Top attractions in Kiev
Kiev is not only the capital city of Ukraine, but an exciting and historic metropolis. Visitors can get the most from a trip to Kiev by taking guided tours.
The city's Cathedrals are not to be missed. Essential to the city's architecture and atmosphere, they reflect various periods in the history of Ukraine. A tour guide can provide invaluable information on historical and architectural elements.
St. Michael's Cathedral is perched on a bluff in the Upper Town area. The cathedral, which overlooks the Podil neighborhood, dazzles with its elaborate gold domes.
The exterior of St. Sofia Cathedral Ukraine was remodeled in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the 17th century. The interior shows its Middle Ages origins, with eleventh-century friezes and mosaics. St. Sofia was the first Ukraine landmark on the World Heritage List.
Andrew Descent is a long, winding brick path bridging the Upper Town and Podil neighborhoods. Dotted with historic landmarks like the Castle of Richard the Lionheart, Andrew Descent makes its way down to Podil's popular Kontraktova Square.
Independence Square is the main plaza in Kiev. Despite its World War II destruction, the rebuilt square with its fountain and monument combines history, beauty, and modern commerce.
Friendship Arch is another can't-miss attraction. The lovely titanium arch rises above granite statues celebrating the union of Ukraine and Russia. Obolon, Podil, and Troeschina are visible from its observation deck.
A guided tour including the Mother Motherland statue allows visitors to experience the awe of a 62-meter tall statue honoring thousands of war heroes and workers. The Motherland statue sits majestically atop the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in the Pechersk district.