Kiev, Ukraine, October 2021

+ The place


+ My feelings and historical part

Normally, I only allow 4 days to visit a city. Kiev deserved more, given the list of places to see. It was a discovery of a modern city but whose monuments remain very Soviet. I was also lucky to have an ideal temperature, 12°C (53.6°F) to discover this great city. I only had 2 hours of rain, during the visit of the Baikove cemetery … This mild temperature allowed me to cover 103km (64mi) during my 7 whole days of presence. Kiev is truly a magnificent city in its historical part. Its modern part mainly concentrates large apartment buildings as well as offices. Kiev is also a very green city, with many parks dotted with statues. I also appreciated the safety aspect when crossing the streets. The city is filled with small tunnels, even very large tunnels that concentrate shops. I thus walked 400m (0.24mi) underground. But I advise you to locate the exit point you want to cross a street, because it is easy to get lost a bit. I also had the opportunity to leave Kiev by going to an old holiday center, small cottages, by a river. This center is being rehabilitated for charitable purposes to accommodate people in difficulty. I also used the metro, beautiful, as well as the buses.
Historical part
Kiev is located on the Dnieper River in the northwest of the country. The exact date of the foundation remains unknown. Archaeological excavations suggest that Kiev became a city at the end of the 9th century. Kiev has been the capital of Ruthenia, the Principality of Kiev, the Grand Duchy of Ruthenia, the Ukrainian People’s Republic, the State of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The city is one of the oldest centers of Eastern Europe and of Christianity. The Saint Sophia Cathedral and the Kiev Caves Lavra are inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The great city of Kiev paid homage to the Khazars; Kiev’s name comes from the first name of one of the city’s founding Slavic princes: Kyi, the eldest of the city’s four founders with Shchek, Khoryv and their sister Lybid. During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages, from greatness to relative obscurity. Kiev was part of the Russian Empire and then followed, the Soviet period (1920-1991). In 1991, after the breakup of the USSR, Kiev became the capital of independent Ukraine. The city then opened up to the market economy, its appearance rapidly modernized and took on the appearance of a great European capital. Nowadays Kiev concentrates the attractiveness and resources of the economic, financial and cultural center of Ukraine.


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   • The churches: The Sainte-Sophie cathedral, the monasteries and other mythical places. Photos outdoors then indoors.
   • The transportation: A discovery mainly of the metro with some photos of other transport.
   • The night: As you know, I love night shots. A city reveals its beauty under the light of public lighting.
   • Frescoes murals: Passionate about frescoes murals or street-art, I book some of them discovered during my walks.
   • Baikove cemetery: I came across a link regarding this old cemetery where I decided to take a walk.
   • Parks and Statues: Walking through the many parks was a real pleasure, especially with all the statues present.
   • Special: Portraits, special images, statues discovered during this week.