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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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    Vydubetsky Monastery

    by Dialing Written Oct 8, 2004

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    Kyiv, Vydubetsky Monastery

    Vydubetsky Monastery was founded by PrinceVsevolod, the son of Prince Yaroslav the Wise and father of Vladimir Monomakh, between 1070 and 1077. The monastery controlled the ferry across the Dnipro River. Many of the best scholars of Kyivan-Rus lived and worked in the monastery. Among them, chroniclers Sylvester and Moisey, made a great contribution by writing "The Story of Bygone Days". Only a few churches of this monastery have survived over the centuries. One of these is the Church of St. Michael. The Monastery acquired its present appearance in the 18th century when the five-domed St. Yuri Cathedral, Refectory, and Bell Tower were erected in the Ukrainian Baroque style.You will not be disappointed with your visit to this interesting site located next to the Central Botanical Gardens at 40 Vydubets'ka Street. Take trolleybus 21 or 31 from Kontractova Plashcha or bus #3 from Metro Druzhby Narodiv and go to Blvd. Druzhby Narodiv, near Paton Bridge, then take a short walk along Naddniprians'ke Highway. The white waals of Monastery will appear on your right.

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    Mariinsky Dvorets (Mariinsky Palace)

    by Dialing Written Oct 8, 2004

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    Kyiv, Mariinsky Palace

    Mariinsky Dvorets (Mariinsky Palace), 1750-1755. Named in honor of Czar Alexander the Second's wife, Empress Maria, this beautiful blue-and-cream palace is similar in style to the imperial summer estates in St.Petersburg. This building was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Empress Elizabeth's favorite architect, and built under the direction of Moscow architect Ivan Michurin. It's a lovely mixture of Ukrainian and Russian Baroque. Before the 1917 Revolution, the palace was used as the residence for viziting members of the imperial family. Today, the building is used for official state functions and is closed to the public. 5, Hrushevsky Street. Take trolleybus 20 to Mariinsky Park and then walk past the Supreme Rada (Parliament) Building.

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    Famous Kievians I - Mykhail Bulgakov

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    You know Goethe but never heard of Bulgakov? They have much in common. The great Ukrainian novelist Mykhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) grew up on Andrievskij Uzviz (in Russian: Andrievskij Spusk), and set his Civil War novel 'The White Guard' on it. Yet he became world-famous with his surrealistic novel "The Master and Margarita" that takes place in Moscow casting a light on the weird life during the early Soviet era and the contradictions of the Stalin times.

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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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    Twins of old and new - The Kiev railway station

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Arriving in Kiev from the west by train will be around midnight (according to current schedules). Your friends will pick you up and you will most probably not see too much of this impressive station. Only when you leave or go elsewhere in the country, this may evoke your attention.

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    Famous Kievians II - Milla Jovovich

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Milizta Natasha Jovovich, known as Milla, was born in Kyiv on 17 Dec 1975. Yet already at the age of five her family immigrated to Sacramento, California. Her stardom began when she was 11, being actress in the movie "Two Moon Junction" and entering the model business thereafter. Her career has included work for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and cosmetics giant L' Oreal.

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    Holy water

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    On my last trip a local friend of mine wanted to show me her favourite place. A place to find tranquility and ease of mind.

    You may ask me, why do you seek these places, why don?t you want to party and have some fun? - Well, I can tell you, I have lots of fun usually and I like to stroll the streets and visit restaurants and pubs. But there is some time when you should accept that you must cool down in order to regain your balance. Some people use to practise Yoga or Thai-Chi, some simply read a good book and others walk a forest and listen to the birds sing.

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    Famous Kievians III - Igor Sikorsky

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    A Kievian inventor and genius

    I have no idea if this name is common to you, at least to me it is as I have always been an enthusiastic fan of genius inventors to expand the knowledge of mankind to new dimensions. So did Sikorsky, who on 14th September 1939 gave the world the first rotary wing aircraft, better known as helicopter.

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    Pushcha Voditsya in Kyiv!

    by Lensa Written Nov 12, 2004

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    Pushcha Voditsya, Kyiv

    Great place to relax, built your fire, bake potatoes, swim in the lake and just enjoy the nature! Take a tram number 12 from Kontraktova Ploshcha, Podil. It's about 1 hour ride by tram, for only 50 kopiyok. You'll be amazed that nearly half the way this tram goes through the forest. A lot of times it's very packed in summer, but it takes you straight to the place. You can also get there by mini bus "marshrutka" or by car.

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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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    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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    Babi Yar (Old Woman?s Ravine)

    by Jasen71 Written Jan 23, 2006

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    Babi Yar

    Babi Yar served as a slaughterhouse for non-Jews as well, such as Gypsies, Soviet prisoners of war and even Kyiv?s Dynamo soccer team players who won ?Death Match? with ?Germany?s Armed Forces All-Stars?. According to the estimate given by the Soviet research commission on Nazi crimes, 100,000 persons were murdered at Babi Yar.

    In June 25, 2001 Pope John Paul II stood silently before a stark stone sculpture commemorating Jews and others killed by the Nazis at Babi Yar and then quietly recited ?De Profundis,? a Latin prayer for the dead.

    After the liberation and the end of the war, it took over twenty years (1974) to erect a memorial at Babi Yar. And when it finally happened, no word mentioned that most of the victims were Jews, since the Soviet regime refused to see the Jewish tragedy as such and maintained that Jews were a part of Soviet people and not a separate nation.
    Tablets in Russian, Ukrainian and Yiddish state that over 100,000 ?citizens of Kiev and prisoners of war? were executed here.

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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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    Man and pigeons

    by OlenaKyiv Written Jun 15, 2003

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    Man and pigeons

    This man sits on the area of Friendship Monument since 10 am till 2 pm as he told me. He feeds pigeons with special seeds (which he buys from money he has from tourists) and gives them water from bottles. Give him 2 grivnas and he will be glad to give you a chance to make a photo of you with pigeons sitting on your shoulders and hands. I was not so brave to do this :-) I worried about my cloths.

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