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The capital of Ukraine and one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, Kiev has much to offer in terms of history and sightseeing. Kiev was founded in the 5th century as a trading post and became the capital of the Kievan Rus (the medieval state of Russia) in the 10th century. Kiev flourished as the center of power and culture of the Eastern Slavs over the next 250 years until it was completely destroyed by Mongol invaders in 1240. Some places of interest are St. Sophia Cathedral and Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra, 2 important sites for the Eastern Orthodox religions. In 1321, the greatly diminished city and surrounding area was conquered by the Grand Duchy of Lituania. By the 16th century, the city was controlled by the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth. In the 17th century Kiev was transferred under rule of Russia. In 1991, Kiev became capital of the independent Ukraine. Kiev today is an extremely pleasant city filled with beautiful architecture, busy boulevards and quiet side streets.

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Babiy Yar Memorial
Babiy Yar must be the most sorrowful place in Kiev. Two monuments were erected here to keep alive the memory of the 33770 Jews who were killed here on the 29-30 of September 1941. One of the monuments was created in Soviet times and the other was erected in 1991.
Embankment of the Dnieper River
Golden Gates
Independence Square
Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra
One of the most famous Kiev attractions was founded in 1051 by the monks Antoniy and Feodosiy for the expansion of Kiev´s new religion - Christianity. The complex of Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra Monastery includes the Nearby and Far-off caves , the Church of the Savior on Berestove, Holy Trinity Gate Church, St Nicholas´ Church and the Great Lavra Belfry, the highest in Ukraine (96,6 meters) as well as the fully reconstructed Assumption Cathedral. The majority of the structures were built in the Ukrainian Baroque style. The ensemble is built in harmony with the surrounding countryside and forms a beautiful and majestic silhouette of Kiev from the Dnipro river side.
Kontraktova Square
Kreschatyk Street
Kiev’s most famous thoroughfare
Monument to Apostle Andrew
Monument to Princess Olga
Mykhaylovsky Monastery
Opera Theater
Pochtovaya Square
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Perhaps Kiev’s most important monument built in 1037 during the golden era of the Kievan Rus. The structure has 5 naves, 5 apses and 13 cupolas. It is surrounded by two-tier galleries from three sides. On the inside, it retains intricate mosaics and frescos from the eleventh century. The site was also the burial place of the Princes of Kiev. The site is inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Starokyivska Hill

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