The most beautiful places in Kiev

12 most beautiful places in Kiev

No wonder Mikhail Bulgakov called Kiev the most beautiful city of all – during its long and rich history this city has accumulated and preserved many sights and beauties. Kiev was the first capital of Rus, and today it is one of the greenest cities in the world. The current capital of Ukraine has a lot of diverse and attractive parks. The city itself is located on the banks of the scenic Dnieper River, and its beautiful natural surroundings combined with the splendor of the sights make tourists fall in love on the first day of their stay. Strolling through the beautiful streets of Kiev you come across a lot of different sculptures, monuments and fountains, and no holiday in Kiev without a visit to the parks. So what are the most beautiful places of Kiev?

1. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

The most beautiful places in Kiev

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the unique religious sight and the most beautiful place in Kiev. This shrine is one of the main places among all the orthodox shrines not only in Kiev, but in the whole world. It’s worth mentioning that there is no comparable temple anywhere in the world. The temple was founded in the XIX century, and at that time it was the first Orthodox temple of Kievan Rus. By its infrastructure Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is more like a small independent settlement, located in the center of the Ukrainian capital. The main treasures of the temple are the relics of saints, which are kept in the tombs, formed seven centuries ago. Also here are brought valuable for the Orthodox Church miraculous icons.

2. the descent of St. Andrew.

Historically Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew’s descent) became the main street of Kiev (a bit like Moscow’s Arbat). Moreover, this sight can boast a lot of famous historical figures, who stayed in the houses on Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew’s descent) during their stay in Ukrainian capital. It is worth to mention the great number and variety of various restaurants, boutiques, galleries and other facilities, situated along the whole Andriyivsky Descent. In addition, this beautiful place in Kiev has become the heart of folk festivals, celebrations, as well as public and political events.

3. Dnieper River

In the list of the most beautiful places in Kiev you can not not include Dnieper. For centuries it has been famous as a great and beautiful river. Dnieper is the third largest river on the European continent. On the Ukrainian part of the riverbed there are twenty-six cities. The creation of the artificial lakes, reservoirs and dams transformed the Dnieper into the most beautiful place in the world. Thus, today there are over 70 species of fish in the Dnieper basin and its lakes, which is almost a full list of all the known fish species in Ukraine. If you want to admire the picturesque panorama of the Dnieper, you should start it with a cruise on the river by a ship or a boat.

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4. Golden Gate

Perhaps many of our contemporaries have heard of such a famous Kiev sight as the Golden Gate. Earlier this beautiful construction in Kiev was a part of the defense complex around the city and its visiting card – foreign ambassadors and important guests were welcomed here, as well as returnees from expeditions. Historians argue a lot about the date of foundation of the Golden Gate: some of them are of the opinion that it was founded at the beginning of the XI century, the others – in the second half of the XII century. Today on this place there is a pavilion, which ensures the preservation of the extant landmark.

5. Sofia Square

Sofia Square is the most beautiful square in Kiev. It belongs to one of the oldest in the city and has a great importance for it. On the square there are many important sights for the Ukrainian capital, including religious shrines and historical monuments. In the second half of the last century the square was named after Bogdan Khmelnitsky, after the monument to the famous hetman located in its center. According to legend, in the first half of the XI century on the place of St. Sophia Square Yaroslav the Wise defeated the army of Pechenegs.

6. Kiev city park

The Kiev City Park, one of the most popular and favorite parks among locals and tourists, was created on the basis of the garden, which used to stand here. The garden was obliged to Emperor Peter I, who came to love this place and ordered to put vineyards and fruit-bearing trees here. During its long history the park has undergone many changes – on its territory there were some objects and attractions, and then there were others: lakes, stadiums, gardens, various institutions – all these things, changing every time, gave a new appearance to the City Park. Today it is one of the most beautiful places in Kiev for walks.

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7. 7. The Paton Bridge

The Paton Bridge is the embodiment of the past merits in the construction of the last century, a beautiful landmark of Kiev. It is named after its designer who managed to build the world’s first all-welded bridge, moreover, it is so strong that it still needs no major repairs. The project was realized in the middle of the last century. For several decades, this construction was a favorite place of the townspeople for walks with a view of the Dnieper. And some time ago it was still possible to take a streetcar on the bridge.

8. Vladimirskaya Gorka

One beautiful place in Kiev has become simultaneously two places of interest – we are talking about Vladimirskaya Hill – the hill and park of the same name. The park was founded on the hill in the middle of the XIX century, and despite its small size has become popular not only among the city residents, but also among tourists. Walking around the park, vacationers can enjoy the magnificent views of the Dnieper River, which opens from the hill. The visitors can admire a lot of beautiful monuments and sculptures all over Vladimirskaya Gorka. You can also visit the museum and the congress center, where the guests will find a lot of interesting things to see and learn.

9. Khreshchatyi Park

At the end of the XIX century an impressive part of the Tsar’s Garden fell into disrepair, then the Kiev authorities decided to give this place to the Merchant Assembly of the city. In the course of time a garden, later called the Merchant’s Garden, was erected here. Over time the garden turned into Khreshchaty Park, and on its territory there were many new objects and attractions, including the Summer Theater, the monument “Arch of Friendship between Peoples”, two water towers of the city, which later became museums, and other objects. The park became the favorite place for walks of the city residents and guests of all ages.

10. Pechersky Landscape Park

The young Pechersky Landscape Park, which was created in the early 80s of the last century, is one of the most beautiful parks of Kiev. During the whole period of its creation the area of the park was improving with enviable zeal – asphalt paths were laid, alleys were laid, lawns, flowerbeds and benches were laid. Among the vegetation of Pechersky Landscape Park there are a lot of rare beautiful and decorative trees and bushes. Also in the park during 25 years there have been held flower exhibitions, and the citizens like to come here for concerts, festivals and other events.

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11. Pirogovo

The Museum of Ukrainian Architecture and Life has a special place among the most beautiful sights in Kiev. It is located in the open air and is a protected complex (the largest in the Eastern European part of the continent). From different parts of Ukraine were delivered to Pirogovo architectural culture of the 16th-19th centuries. Here visitors can get acquainted with the huts, old mansions, mills, wooden temples and many other types of buildings of that period. Walks, picnics, horseback rides and other fun activities of the past centuries are available on the site.

12. Shevchenko Park

The Shevchenko Park is situated not far from the main building of one of the universities of Kiev. There is a story about the creation of this park, that the idea for its creation was given by the Brazilian emperor, who traveled through European cities in the second half of the XIX century. During its rather long history the park changed its name several times. Today it is named after Taras Shevchenko, who has a monument here. Every day this beautiful park brings together citizens and guests of Kiev, who walk along its alleys, and boasts with its fountains and monuments.

Hereby our review of the most beautiful places of Kiev is over. More Kiev sights you can find in our separate article.

The most beautiful places in Kiev

Kiev is an ancient city, the capital of Kievan Rus and present-day Ukraine. Kiev is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it will welcome travelers with its monuments of ancient culture, beautiful squares and numerous festivals.

Daydreaming about going to Kiev?

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The most beautiful places in Kiev

In this article we will tell you what places you should visit in Kiev first.

Andrew’s Descent

An unforgettable street in Kiev, in ancient times it was a hub of trade routes . It is named after St. Andrew Church, located at the top of the descent. Walking around this cultural monument you can soak in the atmosphere of antiquity and history, which emanates literally from every stone.

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Andrew’s Descent

Church of St. Andrew

According to the ancient chronicle of the monk Nestor, the church was built on the spot where the Apostle Andrew set up the cross and foretold that a great city would be built here. The temple is erected on the mountain and is very beautiful when the pink sunset and the white and blue decoration of the temple are combined with its grandeur and power.

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Church of St. Andrew

Richard’s Castle – the lion’s heart.

The building was built in the early 19th century. Legend has it that an unclean force lives in the castle, for which reason it has often changed owners. As it turned out, there were bottle necks embedded in the walls of the building, and when the wind blows, the building made ominous sounds. The townspeople call it Richard’s Castle – the lion’s heart.

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Richard’s Castle – the lion’s heart.

The House with Chimeras

Residence of the president of Ukraine. The facade of the building is decorated with figures of bizarre animals and looks scary and mystical. It was built on a place of drained swamp by the architect V. Gorodetsky.

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The House with Chimeras

Golden Gate

The monument of the ancient culture, built during the reign of Yaroslav the Wise, has been preserved in our time as well. It is a fine example of Slavic defense architecture of that time. The fortress has a wide passage and thick walls. There is a museum in the building of the Golden Gate.

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Golden Gate

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the most revered holy place in the Orthodox world. Lavra was founded in the 11th century by monk Anthony and his disciple Theodosius. Every year a lot of pilgrims come to Lavra for blessing. The architectural complex consists of a theological seminary, a number of churches, mystical caves with holy relics, and the State Library of Ukraine.

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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery

The monastery was built on the place of an ancient temple. Originally on this place was a wooden church, but in the 12th century in honor of the victory over the Polovtsians built a stone Archangel Michael Cathedral, which created the monastery. In front of the monastery statues of the Apostle Andrew, Princess Olga, the monks Cyril and Methodius were built.

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery

St. Sophia Cathedral

Built by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the temple has been repeatedly demolished to its foundations. But anyway the cathedral, in spite of everything, survived. In the 17th century it was completely rebuilt. The temple is under UNESCO protection. Now the religious services are held in the cathedral only on holidays.

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St. Sophia Cathedral

Pirogovo museum

This is an open-air museum located on the site of the old village of the same name. On the vast territory of the museum there are over 300 exhibits that tell about the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of Ukraine. In the museum you can walk through the streets of the village, visit a small church, and get away from the bustle of the city.

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Pirogovo museum

Motherland

The grandiose building dedicated to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War was built on the bank of the Dnieper. The sculpture is surrounded by a park, which is a favorite place of pastime of the residents of Kiev. On the territory of the monument you can visit the Museum of the History of Ukraine in WWII.

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Motherland

Babi Yar

There is a very sad place in Kiev – the moat between Syrets and Lukyanovka territories. In 1941 during the short period of time there were executed by the German fascists more than 200 thousand peaceful citizens. Literally the whole earth of Babiy Yar is saturated with blood of innocent people. This place is a living reminder to the humanity about the atrocities of the Nazis. At present there are monuments to the victims of mass executions built on the territory of Babi Yar.

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Babi Yar

Of course, there are many more interesting places in Kiev. Visiting Kiev you will see a lot of amazing and wonderful sights. So don’t put off your trip, come to Kiev and you will be delighted with ancient Kiev on the one hand and modern art on the other.

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