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    Golden Gate

    by Dialing Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    Kyiv Golden Gate

    In the first half of the 11th century, the nomadic Pecheneg tribe began to attack the Ukrainian populace living in the border regions of the Ukrainian state of Kyivan Rus. And, in the year 1036, the Pechenegs approached Kyiv itself, stopping just before the city ramparts. It is said that the Ukrainian sovereign of Kyivan Rus at that time, King Yaroslav the Wise, was extremely distressed at seeing this enemy encampment just outside his great city. Knowing it would not be an easy task to rout the Pechenegs, it is said that he prayed fervently to the Blessed Virgin Mary, promising her that he would build a church in her honor if he obtained victory in the difficult battle ahead.

    There was indeed a fierce battle for possession of the city of Kyiv; but, though the military might of the Pechenegs was great, King Yaroslav inflicted a devastating blow upon the army of the Pechenegs and virtually drove them off Ukrainian soil.

    Since it would also be necessary to protect this new part of the city with walls and ramparts, King Yaroslav ordered the construction of new fortifications. And, through these new walls and ramparts, he also ordered the construction of a strong main gateway - the Golden Gates.

    The church was ornamented with frescos, ceramics and woodcarvings. The gate itself was reinforced and decorated with metal. The entranceway could be closed off with heavy doors of oak panels bound together with sheets of gilded copper. The arch itself was crowned with notches and semicircular niches, an architectural feature peculiar to the architecture of Kyivan Rus. Outside, the structure was girded by a deep moat spanned by a drawbridge.

    The remains of the Golden Gates of Kiev one of Ukraine's oldest surviving historical monuments stand in a small public park at the corner of Volodymyrska

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    Zoloti Vorota - The Golden Gate

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Zoloti Vorota was the impressive building in Kiev that literally struck me down when I first saw it. On that day I left the metro station of the same name and a friend expected me outside. This was on my very first trip to Kiev when I still felt a bit helpless regarding language and new environment. And then I suddenly became aware of this enormous gate, saw its golden dome reflecting the winter sun. Wow! I had never expected to find such an extraordinary and lovely piece of architecture right in the midst of a crowded square; I always thought this was something for a museum. But Kievs Golden Gate is obviously too big for a museum.

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    Golden Gate

    by socrates_07 Written Aug 25, 2003

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    This fortified wall, defining the limits of the city and serving as a protective barriere from invaders in the centures past dates back to 1037, the reign of Prince Yaroslave the Wise. The place was restored to its presend condition in 1983 and now serves as a Golden Gate historical museum. The structure is located in downtown Kyiv, just outside the Zoloti Vorota metro station.

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    The Golden Gate - Zoloti Vorota

    by Paisleypaul Written Dec 31, 2006

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    Another port of call on your walk through the city, near St Sophia's and near Kreshchatyk Street, is the Golden Gate.

    The 11th century original, the ancient gateway to the walled city, was destroyed in thethirteenth century Ages during the Mongol sacking of Kyiv - what you see is a replica dating all the way bak to .........1982 !

    Unfairly described as 'not nearly as good as it sounds' it is certainly not too grandiose (i.e. short on gold!) but still worth a look, it is not out of the way at all.

    The statue at the other side is of Yaroslav the Great who later defended Kyiv successfully

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    The Golden Gate

    by iwys Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    This magnificent gate is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is a massive brick and timber structure and resonates with the sound of Mussorgsky's "The Great Gate of Kiev", from Pictures at an Exhibition.

    The gate dates back to the 11th century, but it was largely reconstructed in the twentieth century. This gateway was one of three constructed by Yaroslav the Wise, Prince of Kiev, in the mid-eleventh century. It was reputedly modelled on the Golden Gate of Constantinople, from which it took its name. In 1240 it was partially destroyed by Batu Khan's Golden Horde. It remained as a gate to the city through the eighteenth century, until it gradually fell into ruins.

    In 1832 the ruins were excavated and an initial survey for their conservation was undertaken. Further works in the 1970s added an adjacent pavilion, housing a museum of the gate.
    In 1982, the gate was completely reconstructed for the 1500th anniversary of Kiev, although there was no solid evidence as to what the original gate looked like. Some local historians have called for this reconstruction to be demolished and for the ruins of the original gate to be revealed. Personally, I found it very impressive and wish I hadn't known about that last part

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    Golden Gate

    by Roadquill Written Jul 11, 2012

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    At the top of the town near the center is the rebuilt Golden Gate of Kiev, built upon the ruins of where one of the old gates of entry stood. As recently as thirty years ago this was nothing more than a pile of rubble and the local kids would play hide and seek.

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    UPPER CITY: Golden Gate

    by hydronetta Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    An impressive structure, Golden Gate served as the main entrance to the city in older times. Above the enormous arch lies the Blagoveshenskiy church with its golden dome (maybe that's where it took its name from).
    The gate unfortunately was gradually destroyed and left into ruins. But in 1982 it was reconstructed. Someone can still the original ruins hidden under the new structure.
    On the western side there is a statue of Prince Yaroslav the Wise sitted with a model of St.Sothia on his hand

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    Zoloti Vorota, or the Golden Gate.

    by Askla Updated Dec 12, 2012

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    There is different info about when the Golden Gate was built but it stems from the days of Yaroslav the Wise (1019 - 1054) and was mentioned in the chronicles for the first time in 1037. It is the only remaining part of the old city defence system. It served as the main entrance into town up to the 18th century but at that time it was in quite a bad state. In 1832 there was made a decision to preserve it, and in 1970 there was created a museum to the history of the Golden Gate. The museum was from the beginning located in a pavilion next to the gate but after the reconstruction works in 1983 it was moved into the building itself.
    There is also confusing info whether the gate was damaged or not by the Mongols! One source I have read says it was largely destroyed when the Mongols sacked Kiev in 1240. Another source says that it proved its value: when the Tartar Mongols besieged the city, they did not try to storm the Golden Gate, and broke through the wall at the Lyadski Gate instead. I don't know - was it destroyed and rebuilt, or not damaged at all?? Somebody out there who can give an accurate answer?

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    Golden Gate - Real piece of Kiev

    by olgaehr Written Dec 10, 2007

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    Easy access from subway at the stop called "Golden Gate".

    The gate of course is not golden, more pinkish-red. It served as one of the entrances to old Kiev and was connected to log city walls (which are no longer there).

    The entrance is constantly under renovations and there are way too many tourists to fight with for one picture.

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    Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate)

    by Enzyme_X Updated Jan 14, 2006

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    This is a 1982 reconstruction of the main gait to the medieval Kiev. It is built in the same place as the original one, than was errected in 1037 during the rule of Yaroslav the Wise, but was almost completely destroyed in 124o during a mongol invasion.
    The gate was a copy of Constantinopel's (today Instanbul) Golden Gate (hance the name). With it's ramparts the gate looks really impressive. I wonder how it looked with the rest of the defensive wall.

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    Golden Gate

    by Pomocub Written Sep 10, 2012

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    The Golden Gate or Zoloti Vorota is the historic gateway into the ancient fortress of Kyiv and is one of main attractions and landmarks in the city. Originally built in and around 1017 the gates were re-constructed in 1982.

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    Goldent Gate

    by Chamsa Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Built by Yaroslav in 1037 the Golden Gate and the Church of the Annunciation which was built over it was destroyed during Batyi Khan's invasion. In 1832 archaeologists discovered the remains. Its picturesque ruins could be seen up until recently when for the preparations for the celebration of Kiev's 1500th anniversary the gate was reconstructed.

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    The Golden Gate

    by georeiser Updated Feb 8, 2010
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    The Golden Gate was the main entrance to the Constantinople city of Kiev. It was constructed in the beginning of the 11th century and served as an entrance to city. The building has two floors and a dome of a church, serving as a control tower. The entrance is 6 meters wide. The city of Kiev become 10 times larger so "the entrance" is not the entrance anymore, just another unique architecture in Kiev.

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    The golden gate

    by ronin308 Written Jun 24, 2005

    In the just up from Kreshatic, right in the middle of town is the golden gate, a reminder of exactly how old this city is.

    This gate is all that stands of the original protective wall in town. It's conviently located by a metro station with it's name, down the street is one of the opera houses in town.

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