Andreevsky Descent, Kiev

Andreevsky Descent, Kiev (must see)

Andriyivsky (Andrew's) Descent, also known as “Andreevsky Spusk”, is a 700 metre paved run linking the old part of Kiev (the two hills, known as the Royal Residence) with the lower, more modern part of the city. The bohemian style street abounds in historic attractions and, on the warmer days, is dense with numerous stalls set by local craftsmen, artists and sculptors exhibiting and selling their works right there on the side of the street.

The descent in its present form originated in 1711, when the two hills at its upper end were levelled in order to ease carriage traffic. The street is flanked by 18th-19th century buildings, of which most notable is No.13, the home of Mikhail Bulgakov, famous Russian author, who lived here from 1906 to 1913 and then in 1918-1919. Sitting atop the hill is St. Andrew’s Church, which lends its name to the street. Further down is The Castle of Richard the Lionheart, built in 1902–1904. Another key landmark is the One Street Museum. It holds circa 6,500 exhibits on the history and evolution of Andriyivsky Descent. There are also a number of statues installed recently along the street which, in turn, add more charm to the area.

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Sight Name: Andreevsky Descent
Sight Location: Kiev, Ukraine (See walking tours in Kiev)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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