place of pilgrimage for it in its surroundings there are many Baroque monuments. It is essential to visit the clock tower and the group of Orthodox churches, but what attracts most visitors are the underground galleries. There are two labyrinths of tunnels, cells, catacombs, chapels, churches and niches that serve asburial to mummified monks .
Saint Sophia Cathedral
This Hagia Sophia Cathedral was built in 1037 to rival the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople . In addition to following the Orthodox cult is where kings were crowned, state councils and assemblies were made and was the headquarters of the first library in the country. Its bell tower is impressive 76 meters high and inside you can admire wonderful mosaics and frescoes.
Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti)
Maidan Nezalezhnosti , Kiev Independence Square is in the center of the city. Before it was known as the Plaza de la Revolución de Octubre, but since 1991, with the independence of the USSR the name was changed. Throughout its history it has been the setting chosen for events, including the orange revolution of 2004. Its style over the years is the most eclectic , mixing buildings of the former Soviet Union with mansions of the neoclassical era.
Museum of the Second World War and Statue of the Motherland
At 62 meters high is the viewpoint on top of this imposing stainless steel statuewith a facial expression that does not leave you indifferent. With the base it has a total height of 102 meters and weighs 560 tons. In the right hand he has a sword and in the left he holds a shield with the emblem of the State of the Soviet Union. Under it is the museum of the Second World War , where marble plaques with names of more than 11600 soldiers and more than 200 workers of the house-honored front during the war with the title of “Hero of the Soviet Union” are exhibited. and “Hero of socialist work”
Filled with controversy, there are still debates about whether it should be torn down and the material used for functional purposes . If you count on the fuel that the flame spends, it only turns on on important dates.
The subway, with the deepest station in the world
The Kiev metro has only three lines but a lot to tell about them. It was the third to be inaugurated in the former Soviet Union, in 1960, and its first stations are so decorated that they resemble the interior of the Orthodox churches. The station of Arsenalda has the record since its inauguration in that same year of being the deepest in the world , built at 105.50 meters underground. Going into it is like making a sort of trip to the center of the earth that lasts more than five minutes from the surface to the platforms. It is not surprising that many of its regular users feel during the tour or that tourists who do not know of their depth have vertigo.
We are left with these seven but we also want to advise other things:
- Stroll along Khreshchatyk Avenue , a boulevard with chestnut trees on both sides, with shops, restaurants, luxury hotels and an animation that catches you. Also on weekends it closes to traffic.
- Go see a show at the Opera House .
- Take the Funicular that connects the historic center with the Podil neighborhood.
- Take a trip to the island of Venetsianskyi (or Hidroparque) accessible by metro or car, and includes an amusement park, swimming pool beaches, boat rentals and nightclubs.
- A visit to the Besarabski Market , one of the most important farmers markets in the city where everything is neatly ordered. Each neighborhood has its own and the owners of the positions announce their product to voices.
- In spring you can not miss the National Botanical Gardens N. Gryshko , in full bloom with the air full of the fragrant aroma of flowers.
- And of course, the Olympic Stadium , which tomorrow will see a new Champions champion and in a couple of months will host World Cup matches.