Tourism in Kiev, guide on what to see in Kiev
Capital of Ukraine and one of the former capitals of the former Soviet Union , Kiev has much to offer the visitor. The Ukrainian capital is located on both banks of the Dnieper River and has more than 2.5 million inhabitants proud of the evolution of their country since achieving the longed for independence.
What to see in Kiev
- Plaza de la Independencia : It is the most important and lively square in Kiev. It is always full of people walking and, why not say, drinking beers recently bought in the underground passages (something you will not miss in the city).
- Khreschatyk Street : It crosses the previous square and is the main artery of Kiev. In it you will find clothing stores, some restaurants, ice cream stands, street artists and, above all, a lot of atmosphere.
- Kiev Pechersk Lavra : Also called Monastery of Las Cuevas, this huge religious complex has a history of almost 1,000 years. Currently it is inhabited by 150 monks. In addition to the various museums and churches it contains, the most interesting part to visit are the caves, where monks took refuge in the likeness of Christians in the catacombs of Rome.
- Church of Saint Sophia : With 10 decorated domes, Saint Sophia is perhaps the most beautiful church in Kiev. From the top of its belfry you get the best views of the city and the Mikhailovsky Cathedral. Some people (among whom we do not meet) compare this church with the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul .
- Mikhailovsky Cathedral and St Andrew’s Church : In addition to the above, these are the two most famous religious temples in Kiev.
- Statue of the Motherland : Huge statue over 100 meters high located south of Kiev. It is located next to the Museum of the Second World War and very close to the Monastery of the Caves.
- Andriivski Uzviz : Serpentine street famous by locals and visitors. In it you will find bars, restaurants and souvenir stands. For greater comfort, we recommend starting the visit at the top of the street, next to the Church of St. Andrew.
Other places of interest would be the university, the opera house, the Dnieper river bank and, especially, the parks . Kiev is a very green city and its inhabitants take advantage of it whenever they can, something that they also do in summer with its many fluvial beaches.
Still little tourism
Tourism in Kiev is still scarce and that is partly because visiting the city one feels as if it should not be there.
The biggest problem is the language , since 90% of the inhabitants only speak Russian and Ukrainian, few restaurants have the letter in English and, most surprisingly, even the subway signs are only in their language, so it is frankly difficult to move around Kiev.
Getting to Kiev is also necessary to visit Chernobyl , a place open to the public for a few years.
Pictures of Kiev
We leave you with a small gallery of photos of Kiev taken in May 2010 .
Plaza of Independence
Plaza of Independence
Kiev subway station
Khreschatyk street during a military parade
Kiev Caves Monastery
Church of Saint Sophia
Mikhailovsky Cathedral from Hagia Sophia
Statue in homage to the Motherland
Church of St. Andrew
Fluvial beaches of Kiev, a safe bet in summer
Lively riverside Dnieper