Thursday 10 May 2018

Kyiv, Ukraine

We were in Kyiv for 9 nights. During that time we took two walking tours, a trip to an open-air museum, and a day trip to the Chernobyl "exclusion zone". And the rest of the time we walked our legs off, of course!

Here are a few of the things we saw while in Kyiv:

Independence Square, the central square in Kyiv

One of many memorials to people killed during the 2014 Euromaidan protests in the square

At night there is a music and light show with the fountains.

Buildings along Khreshchatyk, the main boulevard of Kyiv

Dormition Cathedral, destroyed in WWII and rebuilt in 2000.

The Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery

Saint Sophia's Cathedral

Saint Andrew's church

Former Communist Party headquarters, now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building. 

Soviet modernism style Hotel “Salyut”

Art Nouveau buildings

One of many parks

Besarabsky market hall, built in 1912

Statue in front of the Holodomor Museum, which is devoted to the famine created by the Soviet government that killed millions of Ukrainians in 1932 & 1933.

A Ukrainian folk music group. 

Buskers playing the tradional Ukrainian bandura.

Kyiv has the deepest subway station (346 ft) in the world. It takes two very long steep escalator rides to get to the bottom.

Some of the stations are also quite fancy.

The founders of medieval Kiev

The Motherland Monument

Soviet style sculpture

A mural of more recent vintage

Funky children's playground

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