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Kyiv in 3 Hours
During the tour of the city we will acquaint you with Kyiv – the capital of modern Ukraine and the cradle of East Slavic countries which include Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Kyiv is a beautiful city with long history and rich culture. The tour includes a visit to Vladimir Cathedral, the most striking example of sacred art in the end of the XIX century. Decorated by world-renowned masters, you'll visit the breathtaking frescoes and mosaics of the Saint Sophia Cathedral - the oldest cathedral in the Eastern Europe. The cathedral was built in the beginning of the XI century to commemorate the victory of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the nations Pechenegs. Then you’ll walk the grounds of the Sofia and St. Michael’s domed cathedral’s. Your next stop will be St. Andrew's Church - an excellent example of Baroque architecture from the XVIII century. Inspired by the drawings of B. Rastrelli, the cathedral lies on the top of Vladimir's Hill. From St. Andrew’s Church, you’ll journey down the romantic Andrew's Descent with the opportunity to visit the many galleries and souvenir shops which line the street.
Kyivs – Pecherska-Lavra
Kyiv’s-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve. Founded in XI century BC, this is one of the oldest monasteries in the Eastern Europe. During the tour you will visit the monestary’s underground caves where monks preserved mummies. The monestary houses a museum of miniatures and the "Golden Treasury" where you will see Scythian gold and silver collections of Jewish sacred objects from XVIII-XX centuries. The area is located on the picturesque hills of Kyiv’s Pecherska district where you can enjoy the views of the monestary and the Dnipro River from the observatory platform.
St. Sophia Cathedral
Hagia Sophia (1037) is an excellent example of architecture and monumental art of ancient Rus, which was built and decorated during the largest economic and cultural recovery of Kyiv Rus. The cathedral was sponsored by Yaroslav I the Wise and dedicated with the coronation of Sophia, for the Wisdom of God. Yaroslav I the Wise founded the first library in Russia and the first school for boys and girls. The cathedral was the main residence of Metropolitan of Kiev. The interior of the cathedral has remained virtually unchanged since XI century. Most notably are the valuable mosaics and frescoes compliled in a unique technique which depicts Biblical scenes, portraits of the church, the Apostles, and warriors.
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine
This national museum lies on the outskirts of Pyrohiv Village, occupying 150 hectres (370 acres) of territory, which preserves the national heritage of the Ukrainian people dating back to the XVI-XVII centuries. Here you can see the architectural styles of houses, wooden churches, mills, various buildings, clothing, and the lifestyle of past centuries. This museum gives visitors a sense of traveling back through time.
National Museum of the Great Patriotic War
The museum was founded in 1973. The complex includes a large museum and the Motherland statue which stands (height 62 m / 203 feet) tall with her sword which measures 16m. The museum includes numerous sculptures dedicated to heroes, and the exhibition of military equipment during World War II. The museum is spread out over 5’000 square meters and has over 12’000 exhibits. Exhibits also present original documents, autobiographical memories of great commanders, collection orders and diaries of first-hand witnesses.
Ukraine’s Aviation Museum opened its doors for the first time in autumn 2003 near Zhulyany International Ariport. The exhibit occupies 20 hectares (50 acres) of land and displays more than 50 aircraft from Ukraine and the former USSR. The exhibit includes models of some of the world’s first airplanes to modern strategic In the collection of samples of aircraft from the world's first airplane the Wright brothers to modern strategic fighter planes. The most famous exhibits are: strategic bombers, TU-22M fighter, the world's largest helicopter MI-26, the world's fastest military reconnaissance plane MiG-25RB (with a speed of three times the speed of sound, and the mammoth wide-body Airbus aircraft IL-86. In addition to the exhibits, the museum offers interactive displays which allow visitors to sit in the cockpits and have the feel for what it was like behind the controls when the aircraft was in commission.
In only a two day period from 29-31 September 1941, 33’771 Jews were massacred at Babi Yar in Kiev, most of who were women, children and the elderly. Duirng the Nazi occupation, it is estimated that between 100’000 to 300’000 people were executed at Babi Yar. World War II, which shocked humanity and left a tragic mark on the history of several nations, was the world’s most catastrophic events with the murder of approximately 6 million Jews – one-third of whom lived within the Soviet Union.
Museum of the Chernobyl Disaster
This museum tells the history of mankind's largest radiological disaster - the accident at Chernobyl. The exhibition includes more than 7’000 exhibits throughout 5 halls including declassified documents, maps, photographs, personal items and more. Many of these findings paved the way for global considerations of worldwide disarmament.
National Art Museum
This ehibition is one of the richest and most noble examples of Ukrainian art. The collection includes icons from the XII-XVIII centuries and Ukrainian avant-garde canvases by Kazimir Malevich, A. Bogomazov, A. Archipenko and many others.
This museum opened in 1991 in a building dating back to the XVIII century, the residence of the notorious Russian and Ukrainian writer, Mikhail Bulgakov. The home exhibits the heroes Bulgakov’s novels, “The White Guard “ and "Days of Turbines”. The museum also displays Bulgakov’s personal belongings and rooms preserved from the time of his residency.
The Ostrich Farm
Ukraine's largest ostrich farm is situated in a picturesque region of Kiev, where the 20 hectre farm is home to sixty ostriches.
Guests can dine in the local restaurant sampling dishes from ostrich eggs and buy souvenirs made from ostrich leather and egg shells.
Walk in Kyiv
Kyiv is truly one of the oldest cities in Europe, the fact is proved with the great number of priceless architectural spots (nearly 200), which are dated of XX-XXII centuries. Together with an experienced guide you will start the excursion from Starokyivska Mountain (Volodymyrska Mountain), where the first Slavonic people settled. You will also see the copy of the Desyatynna Church foundations established by the prince Volodymyr which is the oldest Christian church of Kyivska Russ.
Next, you will step into the X century epoch of Yaroslav the Wise, son of the prince Volodymyr. St. Sophie Cathedral is one of the most beautiful architectural memorials of XI century, which safely resisted Tatar-Mongol invasions and numerous wars to appear in all its grandeur. Then you will journey to the famous Golden Gates from the XI century which were once used as part of Kyiv’s fortification. The Golden Gates were completely destroyed in 1240 year, but were since rebuilt.