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    War Memorials

    by hunterV Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    Visiting the Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 located next to Kiev-Pechersk Laura (the cave monastery), you will see this statue called To the Fallen at the entrance to your left.

    The statue depicts a dying soldier and is the memorial to all the soldiers who did not come back from the front.

    The statue of the dying soldier at the entrance to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War is located on a small hill and is one of the most modern monuments to the heroes of that war.
    >>>>>>>>>
    Nobody is forgotten,
    nothing is forgotten!
    >>>>>>>>>
    - this famous motto from Soviet times lives on till now, too, and lots of people come to this place especially on Victory Day, May 9 every year.
    Another famous monument of that museum is the huge monument to the Motherland built in 1981.
    There is a three-storey war history museum in its pedestal.
    The monument to Motherland is very impressive and can be seen from afar. This monument dominates the right-bank hill of the Dnipro. It can be seen from the trains coming to the capital from the east.
    The National Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 occupies a huge area – over 10 hectares on the high bank of the Dnipro. It was dedicated on May 9, 1981 and is visited by lots of people every year.
    There is a three-storey war museum in the basement of the Motherland sculpture.
    You can also see memorials:
    Hero-Cities Alley,
    sculptural composition “Forcing the Dnipro”,
    the eternal flame called “The Flame of Glory”.
    There is an outdoor exhibition of war equipment and weapons,
    “Tragedy and Valor of Agfhanistan» and “At Other Wars” exhibitions.
    The address is:
    44 Ivan Mazepa Street
    (the end stop of trolleybus #20),
    the museum is open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily;
    the tickets to the exhibition are 10 UAH,
    excursion tickets are 15 UAH.

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    Sahaydachny Street

    by hunterV Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    A cool hotel near Post Square
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    If you'd like to see the 19th century Kiev, why not walk along Petro Sahaydachny Street in the Old Town.
    The street connects Post Square and Contract Square and can be reached by the metro ("Post Square" station or "Contract Square" station).

    There are lots of stores, cafes and restaurants, a casino, a night club and what not there.
    The street is also famous for its "Impressa" hotel, one of the most expensive in the city.

    At the beginning of the street you can see the monument to Petro Sahaydachny, a 17th century Cossack leader who was a field marshal and an elected ruler (Hetman) of the Cossack Republic.
    This old fountain known since 1840 was very famous in the then Kiev as a place of meeting in Contract Square that used to be the heart of the business life of the city.
    Now it's one of the cites of the capital.

    You can take the metro directly to Contract square from wherever you stay in Kiev.
    Enjoy the view and don't forget to drop in at "Corsaire" cafe to have a bite!
    This is one of the European style hotels called “Impressa” that is located in Sahaydachny Street not far from “Post Square” metro station.

    My American friend Michael stayed there, so I often visited this hotel during my stay in Kiev.
    By the way, there are/were projects of turning Sahaydachny Street into the second pedestrian presinct in the Ukrainian capital.
    The hotel has a German restaurant called “Edelweiss”.
    The hotel is at 21 Sahaydachny St., 04070 Kiev.

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    Guided Tour of the City

    by hunterV Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    Another chance of seeing Kiev sites is to take a two-hour guided tour of the city by bus.
    The tour starts from the square of the railway station.
    The first tour starts at 9.15 a.m.
    The booking office is located just opposite the railway station next to McDonald's.
    The bus has 14 (or more) seats and the tour will cost you UAH 50 ($7).
    You can also take your luggage with you and put it into the luggage compartment of the bus.
    During the tour you can see several sites such as:
    St.Volodymyr's Cathedral,
    Golden Gates,
    St.Sophia Cathedral,
    the cave monastery,
    etc.
    Visiting St.Florus women's monastery in Podil (Lower Kiev) is a part of the tour.
    You can leave the bus and walk around the monastery complex visiting the church and drinking wonder-working water from the well. They say this water heals every pain and helps get rid of the trouble.
    Mind you do not be late for your bus when you go out siteseeing!

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    Chernobyl / Pripyat

    by Roadquill Updated Feb 7, 2013

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    Chernobyl-abandoned ferris wheel in Pripyat
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    Tours can be arranged to visit the abandoned nuclear melt towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat. You must have not only a qualified, pre-approved guide to arrange and participate with you on the trip, but also engage the services of a local guide once you arrive. Just getting to the cite requires one to go through several check points. Once in the "zone" you can visit wooden villages that have been substantially reclaimed by the forest. Exploring the town of Pripyat is a highlight. Watching nature reclaim a town that was once the pride of modern Soviet industrialism is a wonder. Trees growing out of balconies. Abandoned schools, entertainment centers, hotels and amusement parks. There are very local areas that still have high radioactivity. The guides seem to know where most of these are and will point out a spot in the asphalt where the meters go crazy. As we left we were required to go through a machine to make sure we were not carrying any excessive radiation away with us.

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    Rural Existence - Living off the Land

    by Roadquill Written Feb 7, 2013
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    On route back from Chernobyl we stopped by and visited an elderly couple that still lived off the land for most of their needs. During our visit the old gentlemen was heating up some kind of brew. There was a hodge-podge of pots, pans, farming items, plows. Several acres of farmland were planted with various grains and vegetables. I don't think anything was thrown out.

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    Railway Station

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    Kiev railway station was reconditioned and rebuilt in 2001 to the tenth anniversary of the country’s independence.

    It was originally built in 1932.

    Now it includes a new building called Southern Station, new platforms and escalators leading to them.

    There are several bars and kiosks inside the station.

    If you pay $3/$4, you can sit in the comfortable waiting area on the second floor (do not take the escalator, but walk up the steps to your left as you enter the station).

    Taking a picture of one of the most impressive city monuments - the equestrian statue of Nickolay Shchors, a Civil War hero (Shevchenko Boulevard on the way from the railway station to the city center) - is also a must on your way to the railway station.

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    Animals from All Over the World!

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    At the entrance to Kiev  Zoo in Victory Avenue

    Kiev Zoo is a hundred years old.
    It occupies a vast area in Victory Avenue opposite the campus of the Polytechnic Institute (“Polytechnic Institute” metro station).
    It’s one of the places in the capital where you can find lots of vacant benches to sit and relax.
    The benches are also unique and represent different wild animals in marble.
    The Zoo area includes a large park consisting of different kinds of rare trees and shrubs, a number of exhibitions and pavilions such as ”Animal World” exotarium, “Bears’ Home”, “Monkey Home”, “Insects’ World”; attractions for kids, cafeterias and ponds.
    You can see animals from all over the world: bisons, camels, lamas, lions, tigers, even a cassowary from New Guinea, eagles, etc.
    You can spend the whole morning there strolling along the park lanes and exploring the pavilions and exhibitions, especially if you come there with kids.
    The entrance fee is 20 UAH ($2.5,
    the exhibitions charge extra 5 UAH.

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    The Afghan War Memorial

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    The monument to the victims of the Afghan war
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    The Afghan War memorial is located between the Cave Monastery and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 (Second World War memorial).
    This impressive monument is dedicated to all those residents of Ukraine who perished in that stupid war.
    I was impressed by the figures of the soldiers and the memorial itself.
    It contains the names of all fallen soldiers and officers who left for the war from different regions of Ukraine
    It represents the figure of a soldier and an officer who fought in Afghanistan in 1979-1989.
    The statues are surrounded by tombstones with the names of the fallen soldiers and officers and the years 1979 . . . . . . . . . .1989 at the entrance.
    The memorial was dedicated in 1999 to the tenth anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan.
    This place is included into most of the city tours in Kiev.

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    Modern Buildings

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    Modern apartment houses, Kiev, Ukraine
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    There are lots of modern and ultramodern buildings in the Ukrainian capital now, both office buildings and apartment houses.
    This is the view of newly built apartment houses in Pechersk district of Kiev.
    You can see the perfect harmony of the buildings of different styles.
    Lots of such ultramodern apartment houses are being built now in many districts of the city.

    The northern districts of Kiev are among the least discovered places of Kiev - near "Minskaya" metro station.
    If you cross Obolon Avenue, you will have a wonderful panorama of the newly-built districts and see this monument to Archangel St.Michael, the Patron Saint of Kiev.
    You can have a bite at McDonald's and then walk as far as to the Dnipro embankment and enjoy the view of the district and then come back to the metro station.

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    Leo Tolstoy Square

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    A view from the terrace of

    This is a very rare view of Kiev - from Leo Tolstoy Square located not far from Bessarabian Square at the end of Khreshchatyk.
    There is a metro station with such a name.
    The building with a clock (the third from the right on then picture) is the famous "Kiev-Donbass" business center with a prestigious 'Concord' restaurant at the top.
    "Donbass" means "The Donets Basin.)
    "Kiev-Donbas" building was built in 1996 (42/4 Pushkin Street).
    It's a luxurious eight-storey building where different banks and companies are represented.
    There are also offices for rent whose price is rather high: from $50 for 1 sq.m (all expenses included).

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    Near Bessarabian Square

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    Construction sites are everywhere...
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    You can see construction sites almost everywhere in Kiev now. Even in the Old City brand new apartment houses are being built and put into operation.
    I wouldn’t call these apartments very cheap.
    This construction site is near Bessarabian Square at the end of Khreshchatyk, the central street.
    Now there is a real underground city under this square, it's called "Metrograd".

    Bessarabian Square is an old city square located between several streets: Khreshchatyk, Basseyna Street, Velyka Vassylkivska Street, Shevchenko Boulevard and Steep Descent.

    There was a post station in this square two hundred years ago. The square was called Bessarabian because many farmers from southern Black Sea provinces used to trade at the market located here.
    The present market building is one of the oldest in the city. It was built in 1912.

    There are lots of modern and ultramodern buildings in the Ukrainian capital now, both office buildings and apartment houses.
    This is the view of newly built apartment houses in Pechersk district of Kiev.
    You can see the perfect harmony of the buildings of different styles.
    Lots of such ultramodern apartment houses are being built now in many districts of the city.

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    Contract Square in Lower Kiev

    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2011

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    You can see two other beautiful churches in Contract Square in Podil District (Lower Kiev).
    This one is called St.Nickolas Church.
    It's on the way to Flor Monastery, a well-known women's monastery in Ukraine.
    The Church of Assumption of the Most Holy Virgin only looks old, but was built, or to be more precise, restored, in 1995 at the place of the ancient church of the Assumption of the Most Holy Godmother that was built in 1135 and ruthlessly destroyed in 1935 during the Bolshevik inspired atheist campagne.
    (Contract Square, next to the Embassy of Holland).
    Another church in Contract Square:
    Church of the Annunciation of the Mother of God.
    This is the dome of the church of the women’s monastery in Podil (Lower Kiev).
    The domes of Ukrainian Orthodox churches are pear-shaped and the domes of Russian Orthodox churches in Ukraine are said to be onion-shaped. To which church does this one belong: to Ukrainian or Russian one? Can you see the difference? I can’t.

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    From Post Square to St.Michael's Square

    by hunterV Updated Apr 13, 2011

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    Cable car to St.Michael Square
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    If you go site seeing in St.Michael's Square and are going to the Riverside Station or to 'Impressa' hotel, it's better to take a funicular, or a cable car, that will take you to Post Square metro station.
    You can ride quickly from Lower City ("Post Square" metro station) to Upper City (St.Michael's Square) and back for 50 kopecks (10 cent) one way and enjoy a wonderful view of the Dnipro valley on your way.
    The car moves up under the angle of 36 degrees whereas the floor remains horizontal. The length of the railway is 236 meters, the height difference is 75 meters and the width of the railway is one meter. There is a similar funicular in Bern.
    The funicular was dedicated on May 7, 1905 and was called St.Michael’s Funicular at first.
    It was built on the initiative of the Russian engineer Arthur Abrahamson who had studied in Zurich and in St.Petersburg. He had settled in Kiev in 1882 and began working at his project. He had studied funiculars in Switzerland, the peculiarities of the landscape in Kiev and chose the place for implementation of his project. The railway construction started in 1902. His project partners were the railway engineer Nickolay Pyatnitsky and the architect Alexander Baryshnikov. The equipment was delivered from Switzerland.
    The funicular is usually closed for inspection in June.
    Nowadays the city residents and visitors of the city cannot imagine Post Square without the funicular.

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    Explore the ancient Trypillian culture

    by om_212 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Take a day trip outside of Kyiv to explore the ancient Trypillian culture.

    Trypillya civilization has been discovered by the archaeologist Vikentiy Khvoika in 1897. it has flourished on the territory of Ukraine between 7,500-4,750 BC. Some scientists, including Khvoika, believed that Trypillians were ancestors of all Slavs, others that they there migratory Arrata tribes.

    Trypillians settled along rivers, including the Dnipro midstream. They were traditional tribal agrarian culture. The Trypillia people, in addition to farming and animal breeding, knew metalworking, weaving and pottery. The civilization has produced a complicated symbol language, which was reflected on their pottery.

    The similar artifacts have been discovered in Cucuteni in Moldova and Rumania, so the culture is often called Cucuteni-Trypillia culture after the towns where finds were first excavated.

    For more info and directions, see my Rzhyschiv page.

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    The Secret Tunnel

    by om_212 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    if you are facinated with Stalin's military time, II WW or just looking for something unusual to
    do in Kyiv, this tour organized by Interesniy Kiev, a young enthusiastic group of Kyivites, is for you.

    the Secret Tunnel tour will explore the mystery surrounding the construction of the famous "Object #1," aka two railway tunnels under the Dnieper River, construction of which was started with Stalin's order in the 1930s-1940s.

    The tunnels were supposed to assure communication between the opposite banks of the river in case surface communications were damaged by air attacks. The supervision of the construction project was entrusted to the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party - Khrushchev, who prior to this project was in charge of the Moscow metro. This was the most secret and ambitious construction project during the Soviet times in Kyiv. The history of events, that could not be hidden are covered with many myths, guesses and conjectures.

    This is English speaking tour. the tour fee is UAH 100 ($20), which includes bus transportation, guide services, lunch box, snacks and drinks on the bus). you definately should register beforehand.

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