In the heart of Ukraine, on the banks of the Dnieper River, "the mother of Slavic cities" and the capital of Kievan Rus, Kiev, is spread out. With the population of over 3 million people, Kiev is one of the largest cities in Europe which is glorious by its historical background and rich cultural life. It was founded in XI century after the confluence of Eastern European tribes under the reign of Rurikovich dynasty. This heroic city was the theatre of various rises and falls. From the year 1917 till 1920 the power in Kiev was constantly changing, during the Great Patriotic War (1941-45) Kiev was occupied by German soldiers and as a climax of all political processes Kiev has become a capital of independent Ukraine.
Kiev is a place of a great interest either for those who are interested in ancient history and architecture or those who are fond of modern art. Ancient Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra with its sophisticated architecture, majestic St. Sophia Cathedral which dates back to 11th century, Kiev Opera House, Golden Gate of Kiev, Ivan Franko Theatre, Uspensky Cathderal, St. Michael Monastery and atmospheric Andreyevsky Spusk where you can buy authentic Ukrainian souvenirs and handmade articles.
From the other side night clubs, fancy restaurants, cafes as well as art centers are the constituents of a modern European city. Pinchuk Art Centre attracts creative people from all over the world as it is a place where up-to-date exhibitions of famous artists are held. You should obviously take a stroll along the central streets of Kiev, such as Khreschatyk, Lipskaya, Sophievskaya and of course visit the symbol of independent Ukraine and a place where many meaningful for the political situation in Ukraine events took place – Maydan Nezalezhnosti.