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What to see in Kiev

Kiev Attractions


Although the city has seen many highs and lows in it's long history, Kiev's cultural attractions are a constant, guaranteed to occupy sightseeing travellers. A leafy capital city, filled with old domed buildings and evidence of new wealth, Kiev is still largely untapped as a tourist destination - by European standards - and promises some surprises, part old-school Russian and part 'New Ukrainian'.

Highlights in the city include St Cyrill's Monastery, a tiny, 12th-century church with some incredible restored frescoes; the UNESCO-listed St Sophia Cathedral; the Great Patriotic War Museum and the Motherland statue which looms above it; the National Chernobyl Museum, which details the tragic events of the nuclear accident which shook the country in 1986; the riverside Mariyinsky and Khreshchatyi parks, perfect for a stroll or a jog; and the fascinating Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery. On hot summer days visitors will enjoy boating and other watersports and games at Kiev's popular Hydropark.


Great Patriotic War Museum

Dominated by the enormous statue of the Motherland (which looks like the sword-wielding sister of the Statue Of Liberty)…

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Hydropark

Summers in Kiev can be notoriously hot, and locals know that the best way to beat the heat is a trip to Hydropark Island.…

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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Caves Monastery)

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (the Caves Monastery) is a fascinating living piece of history dating back to 1051. The Venerable…

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St Sophia Cathedral

Dating back to the 11th century, the exquisite green and gold-domed St Sophia Cathedral was an important power centre…

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