The most ancient and steep street in kiev, Andriyivsky Uzviz, is Kyivites favourite place for outdoor fairs, festivals, concerts. There are many art galeries, shops and studios - thats best place to shop for ukrainian crafts and artworks. Of'course, being at the very heart of the city's art community the street is a favorite stop for tourists in search of paintings and traditional Ukrainian crafts, as well as a repository for all souvenirs tacky and/or Soviet.
St.Andrew’s Church is often called the Gem of Kiev andthe Stone Flower of Kiev for its beauty.
This church located in St.Andrew's Descent attracts lots of visitors who come to that old street.
The church is devoted to Apostle St.Andrew who is often referred to as St.Andrew the First Called for he was the first disciple of Jesus.
St.Andrew preached Christianity to the Scythians who roamed the plains and forests of what is now southern Ukraine. Records show that he even reached the plain of the Dnipro River as far as the present location of the city of Kiev. Looking at the hills to his left he said there would be a great city on those hills.
St.Andrew became the Patron Saint of Ukraine.
St.Andrew’s Church was designed by the outstanding Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and built in 1749-1754 in baroque style. Its total height is 60 meters and its sizes are: width 23 meters and length 32 meters.
It is a one-domed temple surrounding by four other smaller domes and built in the form of a cross.
Since 1968 there is a museum inside the church building.
You can also attend liturgy there sometimes, on special occasions.
St.Andrew's Descent (it sounds as “Andriyivsky Uzviz” in Ukrainian) is one of the most ancient and steep street in Kiev.
St.Andrew’s Descent is called after Apostle St.Andrew who, according to ancient chronicles, sailed up the River Dnipro from the Black Sea and predicted there would be a huge city on the hills that he saw sailing along the Dnipro.
St.Andrew’s Descent runs along St.Andrew’s Hill from St.Vladimir Street to Contract Square and has always been the shortest way from Upper Kiev to Lower Kiev.
This street has been known since 1740.
Fairs, festivals and concerts are often held there, especially on the last weekend in May when the Kievites observe their City Days.
It’s the best place for shopping for Ukrainian and Russian souvenirs.
There are splendid art galleries, museums, cafes and restaurants in that street.
Overlooking Andriyivsky Uzviz and Podil, the old section of Kiev, stands the Ukrainian Baroque church of St.Andrew designed in 1754 by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Although closed for interior remodelling, this five-domed church remains the major adornment of the upper city.
The most ancient and steep street in Kiev, Andriyivsky Uzviz, is Kyivites favorite place for outdoor fairs, festivals and concerts. Art galleries, shops and studios make Andriyivsky Uzviz the best place to shop for Ukrainian crafts and art-works. Cultural museums located here reveal the history of the legendary street and of the whole Kiev.
Andriivski uzviz (St. Andrew's descent)
One of the most ancient streets in Ukraine. Was connecting the upper and downtown. Now the artists express their works (paintings, souvenirs, handicrafts) their. The most popular walking place for locals, especially at the last sunday of May, when the 'Kyiv day' holiday is celebrated.
From the upper side the real decoration is Andriivska (St. Andrew's) church built by the famous Italian architecture Rasstrelli (author of Mariinski palace and a lot of buildings in St. Petersburg). Legend says that apostolus Andriy Pervozvanniy raised the Zamkova gora (hill) and put a cross exaxtly on that place. At that time the big sea was washing the downtown and fell asleep. After St. Andriy put a cross, the sea withdrew. Amdriivska church has no bells because, according to the legend, with the first blow of the bell, the sea will wake up and sink the downtown.
The magnificent Baroque St Andrew's church, built in 1754, was designed by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It stands on a hill overlooking Andriyivs'kyi uzviz and the historic Podil district.
It is said that Saint Andrew planted a cross here in the 1st century AD and prophesied the foundation of a great Christian city. In 1086, the Grand Prince of Kiev, Vsevolod I constructed a small wooden church here, dedicated to the erection of the cross by Saint Andrew. In 1215, Prince Mystyslav of Halych built the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross nearby. But these early wooden structures were destroyed by the Mongols. Several more wooden churches were built here over the centuries, the final one of which was destroyed in 1725.
The current stone church was commissioned by the Russian Empress Elizabeth and designed by the head architect of the Russian court, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who based his design on a church in St Petersburg. The church has a single dome and five small spires. Corinthian columns decorate the facade of the church.
The church is also used as a concert venue and concerts take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 19:30.
It is a steep, cobble stoned, curving, crooked street. AT the top there is St. Andrew's church and all the way down there are stall selling everything from Russian and Nazi memorabilia to tourist t.shirts, arts, crafts and general tat!
At the time of my visit (October 2011, there was a LOT of work being done to both the church and the street so I don't think I was fully able to get the "charm" that my Lonely Planet book described Andriyivsky uzviz as having.
I did get a couple of good souvineers from here so, in that respect it was a worth while trip for me.
It had a feeling of decay and decline - which I believe is the charm... perhaps when it is all freshened up and made good by the builders that will be lost. I can only presume their aim is to get it all done and ready for the football next year and the possible hoarde of visitors the football may bring in...
Andriyivsky’s Uzviz otherwise known as Andriy’s descent or Andrew’s descent is the connection between the upper town neighbourhood to another historic neighbourhood Podil. On Andriy’s decsent there is the stunning St Andriy’s church and other monuments, attractions and some small museums.
The famous Ukrainian poet Mikhail Bulgakov lived on Andriy’s descent at two different houses and one of these houses have been turned into a museum. The Buglakov museum is number 13 and is located at the bottom of the street.
Andriyivskyi Uzviz, or Andrew's Descent, is one of the best known historic streets and tourist attractions in Kiev. It is often called the Montmartre of Kiev.
The first buildings were erected here in the 17th Century, and the first apartment blocks here date back to the 19th century. Famous buildings on the street, which winds up a steep hill, include the baroque St Andrew's Church, Mikhail Bulgakov's house, the Museum of One Street and the so-called 'Castle of Richard the Lionheart'. Also there are many small shops and stalls selling antiques and souvenirs.
The Museum of One Street is one of the main attractions of Andriyivskyy Uzviz. Its more than 6,500 exhibits document the history of this famous street. They include information about St Andrew's Church, the Castle of Richard Lionheart and the many other buildings of Andriyivskyy Uzviz. There are model street scenes depicting different aspects of the street's history.
The museum also has a large collection of antique books, including first editions of the works of Mikhail Bulgakov published in his lifetime.
It is a very small museum and it doesn't take more than half an hour to see everything.
Also known as St Andrew's Descent. This is a very steep & winding street where local artists & vendors sell their works & crafts & souvenirs. If you go to Kiev without a good guide book you can find one here for sale by one of the street merchants. Also, the Bulgakov museum is located along this street, and if you're interested in this author it's worth a visit. But the most prominent sight is St Andrew's church. Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed this gorgeous baroque church, which was built in 1754. From what i understand it's one of the few buildings in Kiev which has avoided serious damage or reconstruction.