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Kiev – is the largest cultural, scientific and industrial center of the country, the place of religious pilgrimage and a very attractive tourist destination. It can boast for a long and glorious history full of heroic deeds and sometimes is called as “the mother of Slavic cities”, actually by right
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The art and architecture of Kiev are considered world treasures. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe. In the historical center of Kiev you can feel the spirit of the past everywhere. But Kiev’s most famous historical architecture complexes can be considere St. Sophia Cathedral with its outstanding mosaics and frescoes dated back by the 11th century and Kiev Pechersk Lavra featuring several monasteries and cathedrals (Monastery of the Caves). Noteworthy historical architectural landmarks also include:

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· the Mariyinsky Palace

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Orthodox churches such as

· St. Michael’s Cathedral

· much beloved by Ukrainians baroque church St. Andrew’s

· magnificent 19th-century St. Vladimir’s, one of the most beautiful temples in Kiev built in the 19th century to commemorate the 900th anniversary of Russian baptizing

· the reconstructed Golden Gate which date back to 1037

The main street of Kiev is Khreshchatik which runs between two steep hills. It is a wide boulevard with plenty of chestnut trees. Kreschatik got its final modern shape in 1837. It stretches from European Square till Bessarabia Square and contains many important trade buildings, bank departments, luxurious restaurants, hotels and exchange house. It is also the street which frequently boasts various protests and has been made famous with Orange revolution when it was home to hundreds of thousands of protesters. Many historic areas of Kiev, such as Andriyivskyy Descent, have become popular street vendor locations, where one can find traditional Ukrainian art, religious items, books, game sets (most commonly chess) as well as jewelry for sale

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Of course, you will enjoy all attributes of a megapolis too: fashionable restaurants, stylish night clubs, noisy bars, theatres, malls, crowds of people and streams of cars, cosy streets and crowded squares, metro, neon lights, etc. Kiev’s modern centers with surviving parts of the old city are on the hilly west, or right bank, of the Dnieper River. From the north end of Khreshchatik, Hrushevskoho Street rises southeast along a ridge to the Caves Monastery at Perchersk. Woods and parks cover most of the steep right-bank slopes. Everyone visiting during the summer will notice the abundance of parks in Kiev, making it one of the ‘greenest’ cities all over the Europe. Its beautiful landscapes, parks and gardens charm and captivate. The citizens of the city adore this street, and the guests of Kiev try to visit it and feel its charming atmosphere before exploring the rest of the city.