possible to imagine Ukraine without its majestic capital -
Kyiv. Founded by legendary brothers Kyi, Schek, Khorev and
their sister Lybed at the end of the 5-th century, it became
the cradle city of Christianity for future Russian,
Ukrainian and Bielorussian nations between 10-th and 11-th
Kyiv. Independence Square at night
One of the main
Kyiv attractions is Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, which was
the biggest and the most powerful Orthodox monastery in
Kyivan Rus. In the 11-th century it became the center for
the expansion and consolidation of Christianity in ancient
Rus-Ukraine. The Lavra is famous not only as a monastery
complex of seven beautiful churches, but also for its caves.
At the beginning those caves served as monastic cells and
later as underground cemetery for the monks. Many
distinguished church and political figures are buried on the
territory of the monastery.Today Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is
national preserve and one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Lavra Orthodox Monastery complex. Kyiv
The other sight
worth seeing is St.Michael Golden Domes Cathedral
located at Mikhailovska Square. It has special meaning for
Kyiv people because Archangel Michael is considered as a
holly protector of Ukrainian capital. This splendid
architectural monument has tragic history, being almost
completely destroyed by tartar-mongolians in 13-th century,
then ? by bolsheviks in 1935-1936. The temple was
reconstructed and opened for religious service and visits in
St.Michael Golden Domes Cathedral
you should not miss gorgeous St.Sofia Cathedral,
situated just opposite to St.Michael Cathedral. St.Sofia is
one of the oldest Kyiv churches and at the same time it is
famous not only in Ukraine, but all round the world for its
marvellous mosaics by Byzantine masters and graffiti that
date back to 11-th century. 10 centuries ago St.Sofia
Cathedral served not only as a place to pray, but also as
political and cultural centre. The first library in ancient
Rus-Ukraine was founded there. Architectural and historical
preserve of St.Sofia was rewarded by golden
medal of UNESCO.
Kyiv. St. Sofia Cathedral and the monument to Bohdan
Perhaps only visiting of Crimean peninsula could make your
journey to Ukraine really unforgettable! Crimea is
considered as the most beautiful part of Ukraine, which
combines warm seaside climate, gorgeous nature and plenty of
spectacular historical monuments. Crimea has a long and rich
history. It was inhabited by Taurians, Scythians, ancients
Greeks, was a part of Byzantine, Khazar, Tartar and Russian
Empires. You would be greatly impressed visiting:
Swallows Nest - marvellous medieval castle, that has
become a special symbol of Crimea.
Nest - a special symbol of Crimea
Palace - where Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill carved up
Europe at the end of the 2-nd World War.
ancient Greek city of Khersones.
Sevastopol. Remains of ancient Khersonesos
Khan Palace of Bakhchisaray - a unique combination of orient
and "western" architecture. Chufut-Kale - former
center of the Jewish sect of Karaits.
Chufut-Kale. Remains of karaites'
settlement near Bakhchisarai
Genuese Fortess - which during more than 6 centuries
witnessed plenty of wars and changes in political life Sudak.
You can still find the inscriptions in Latin on its walls
and much more sights of beautiful Crimea!