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About Kiev

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of Eastern Europe's oldest cities and had an earlier golden age as the capital of the Kievan Rus, the first Ukrainian state. Following years under Soviet rule, today it is Ukraine's most cosmopolitan city, offering multi-ethnic restaurants not found in the rest of the country and was a center of the Orange Revolution of 2004. Amazing sights like the Pecherska Lavra (cave monasteries ), Chernobyl Museum, commemorating the nuclear tragedy, and 11th Century St Sofia's cathedral offer glimpses into the little known Ukrainian history. It's not advisable to drink the tap water, but street food is fine and often delicious, whether it's ice cream or Kvas, a brewed bread drink. A vaguely wild atmosphere persists , evidenced for example in the practice of hailing regular cars and haggling for a price rather than waiting for a scarce taxi. (This is only recommended if travelling with a native). The winters are long and dark, but summer is green and fruitful, fitting for a city regaining its place as a European capital.

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Maidan Nezalezhnosti
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Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, is the central square of Kiev.
St. Sophia Cathedral
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The 11th-century Hagia Sophia is Kiev's famous Orthodox Cathedral, which is designed to rival the St. Sophia Church in Constantinople. The cathedral is built in Baroque style and includes a cathedral with a golden-green roof, a bell tower and a monastery. After the completion of the Church of St. Sophia, it soon became the religious, political and cultural center of Kievan Rus. During the Soviet era, the cathedral building was once a museum, mainly collecting portraits from the 13th to 17th centuries and paintings and statues from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. There are also many archaeological artifacts and architectural models.
Andriyivskyy Descent
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Andriyivskyy Descent is a historic cobblestone street connecting Kiev's Upper Town neighborhood and the historically commercial Podil neighborhood. Tour operators often describe the street as the "Montmartre of Kiev", and is a major tourist attraction. The descent is 720 meters (2,360 ft) in length, and is filled with stalls selling souvenirs, art, and antiques.
Golden Gate
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Built in the 11th century, the Golden Gate of Kiev was originally the main entrance of the ancient Kiev city, named after the door and the church dome on the door tower decorated with gold-plated copper foil. Later, the Golden Gate was damaged and then collapsed. In 1983, the government rebuilt the Golden Gate and a section of the ancient city wall and set up museums and parks. Many artifacts from ancient Kiev are displayed in the museum.

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The most fun thing we have to do in the evening is to watch a world-famous ballet, Swan Lake. Although I have seen this dance drama six times, it does not affect my expectations. is the origin of Italy, developed in Paris, France, and achieved glory in Russia and Ukraine. The Kiev Grand Theatre is one of the three major theatres and enjoys a high reputation in the world. The theater is composed of a troupe, a ballet, a symphony orchestra, and a choir. Many ballet and opera works have been recognized and praised by many countries in the world, and their reputation has long been known around the world. Watching a three-hour show in Kiev will definitely make you unforgettable. "Swan Lake" was created by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky in 1876. After nearly 150 years, it still has a strong charm. After the times, it is still irreplaceable. "Swan Lake", 4th, Kiev Ballet is the most complete version, this performance plus two intermissions is always three hours. When you are resting, you can buy a glass of wine and taste it. This is the first dance by Tchaikovsky. It is based on folklore. The story is: Princess Ojta was turned into a white swan by the demon on the Swan Lake. Prince Ziegfried travels to Swan Lake and is deeply in love with Ojta. The prince chose the bride's night, and the demon made his daughter, the black swan, disguised as Ojta to deceive the prince. The prince was almost deceived and eventually found out in time to fight the devil and cull. The white swan restores the original shape of the princess and combines with the prince to complete the ending.
Posted: Jan 5, 2019