the Independence Square - the heart of Kyiv. being here one can naturally assume that this was the center of the city at least for couple centuries.
In reality, till the middle of the 19 century this area was still considered to be the edge of the city, with only the mill and the lake around. Prior to that, this was ...... a swamp where people would go hunting for goats (The area was actually called the Goat Swamp). In 1240, the frozen surface of the Goat Swamp allowed Khan Batyi’s army to break into the city through the Ladski Gate. the area was also known as Perevesishche, the wild forest area where one would just need to leave nets over night and in the morning - get out the prey.
Take a walk in the evening downtown, especially in Khreshchatyk and Independence Square and enjoy the views.
The fountains look beautiful and so does the 62-meters-high Independence Column.
The central square is full of people in the evening, too.
The square has an interesting history of development. It had several different names within its history.
The area used to be vacant land two hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages in was called Perevessishche ("hunting grounds").
The area became a market square in the 19th century and was called Khrashchatyk Square.
In 1851 the first stone edifice was erected here. It was the Nobility House designed by architect A.V.Beretti.
In 1876 the square was renamed into Dumskaya Square ("City Council Square").
The Bolsheviks renamed the square into Soviet Square in 1919.
In 1935 they renamed it into Kalinin Square.
From 1977 to 1991 it was called October Revolution Square.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square is the heart of the city.Maidan means square and its the same in Turkish .Its very helpful to find the center specially if kyril is not your alphabet and if you are travelling in metro.When you here Maidan you remember that you are in the right place.This is the meeting point for everybody.Ukranians use to drink beer in this specific place .Its not important if its summer or winter .By the way this is also excellent spot for making revolutions.
The Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) is a good place to start your own sightseeing tour in Kiev.
The square was reconstructed in 2002, and is now a beautiful place with fountains and monuments. There is a large underground shopping complex below the Independence Square.
The Orange Revolution took place here on the square from late November 2004 to January 2005.
Within walking distance from The Independence Square you'll find many other interesting sights: The International Centre for Culture and Arts, the Mariyinskiy Palace, Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) and much more. See my few other tips…
The Independence Square contains a total of six fountains, the Independence Column and an artificial waterfall.
The Independence Column is very impressive (50 meter high), and was raised in 1999. On the top of the column stands a statue of a girl (the symbol of the independence of Ukraine) wearing the national dress and holding a snowball tree branch.
One of the fountains on the square is decorated with a statue of the founders of the city (Kyi, Schek, Horiv and Lybid). Kiev is named after the oldest brother Kyi.
Lead picture is the Foundation of Kyiv Monument - brothers Schenk & Khoriv, their sister Lybid and the eldest brotehr Ky. Ky founded and named Kyiv while Lybid founded and named the Lybid Hotel (Are you sure ? -Ed)
Buzzing and lively day and night and full of photo opportunities
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, is Kiev's main square. It is the equivalent of Trafalgar Square in London or Moscow's Red Square.'Maidan' literally translates from Ukrainian as 'square'. The word originally came from Persian.
The square received its current name in 1991 in the aftermath of Ukrainian independence. Nezalezhnist (independence) commemorates the Ukrainian independence achieved in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the Orange Revolution of 2004, Maidan Nezalezhnosti made international news, as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in the square and pitched tents for several weeks, enduring the cold and snow. Their protests against electoral fraud resulted in an additional round of presidential elections being ordered by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, which were won by the opposition candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.
When I was here is December, there was a giant Christmas tree and lots of men and women dressed in Santa Claus outfits.
Central Square - Independence Square - the place for the Orange Revolution (2004).
Everybody meets here, especially at the weekends when the main street (vul Khrenshchatyk) is completely pedestrianised!
The square was not always the central delight it is now. It used to be Goat's Bog and was on the very outskirts of the city!
Look out for the graffiti (from the Orange Revolution), Independence Column, Lyadski Gate, fountains, sculptures...
This square is where many of the gatherings occur here. The main blvd of Kreshatik passes through it and during the weekends can be closed to vehicle traffic.
The square is also flanked by several reputable hotels and it is easy to find apartments near it as well. One portion includes a 3 story mall with shops and restaurants with a large glass facade.
Underneath the maidan is also more shops and kiosks as well as a metro station.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, The Independence Square is the main square in Kiev, popular meeting spot and the symbol of independence, which became world famous after the Orange Revolution (of 2004-2005). On the 10th anniversary of Ukraine's independence (August 24, 2001) the Independence Column has been errected and the square itself has been rebuilt and transformed from the socrealistic to the realy European looking one.
Nowadays, during the weekends and holidays, it's closed to the traffic, what makes it perfect meeting spot and a concert and performance place. It's very vibrant during the weekdays, anyway :)
The Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) is located in the center of Kiev. The square hosts a number of Parades, concerts, festivals and arrangements. It contains some of Kiev's tallest buidings, the Independence Column, fountains, artificial waterfall and nice architecture. The square is the most popular hangout for the people, with various restaurants, hotels, cafes and food joints.
This is the famouse Maidan where one of the recent events happened that is known to Americans - Orange Revolution.
Maidan is a big square and basically sets the center of the city (in the middle of Kreshatik ave). Concerts, Festivals, Sporting Events take place there. Contains tons of shops, restaurants, cafes.
Among that there are a few soviet and modern fountains, beautiful statues.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Майдан Незалежності) or Independence Square was for me, the beating heart of Kyiv. The square is at the head of vul Khreshchatyk, Kyiv's main street, and is a central area for big businesses, banks, restaurants and cafes, shops and tourist kiosks. The imposing Soviet-style architecture of the surrounding buildings is unforgettable and the history even more so. The Soviet army, before retreating from the Nazis in WWII, planted hidden mines and explosives all through the buildings on vul Khreshchatyk which were detonated once the Nazis had settled in. The boulevard was completely destroyed, then rebuilt in the contemporary style when the Soviet army returned. Amidst current political conflicts the square has become a place of free speech and demonstrations, and the world watched the Orange Revolution unfold here in 2004.
But it's not all business. On weekends the boulevard is opened to pedestrians and it creates this great atmosphere. We visited over Christmas allowing us to enjoy the lights and decorations, and the very cool Christmas Market. I most enjoyed visiting at night when the bright lights and crowds of people create this busy metropolitan blur of noise and colour and I could just walk with a strong coffee and be surrounded by Kyiv. My last night in Ukraine I hung around here for a long while, letting the lights and buildings burn themselves into my brain.
The beginning (or the end) of Hreshchatyk Street is the real center of the city. Here is one of main Metro stations, post office, great Hotel Ukraine, the Freedom Statue, and merchants, tourists, beggars...
This Yulia Tymoschenko looking woman is Berehynia who is regarded as a slavic goddess. The monument was erected in 2001 in the place of the old Lenin statue and shows Berehynia as a protector of Kyiv.
This monument is the first thing I think of when I think of Independence Square and it is pretty hard to miss.
Maidan Nezalezhnosty (Independence Square)
Now is under total reconstruction. It was favorite place to meet of the Kyivites and tourists. While being students we often drank beer near the fountains. The Maidan was looking like this.