I have walked around this monument for a couple of times but never understood the meaning of it until I was explained that the figures here have nothing in common, are no family or decendants of "Olga" but are essential historical individuals with a particular meaning for either the city of Kiev or the Slavic people.
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Although this tip is not strictly Kiev-related, I guess most of you visitors to the city will enjoy finding it here, as it is on those pieces of art that are unknown to most of us, including me when I came to Kiev for the first time.
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Ukraine is situated in Eastern Europe and lies in the Dnieper River basin. The river devides Ukraine into two halves - appropriately referred to as the Right Bank and The Left Bank.
Neighboring Ukraine are the countries of Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. In the South Ukraine is washed by the Black and Azov Seas.
The climate is generally temperate or continental. Only on the South Coast of the Crimea, does a subtropical, Mediterranean climate exist. The average low temperature in January is -7C, the average high +19C, in July.
The area of Ukraine is 603,700 sq.km, the population is more than 51,728,400.
Fondest memory: Ukraine is home to a variety of nationalities: Ukrainians, Russians, Belarussians, Jews, Moldovans, Poles, Hungarians, Romanians, Tatars ans Greeks, are the groups that are predominantly represented.
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv. Kyiv occupies more than 790 sq.km and sits on the both banks of the Dnipro river. Its population is 2,635,300
Rather mor of general information:
Ukraine is situated in Eastern Europe. In the south, Ukraine is washed by the Black and Azov Seas.
The territory: 603,7 th.sq.km.
The population: more than 51 mln.people
The length : from the West to the East is 1316 km, from the North to the South is 893 km , the borders are 6500 km.
Far points : in the North is v. Petrivka (Chernigiv oblast); in the South is the cape Saritch (Autonomous Republic of Crimea); in the West is Tchop (Transcarpathian oblast); in the East is v.Chervona Zirka (Luhansk oblast).
Neighboring countries : Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia, Belarus.
Climate : in East-European flatland (95% of the territory) and in the Ukrainian Carpathian and Crimean mountains (5 % of the territory) the climat is mostly continental, akin to subtropical in the south of Crimean coast.
Annual precipitation - flatland - 300-700 ËË, Crimean mountains - 1000-1200 ËË, Ukrainian Carpathian mountains - over 1500 mm.
Air temperature: Average annual air temperature, grad ÿ is: January - -5C, July - +25C.
Fondest memory: Almost to the topic :)
The largest rivers:
Length on the territory of Ukraine (total length), km
The largest lakes and lagoons, sq.km
The highest mountain peaks, m
The Ukrainian Carpathian mountains
The Crimean mountains
On July 16, 1990, the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Act on the National Sovereignty of Ukraine.
On August 24, 1991, the Verhovna Rada proclaimed the Act of Independence of Ukraine. An all-Ukrainian referendum, held on December 1, 1991, confirmed this Act of Independence of Ukraine.
On June 28, 1996, the Constitution , the main Law of Ukraine was passed, according to which Ukraine is a Presedential-Parliamentary Republic, including 24 administrative regions and the Autonomous Rebublic of Crimea.
The National Symbols of the State are the National Flag, the National Emblem and the National Anthem.
Fondest memory: The National Flag of Ukraine is two equal horisontal blue and yellow strips.
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv.
The President of Ukraine is the Chief Executive and acts on behalf of the state. He is elected by general equal and direct elections under secret voting for a five-year term and no more than for five years running.
The Verhovna Rada is the Ukrainian sole legislative authority.
Evecutive power is exercised by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Main national holiday is Independence Day, August 24.
Many of us have been witnesses of the awareness of the people of Kiev (and Ukraine) sensing there is one more change to come after the declaration of independence of Ukraine in 1991 and the fall of the former USSR. On 22 Nov 2004, in an act of civil disobedience students of the Shevchenko University in Kiev stood up for integrity in the voting process after there had been evidence that the presidential elections had been massively manipulated. More and more citizens joined in.
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It is very difficult for westerners to understand the general "survival" system of Ukrainians in terms of income and living. Even though I have tried very hard to understand how people make their living this still remains a mystery to me.
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The most comprehensive reviews are at
www.5tv.com.ua (incl. video-reports)
Fondest memory: The final results of re-elections (21/11 and 26/12) would be announced/confirmed on January 9th, 2005. The solemn inagauruation of new President is being expected to be held in January 12-15th.
Favorite thing: ... that Kievians are eating caviar each and every day. Caviar is a delicacy in Ukraine, too, and may eventually be served when foreign guests are invited or as a gift to take it home for them. Yet you will most probably not get any second rated sort like in the supermarkets in the west. This will be the delicacy that you expect it to be. Definitely!
There are a number of webcams for curious folks to check out some Kiev places. Unfortunately the "refresh" command necessary for "life broadcast" does not work in these VT pages, so visit the webcam providers using the links given here.
(showing Mykhajlo Grushevskyj monument)
(looking at the south - new - side)
House of Teacher
(view towards Hotel Ukraina)
CAM travel company
(looking towards main post office)
Kanal 1+1 TV
Visiting Independence Square and enjoying the site of the Independence Column and the newly renovated square.
The locals have already nicknamed it Greenhouse for its glass-domed underground shopping malls.
There is an "underground city" full of different cafes, stores and shops to any taste.
The underground city is called "Globe" trade and entertainment center and besides cafes and a McDonald contains lots of stores and shops.
This undeground city was built in a record term of about two years and attracts a lot of visitors.
Fondest memory: Visiting the park located next to the President's palace called Maria's Palace (Mariensky Palace in Russian).
Lots of people including the locals have a vague idea about the origin of the palace’s name.
This building was designed by the great Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in baroque was built in 1755 as the Czar’s palace for Empress Elizabeth I.
It consists of three buildings: the central one with two floors and two side buildings on each side.
The palace facade is long enough, especially from the side of the palace park.
It is 119 meters long and its height is 16 meters.
The palace is distinguished by its lavish decor.
It suffered from the fire and was restored in 1870 on the eve of the arrival of Emperor Alexander II and his wife Empress Maria.
The palace was called in her honor then. It was the czar’s Kiev residence.
Such is the origin of the name hence the translation: Maria’s Palace.
For a long time it was not clear for me in whose honor the palace was called.
Live and learn!
the major discovery of the past weekend was finding locally produced, high-quality guidebooks on Kyiv.
Kyiv Top 10 - a 70-page illustrated guidebook, full of pictures and stories on the city’s most prominent places. Besides Ukrainian and Russian, it's available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Polish. Online price: 30 Hr ($6)
Touring Kyiv - a detailed 224-page guidebook on the sight-seeing places, with maps. Includes a lot of useful information, including places to go out and accommodation tips. It also contains basic language survival guide. Available in English and German. Online price: 60 Hr ($12)
you can buy them in bookstores across the town (the most centrally located are: Znannya, on 14 Khreshchatyk or Naukova Dumka, 4, Hrushevsky St.) or you can order them through the company's online shop (will save about 50% of the retail price).
the company also has guidebooks on other cities including Lviv (English, German, Polish, Russian); Crimea (English, German, Russian); Transcarpatia (English, Russian); Odesa (English, Russian)
p.s. unfortunately, the prices are steadely going up for everything, including books. the current(May 2008) price is 96 HR. but it's still cheaper than to buy in stores.
Visiting the Cave Monastery is a must for many locals, pilgrims and tourists here. We call that monastery Kiev Pechersk Laura (in Russian sounds as lavra).
Pechersk is the Ukrainian name fo Cave District of Kiev.
Laura means an outstanding and merited monastery.
The monastery is located on the elevated bank of the Dnipro in the area known as Upper Kiev.
Kiev Pechersk Laura (Kiev Cave Monastery) was founded in the 11th century.
It’s a complex of cathedrals and churches, the belfry being 96.5 m high, the highest structure in the city until the statue of Motherland was erected in 1982. The statue is 102 m high.
The monastery is one of the eight men’s monasteries in Kiev and is a place of pilgrimage of many Orthodox Christians in Ukraine.
Its churches belong to the Russian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.
Sauntering and window shopping in "Globe" Undeground Complex.
Fondest memory: You can visit this huge underground trade and fun center under Inpendence Square.
It's an ambitious expensive project with high prices now.
You can either have lunch or dinner at one of the high-end cafes or go shopping at its very expensive stores.
Visiting these two squares is also considered a must for visitors of Kiev.
You can see this impressive monument in front of the state reserve called "Sophia's Cathedral" ("Lord's Wisdom Cathedral").
This is the monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky, the Ukrainian Cossacks' leader in then middle of the 17th century. His Cossacks army was the first European force to defeat the mighty and snobbish Polish army in 1648.
The great Polish Kingdom could not recover from that defeat for dozens of years, although the Polish army continued fighting the Cossacks' army.
Standing at the foot of this monument dedicated in 1888 you can take a look of St.Michael Square and then walk towards it.
Archangel St.Michael is the patron saint of the Ukrainian capital.
He is represented on the city's coat-of-arms.