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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.
Andriyivskyy Descent, Kyiv, Kyiv city, 02000
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.
The St. Vladimir's Cathedral was built to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus by the Grand Duke of Vladimir, and is now the cathedral of the Archbishop of Kiev of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The church was built in 1896 and is located in the northwest of Shevchenko Avenue. The building is Russian Byzantine style, and the yellow facade is beautiful against the blue sky. The interior of the church is decorated with colorful Venetian mosaics and murals.