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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.

    binocular vessel in front of Rzhyschiv museum Museum in Trypillia
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    KIEV X-File!

    by arturowan Written Mar 30, 2011

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    Believe it or not, Kiev region has joined Puerto Rica in claiming a resident 'chupacabras'!
    1 of the most memorable news items during February 2011 was a report about smallholders in Kievska 0blast having suffered stock loss to a bloodthirsty goatsucker. As with the Central American nightstalker with a taste for blood, sceptics have blamed the feral dog population, driven franctic for food by another harsh winter. Proponents of the goatsucker theory, insist that the vicinity to the Chernobyl disaster area might have caused a mutant creature to have evolved - not so fantastic as it might sound! I have seen photographs taken by 0dessite anglers from a fishing trip to a lake near the reactor, of a crayfish they caught, with huge, multiple, mutated pincers...0n tv, a member of the militia held up as evidence what appeared to be a petrified wallaby - which looked sinister enough - though its protruding teeth in such a decayed state, were not fangs, but an example of tissue shrinkage. Even so, it does raise another mystery to solve - what was a non-native wallaby doing in the wild of northern Ukraine?

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    Darnitsa District

    by hunterV Updated Aug 5, 2009

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    The view of Kiev from the 20th floor of Tourist hotel where I stayed for a night. You can see the new districts, the metro and the flat area of the Left-bank part of Kiev.
    Tourist hotel on the left bank of Kiev (Left Bank metro station) is a 25-storey building with reconditioned rooms on the 20th and other floors.
    You can have a beautiful panorama of the city from its windows.
    Another view of Kiev from above. Tourist hotel, the 20th floor, suite.
    You can see the sloping bank of Kiev on the horizon. To the right is the metro line.
    You can get downtown very quickly from the nearest Left Bank underground station (the fare is 10c).

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    St.Sophia Cathedral

    by hunterV Updated Jul 4, 2009

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    St.Sophia architectural and historical state reserve is a monument of the 11th century architecture and monumental art. It consists of several buildings. This one is the 11th century cathedral.
    You can see parts of the wall with fragments of the ancient one.
    The reserve includes further the 18th century belfry, rectory, seminary, fraternity building, metropolitan residence, consistory, etc. There is a souvenir kiosk.
    You can walk along the paths admiring the 18th century architecture and visit the cathedral itself where you can see ancient mosaics, frescoes and murals.
    The main entrance to the complex is from St.Volodymyr Street, which is not far from Khmelnitsky Square and the monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky.

    A view of the cathedral A view of the cathedral belfry
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    Public Russian Banya

    by ultrasuave Written May 16, 2009

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    If you want the real Russian Banya experience, go the the public Banya on mala zhitomerska street, just 2 minutes uphill from the main square (maidan nezhalesnost), on the left side of the street. on the third floor there is a very old public banya. Costs 90 grivna...you can also buy birch "venik" on the street before going in.

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    Open-air museum of rural architecture

    by Peter_VIE Updated Jan 12, 2009

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    On the southern periphery near the village Pyrohiv there is one of the world greatest open-air museums. Traditional farmhouses, orthodox churches, wind mills... from all regions of the Ukraine are to see on a 150 hectare great area. At some houses handmade souveniers like painted Easter eggs are offered.
    To go there take the metro to the terminal stop "Lybidska" and from there take a bus or trolleybus to the direction to Pyrohiv. From there you have either to walk about 20 minutes or to take a taxi. For this trip you should plan one whole day. The area is like a huge park and also ideal for taking a picnic in an amazing surrounding.

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    The Forest Is Near!

    by hunterV Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Why not go for a walk to a real forest located in the far west of the city?
    The forest is in the village of Borshchahivka adjacent to the western city limits. You can take bus 290 from downtown or from "Sviatoshyn" metro station and get off at the turning to the village and then walk a mile, breathe the fresh air and enjoy!
    The air is great there! So fresh and enlivening!

    In the forest
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    Along Ivan Mazepa Street

    by hunterV Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    You will get to that street, if you drive from European Square along Hrushevsky Street. You will see "Kiev" hotel, the Chinese Embassy and other government buildings to your right.
    You will also see the stadium, parks, monument like the one on the picture to your left.
    This street leads to the Cave Monastery, the famous Laura of the Caves.

    The Bolshevik Monument in Hrushevsky Street
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    Yaroslav's Rampart Street

    by hunterV Updated Jan 31, 2008

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    This is one of the streets in Old Kiev not far from the Golden Gate. it is called Yaroslaviv Vahl in Ukrainian.
    You can see the reconditioned apartment houses dating back to the beginning of the last century.
    The ancient Golden Gate represents a fortified wall that used to surround Upper Kiev where the nobility, generals and rich merchants used to live in the 11th century. Rank-and-file people lived in Lower City located on the same bank of the Dnipro.
    Golden Gate used to be the main ceremonial gate of ancient Kiev in the 11th century. It was first mentioned in 1037.
    The wall served as a protective barrier to defend the city from nomadic tribes that often invaded the country. It was built in 1037 in the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The gate was called “golden” because all visitors had to pay a tribute passing it. The place was restored in 1983 and dedicated as a national historical museum.
    Golden Gate is located just outside “Zoloti Vorota” metro station in Yaroslav Rampart Street.
    The street itself is called in UKrainian "Yaroslaviv Vahl"

    Opposite the Golden Gate The Golden Gate, Kiev The monument to Prince Yaroslav the Wise
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    Pyrohovo

    by Robbie330 Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Pyrohovo, is the Museum of Folk Architecture & Everyday Life of Ukraine. Founded in 1969 by cultural workers & the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Historical & Cultural Monuments.
    Be sure to wear some comfortable walking shoes, as this site covers an area of approximately 150 hectares.
    Pyrohovo is a museum under the sky. Over 300 unique monuments - dwellings, churches, barns, granaries, etc. - are formed into historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. So you can step back 200 years ago into the Carpathian region of Ukraine, or step into a dwelling to see the stove, the textiles, the tables and the dishes from another period and region.
    On the day we went to Pyrohovo it was a hot sumer day, but as soon as we stepped into one of the small homes it was about 20 degrees cooler instantly.
    I wish i could offer specific directions to Pyrohovo...we went to the metro station Lybidska and got a bus from there to Pyrohovo's location (it's on the outskirts of Kiev). All i can offer is go to Lybidska metro and ask people for the bus. Pyrohovo is not the easiest place to get to, but is definitely worth the trip.

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    Babiy Yar - not only in Kiev

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 19, 2007

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    I was very suprised when I looked at map of Denver, state Colorado, the United States, and saw Babiy Yar Park. I though it was just a coincidence in names, but after some research I realized it was not.

    In 1970, Denver City Council dedicated Babi-Yar Park "--IN MEMORIAM--to the two hundred thousand victims who died. Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine, USSR--September 29, 1941-November 6, 1943. The majority Jews with Ukrainians and others."

    It is so nice to have a piece of native city somewhere on another continent.

    Babi-Yar Park is located in southeast Denver at Havana St. and Parker Road.

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    Babiy yar

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 19, 2007

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    On September 25, 1941 thousands of Jews were summoned by Nazi authorities to the corner of Melnikova and Degteryevska Streets. They asked to have with them their documents, valuables and money, as well as warm clothes, underwear. Those who didn't comply were threatened by execution. Thousands of Jews came thinking about Nazi's plan of relocation, but nobody knew that they would be strip down, shoot with gun machine and their bodies would be thrown into deep ravine. In the report by SS it was noted that 33,771 people were massacred. This was how "the final solution of the Jewish problem" was carried out in Kiev.

    The same fate awaited the Gypsies. Later this became a place for the execution of prisoners from Syrets concentration camp, members of the communist underground. The total number of victims was about 100 thousand.

    In 1976 an official monument in memory of murdered Soviet citizens was built between the Yar and the site of the Syrets concentration camp. Sculptor M. Lysenko.

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    The monument to Nikolay Yakovchenko

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    Nikolay Yakovchenko (1900-1976) was comic actor. Near him sits his dachshund.

    Yakovchenko played in Franko Theatre since 1928. He also had some comic roles in movies.

    The monument was mounted near the Franko Theatre on 100 year anniversary of the actor.

    Ukrainian actor, his dog and me
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    Loshadka (nice horse) on the wall

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    I walked hundred of times on Andreyevskiy spusk, but I never had pay an attention to that amazing paintings on the walls on the left if you are going down the hill.

    There are some pictures from "Master and Margarita" and other mystery creatures.

    P.S. On one of my last visits to Kiev, I looked for this picture and didn't find, so now it is just tip from history.

    Loshadka
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    Gorkogo street

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    This street is one of the longest streets in Kiev with Vasilkovskaya street (or ex-Krasnoarmeyskaya)

    if you walk along Gorkogo street up from Saksaganskaya street to Lva Tolstogo square you will be able to enjoy nice island on the road with trees and grass.

    Gorkogo Street
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