Kiev – Parks and Statues

Parks and Statues, Kiev, Ukraine, October 2021

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+ My feelings and historical part

I was surprised by the number of parks in the city of Kiev. They are not as big as in Warsaw but some are really splendid. Kiev is truly a green city, surrounded by forests. If you are taking the Rouge metro, stop at Hidropark. It is an entirely green island. I will go there next time, as well as to the Kyiv National Botanical Garden. I advise you to also go to Saint Vladimir’s Hill, starting from the People’s Friendship Arch and take the Glass Bridge, with a breathtaking view. The parks are also decorated with many statues, some of which I will share with you in this photo page.
Historical part
Saint Vladimir’s Hill is a 10,6ha (0.038 sq mi) park. Volodymyrska Hill Park was established in the mid-19th century, its name reflecting the monument to Saint Volodymyr of Kiev which was erected in 1853 in the park.
Hydropark, or Hidropark is a landscaped-recreational park. It was created as a leisure complex with mainly water activities: beaches, water sports, water attractions. It is located on the Venetian Islands.
The People’s Friendship Arch or People’s Friendship Memorial Arch, is a monument dating from the Soviet era on the banks of the Dnieper. It is a large arch, 50m (164ft) in diameter and 35m (114ft) high, built in a titanium-based alloy, accompanied by a granite stele depicting Pereyaslav’s 1654 treatise and figures in bronze representing the worker and the farmer. Its construction began in 1978 and it was inaugurated in 1982.
Kourgane Mamaïev is the place of the erection of the statue of the Motherland. There is a memorial on this hill commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. This battle, possibly one of the USSR’s most famous victories over the Axis forces during World War II, was also one of the deadliest in military history.
The Motherland Statue (in Russian: literally: “The Call of the Motherland” or “The Motherland is calling!”), is a gigantic statue erected on the Mamaev kurgan in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), which was, during the Battle of Stalingrad, the stake of fierce and decisive battles for the fall of the Third Reich in Europe. She guards the country (then the USSR), and with her sword pointing skyward, challenges anyone who dares to attack her children. The statue is 85m (279ft) high. It is made of concrete and metal. The sword measures 33m (108ft).
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