St Sophia cathedral

Old and small place located in the heart of the Old City. The cathedral impresses. Built in 11 ct. in the Byzantium style, decorated with mosaics and frescos it became the biggest and most beautiful construction in 11 ct. Europe. Here in the twilight you can feel spirit of the Middle Ages, grandeur and might of medieval Rus’. Continue reading

Victory statue

This young and pretty lady settled down in Kyiv in 1981. The statue is one of the most grandiose monuments of the Soviet époque in Kyiv built for glorification of the war against Nazi Germany. The figure of a woman with a sword and a shield is empty inside; metal skeleton is covered with 1.5 mm stainless steel shields. Continue reading

Kyiv catacomb monastery or Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

2011-05-18-20-14-37_061This place has several names – Kyiv catacomb Saint-Dormition monastery, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, or simply Lavra of Kyiv. Old, impressive, and unusual. Even if you are not a religious person or belong to the other faith or confession, do not miss it. Founded in the 11 ct., the monastery became the most important place later on, during the 17-18 ct. Golden-domed churches embellished with moldings and baroque paintings were constructed at that time. Continue reading