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).
The Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life of Ukraine is located outside the city in the village of Pirogovo.
It's an exciting place showing authentic peasant houses, wind mills, wooden churches brought from all over Ukraine and assembled at the museum. They date back to the nineteenth century and earlier times.
As far as I remember, the oldest house dates back to 1536.
The total number of edifices in this museum is over 300.
You can see blacksmiths, weavers, embroiders and craftsmen at work right there in the huts or in front of them.
You can watch them work and buy different things of great perfection.
The museum was founded in 1969, but received its first visitors in 1976.
More pictures here:Open Air Folk Architecture MuseumOpen Air Folk Architecture Museum
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!
The Chernobyl excursion, organised by SAM.
Very popular among tourists of Scandinavia and The Netherlands. But also Japanese people take part in.
It's not cheap, but if you go with about 4-10 people together, the prices are reasonable.
It's a full-day trip, including (totally safe) lunch in the afternoon.
You'll visit the exploded reactor with it's concrete sarcophagus, the abandonned village/ghosttown Pripyat, the site of contaminated vehicles.. You'll also get a chance to have some interview with people who again live near the reactor.
Very impressive tour.
You are not allowed to take pictures when you are very close to the reactor. The only place where pictures of the reactor are allowed is near the Informationcentre, about 100 meters in front of the reactor. The radiationlevel on top of the roof of this centre is 1.43 Sv.
More information (for example about bookings) SOON on my special Chernobyltourwebsite: www.jeoren.tk
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.
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.
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.
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:
the cave monastery,
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!
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.
This in truth is hardly "Off The Beaten Path" but just off the main road if you are walking from the Dinamo stadium or top of Kreshchatyk Street to the Caves monastery you can go through Askoldova Mohyla Park which runs in to Vichnoyi Slavy Park
Here or herein is the Mariyinsky Palace, Parliament Building, Askold's Grave Rotunda and spectacular views of the two halves of the city, here and over the Dnipro
She was and maybe still is the national heroine of Ukrainian language, poetry and literature. More than anyone else before and after her she has served the Ukrainian people to keep in touch with their native tongue.
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.
In 1961 Kiev was the select place for making of a movie that became famous all over the former Soviet Union. "In Pursuit of Two Hares" is a comedy by an Ukrainian writer who uses the set of Kiev for a story that plays in 1913.
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.
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.