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    Globe Undeground Complex

    by hunterV Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Independence Column, Kiev Independence Column, Kiev
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    Sophia's Square and St.Michael's Square

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    Fondest memory: 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.

    Khmelnitsky monument
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    Independence Square

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Have a good time walking about Independence Square!
    The Square is, so to say, devided by Khreshchatyk Street into two halves.
    This is the view of the second half where the 62-meters-high Independence Column is located.
    Behind the column you can see a glass wall of the underground trade center called Globe.
    You can also climb the glass wall using stairs and have another view of the square from above.

    Fondest memory: Exploring Globe trade and entertainment center.

    Independence Square Mother Ukraine statue, top of Independence Column Independence Square view, Kiev World Clock and Distances Independence Square monuments
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    A nation of culture

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Ukrainians and Russians tend to value all kinds of cultural events very high. But this is not restricted to serious classical or traditional themes. The range spans from opera, ballet, rock and folklore concerts to experimental drama, professional puppet theatre, improvisation, comedy and more.

    I also noticed that Ukrainians and Russians are very well read in serious literature and even take interest in original versions of foreign literature if they only slightly know the language.

    With this tip I focus on theatrical and musical arts only. This is not a closed list but will be complemented whenever I find a new clue and can give a brief description.

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    Performance in the National Taras Shevchenko Opera
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    Confusion on the Metro

    by Bobek Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: For your orientation on the Kiev metro lines it is advantagous to make yourself familiar with the general setup and naming conventions of east European subway systems. Details can be found under

    "Confusion on the Metro" in the transportation tips category.

    Simplified figure of the Kiev metro system
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    An online map recommendation

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Obviously good street maps about Kiev are hard to get, even if you search the internet you might spend hours to find something useful.

    I was lucky to find a precise and readable interactive map (Latin or Cyrillic letters) that really goes down to naming of the streets and house numbers.

    And here is the link: Kiev Online Map

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    Cutout of screenshot from Kiev streetmap
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    Another Dnipro View

    by hunterV Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: If you get to the Cave Monastery located in Hrushevsky Street on the elevated bank of the Dnipro, you can have a nice view of the new city districts located at the opposite bank.
    This district on the left bank is called "Darnitsa" and it consists of dozens of multi-storeyed apartment houses.
    You can also see several bridges standing there in the area of the new cathedral of the Cave Monastery.

    Another Dnipro view A view of the new districts from Cave Monastery A view of the Dnipro A view from a Dnipro bridge A morning view of the left-bank districts
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    "Slavutich" ("Great River") Beer

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    Favorite thing: *** Tasting Kiev beer.
    The picture was taken at a bar of "Slavutich' brewery, a very popular beer sort that makes you forget your problems, for a while at least.

    *** Attending a concert of modern pop/rock music.
    There are lots of big boards in the city and advertisements near Ukraina music hall where you can choose a concert or a show. This ad invites you to a concert of a famous Russian pop star Valery Leontyev who used to live in Luhansk, too.

    Nice beer! Fancy some pop music in Kiev? Leo Tolstoy Square in downtown Kiev Kiev Metro scheme
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    Patron Saint of the City

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Archangel St.Michael, the patron saint of Kiev, is represented on the city's coat-of-arms as the oldest city symbol.
    So you can safely congratulate the Kievites on St.Michael's Day!
    No wonder Kiev and Edinburgh are twin-cities.
    Archangel St.Michael is the patron saint of Scotland, too.
    You can see Archangel St.Michael's Gate with the statue of the Archangel in Independence Square.

    Fondest memory: Exploring the sites of the ten diverse city districts using the underground.
    The city consists of ten administrative districts.
    Here are their names:
    - Podil District (Lower City District);
    - Obolon District
    - Shevchenko District
    - Soloma (Straw) District
    - Desna District
    - Svyatoshyn District
    - Pechera (Cave) District
    - Darnitsa District
    - Holossiy District .
    Caves District, Obolon District and Shevchenko District have often been pronounced the best city districts as to the organization of public services and amenities.

    Statue of Archangel St.Michael, Independence Sq. City's coa-of-arms St.Michael's statue, Independence Square Independnce Square with Independence Column World Distances Column, Independence Square
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    The Dnipro View

    by hunterV Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Enjoying the wonderful views of the River Dnipro from the observation platform of Friendship Park located next to European Square.
    You can see the Friendship Arch dedicated in 1983 as a symbol of the Ukrainian-Russian friendship.
    There is an amphitheater next to the arch where you can see concerts on holidays.

    Fondest memory: Walking downtown and admiring the beautiful architecture, statues and avenues.

    Friendship Arch, Kiev Another good river view is from St.Volodymyr Hill A view of Trukhaniv Island from  Friendship Arch A view of the Lower Kiev from Friendship Arch Friendship Arch, Kiev
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    European Square

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Favorite thing: This square looks very modern and attractive to me.
    It it hosts lots of concerts and rallies on weekends.
    The white building is the the Ukrainian House National Cultural Center
    - the republican exhibition, cultural and business center.
    There is the flag of the European Union at the entrance.
    It was solemnly hoisted there along with the Ukrainian one about ten years ago.
    The square is a kind of meeting point of the city visitors.

    Fondest memory: A stroll or a drive along Mykhailo Hrushevsky Street.
    You can see the building of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers located next to Dnipro Hotel at 12 Hrushevsky Street.
    This impressive semicircular edifice was built in 1936-1938 by architects I.A.Fomin and P.Abrossimov.
    Its central part consists of ten floors and its side parts consist of eight and seven floors each.
    Splendid Corinth columns evenly divide the building into several parts.
    The construction team worked in the best traditions of the Soviet VIP architecture and used the best construction materials: Tulchin labradorite and polished granite for the building.

    The Ukrainian House
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    The Dnipro Embankment

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    Fondest memory: Driving and walking along this busy embankment that is always full of traffic and people.
    You can just drive along the embankment enjoying the huge speed or walk visiting the nearby cafes and restaurants such as "Poseidon" or "River Palace" if you are tired or thirsty.
    The views are spectacular, especially when the weather is fine.
    There is an area called Venice Bay.
    It is located on the left bank of the Dnipro opposite the Cave Monastery, three kilometers down the River Terminal. The bay is located on the territory of Hydropark. It is one kilometer long. It is located perpendicular to the river.
    Before 1917 the area was called Venice.

    The Dnipro Embankment The Dnipro Embankment The pedestrian bridge across the Dnipro This is where the pedestrian bridge leads to An island on the River Dnipro, a train photo
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    To the Friendship Arch

    by hunterV Updated Feb 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This is the way to the Friendship Arch in winter.
    I would say it's a popular spot of the capital.
    There is an amphitheater and an observation platform there.
    Besides, you can sit at a bistro and have a snack and a cup of tea there.
    Have fun!

    To Friendship Arch in winter Friendship monument at Friendship Arch Friendship Arch, Kiev A view of Trukhaniv Island from Friendship Arch A view of Lower Kiev from Friendship Arch
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    General Information (1)

    by socrates_07 Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Ukrainian flag is composed of two equal horizontal of azure and golden yellow colors. It represents ripe wheat growing under the blue sky.

    To enter Ukraine, a visa is needed for all non-Ukrainian citizens except the CIS citizens and persons with diplomatic or spezial passports of the countries that have appropriate agreements with Ukraine.
    The best and cheapest way to obtain a visa is through the Ukrainian consulate or embassy in your country prior the departure.
    Entering or leaving Ukraine you may proceed either through the Green or Red custom corridor. Save all documents you receive and fill out going through customs - you will need this to leave the country.

    Red corridor - for people carring goods or cash that must be declared.

    Any prohibited items
    More than $1,000 and 85 hryvnyas in cash
    Personal jewelry which value exeeds $ 240
    More than one liter of alcoholic beverages
    More than 200 gram of tobacco products

    Green corridor - for people who don?t have any goods to declare.

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    History of Kiev (1)

    by socrates_07 Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The History of Kiev:

    Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe.

    The oldest human trances on the territory of Kiev date from the late Paleolithic period. Traces of Neolithic Trypilian culture settlements are numerous, as are those of the Iron and Bronze ages. Excavated Roman coins and burial grounds of the 2nd-4th centuries AD show that Kiev was already a large settlement and important trading locus at that time.

    According to the Rus Primary Chronicle, the founders of Kiev were the brother's tribe, and the city was named after the eldest, Kyi. The memory of the other two brothers has been preserved in the names of the hills --Shchekavytsia and Khorevytsia - and in the names of the early 6th century, and in 1982 its 1,500th anniversary was officially celebrated.

    During the reign of Vladimir the Great, Kiev consisted of two parts - the fortified Upper City, and Podil, the lower part. In the upper part of the city lived the prince and his retainers - the boyars and the prince's bodyguard. Podil was inhabited by artisans, fishermen and merchants.

    At this time the construction of brick buildings decorated with wall painting and mosaics was begun in Kiev. During the reign of Yaroslav the Wise three gates led to the city; the remains of only one of them, the brick Golden Gates, have come down to us.

    Considerable progress was noted in the development of Ruculture the center of which was Kiev. It was during this period that the first schools and rich citizens:
    original literature appeared; the composition of chronicles began. During the 11-12th cc. Remarkable models of ancient architecture were created in Kiev, mostly churches and monasteries.

    Askold's tomb in Kiev. 1846

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