City Orientation Walk, Kiev

City Orientation Walk, Kiev
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Kiev is a very old city. It was initiated approximately 1500 years ago. Since 1934, it was Soviet Ukraine's capital and remained the main city of the country with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Being one of the biggest cities in Europe, it has a very specific history, architecture and cultural life. One can never be bored in Kiev, as it has endless interesting and captivating places to see.

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Author: Cathy
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Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral and Monastery

1) Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral and Monastery (must see)

Saint Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral, one of the city's most impressive architectural monuments, has a rich and tumultuous history. Its foundation was laid in 1108, by the sons of Grand Duke of Kiev, Izyaslav Yaroslavovich. In 1113, the Byzantine style cathedral was inaugurated under the aegis of Demetrius’ Monastery. A series of Mongol attacks in the later centuries inflicted great damage upon the cathedral so that by the 15th century it was in much need of repair. In 1495, the...   view more
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Andreevsky Descent

2) Andreevsky Descent (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...   view more
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The National Museum of Ukrainian History

3) The National Museum of Ukrainian History (must see)

Due to the large number of exhibits, incredibly vast time-span covered and uniqueness of collections displayed, the National Museum of Ukrainian History is rightfully considered to be one of Kiev’s most prominent tourist sites. Founded in 1904, the museum initially comprised mainly archaeological findings from private collections. In 1909, it started to receive governmental support and in 1935 the collections were moved to the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra for a better display. During World War II,...   view more
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Saint Sophia's Cathedral

4) Saint Sophia's Cathedral (must see)

Saint Sophia’s Cathedral is one of the most important cultural, religious and architectural landmarks of Kiev. Built in the 11th century (1011 or 1037, according to various sources), the cathedral was inspired by the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and was meant to become a regional centre of Christianity. Initially, the cathedral had five naves and two circling galleries. It was badly damaged during Tatar invasions in the Middle Ages and later, in 1707, was rebuilt in a Byzantine style, most...   view more
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Golden Gate

5) Golden Gate (must see)

The Golden Gate is a key landmark of the Ukrainian capital and a standing reminder of its medieval past. The first mention of the gate was recorded in the 11th century. Legend has it that prior to fighting a nomadic army of the Pechenegs, Kievan Prince Yaroslav the Wise prayed to Virgin Mary and promised that, if he received divine help against the enemy, he would build a monument as a token of his gratitude. Upon his victorious return from the battle, Yaroslav kept his promise and built the...   view more
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Opera House

6) Opera House (must see)

The dawn of the Ukrainian opera came in 1867 when Ferdinand Berger staged the first opera show in Kiev. He also succeeded at bringing into the country famous opera singers and musicians to form a local troupe. The latter would perform regularly at the city theater until 1897, when a great fire destroyed most of the building.

Immediately after the fire, the municipal authorities announced architectural contest for a new opera house to be built. The winner, Neoclassical-style project by Victor...   view more
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Bessarabsky Indoor Market

7) Bessarabsky Indoor Market (must see)

The Bessarabsky (Bessarabian) Market lends its name to the square it lies upon, at the south-western end of Khreshchatyk in Kiev. The indoor market provides commercial space for local farmers and agricultural producers. It was built between 1910 and 1912 by architects Gai and Bobrusov, with the exterior designed by students of the famous architect, F. Balavensky. At the time of its inauguration, the market featured 31 shops and 165 stalls. Today, it contains 387 stalls and 59 outlets fitted with...   view more
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Kiev City Council

8) Kiev City Council

The Kiev Rada (City Council) is the seat of the local municipal government. The current law allows citizens of Kiev to elect their representatives into the City Council, pursuant to which 120 people are delegated every five years to regulate the city's affairs.

The Council headquarters is housed in a 10 story neoclassic Stalinist-style building, which is located on Khreschatyk, the central artery of Kiev and its commercial, administrative and cultural hub. The Council building was...   view more
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Maidan Souvenir Shopping

9) Maidan Souvenir Shopping

Maidan is not only a historic site, but also an ideal spot for shopping. There is a little outdoor market where numerous Ukrainian, Russian and Soviet souvenirs can be found. The goods from the street are usually far cheaper than those in boutiques and shops. The Independence Square hosts tables with Ukrainian symbols on magnets, shirts, flags, wooden eggs and other...   view more
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Maidan Nezalezhnosti

10) Maidan Nezalezhnosti (must see)

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the Ukrainian for “Independence Square”, is the place which lies at the heart of Kiev. This is by far the most important and grandest square of the Ukrainian capital which has been a part of the city scape since the 10th century and seen its progression over time. In the course of the centuries, the square, much as its name, has changed a lot, without detriment to its spirit, though. Originally, the place was called Perevisyshch. Later, in the 18th century, it became...   view more
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Kreschyatik Street

11) Kreschyatik Street (must see)

Khreshchatyk is the main street of Kiev and a definite must see for any guest of the city wanting to feel the rhythm of the Ukrainian capital. The street extends for about one kilometre and, together with its famous Independence Square, forms a local equivalent to Parisian Champs Elysée. Khreshchatyk houses many official buildings, including the City Executive Board, the National Television Committee and the Ukraine House exposition hall, and is also home to a number of swish restaurants and...   view more
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October Palace

12) October Palace

The October Palace is a concert hall and a place where cultural events are held regularly. The palace was built at the turn of the 20th century to a design by Vikentiy Beretti, and initially hosted Institut Blagorodnyh Devits (the Noble Maidens School). After the 1917 Revolution, the building was taken over by a new government and used as the headquarters of ChK (the secret service, forefather of the KGB). It was here, during the Bolshevik period, that as many as 120,000 people - mostly...   view more
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The House With Chimeras

13) The House With Chimeras (must see)

The House with Chimeras is probably one of the most spectacular architectural sights in Kiev. Sitting on top of a hill, on unstable ground, the house was meant to shock, intrigue and please the eye in a manner previously unseen in the city. Known as “Gaudi of Kiev”, architect Gorodetsky took on this challenging project as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create something “out of the box”. In 1902 he delivered a plan that defied all the architectonic beliefs of the century.

Made of...   view more
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National Bank of Ukraine

14) National Bank of Ukraine

The National Bank of Ukraine is the central financial institution of the country. Its main function is to uphold the national financial system by keeping Ukraine’s currency stable. The bank was founded in 1839, as a branch of the the State Commerce Bank (of the then Russian Empire) and, since 1992, has functioned as an independent financial institution.

The National Bank is located at Institutska Street, no. 9, inside the building architected by O. Kobolyev. The exterior was done by O....   view more
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Verhovna Rada

15) Verhovna Rada

Verkhovna Rada is Ukraine's parliament. It was first established in 1938 as the national parliament of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Verkhovna Rada meets in a neo-classical building on Kiev's Hrushevskoho Street. The building adjoins a picturesque park and the 18th century Mariyinsky Palace, designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, which serves as the official residence of the President of Ukraine. After the transfer of the capital of the Ukrainian SSR from Kharkiv to Kiev in 1934,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mariinski Palace

16) Mariinski Palace (must see)

The Mariinsky Palace in Kiev was built between 1750 and 1755 to a design by one of the most popular Italian architects working in Russia at the time, Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Meant as a private residence for Empress Elizabeth, the palace was sited on a hilly bank of the Dnieper river, near the present Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament). The Baroque style complex has a symmetrical composition, with a two story main building facing Mariinsky Park and two single story buildings on each of the...   view more
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Mariinsky Park

17) Mariinsky Park (must see)

Mariinsky Park is one of the largest green spaces in Kiev, venerated by many as the city's “soul.” The 8.9 hectare English-style park was commissioned in 1874 by Maria Alexandrovna, spouse of Emperor Alexander II, on a former military ground, and was laid out by O.G. Nedzelskiy. Later, shrubs and ornamental trees had been planted all over the territory. Some of them have survived WWII and can still be admired in the park. During 1918-1920, the place was used as a memorial ground for...   view more

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

The Pechorsky district is one of the most interesting and picturesque sites in Kiev. Its southern section has several important monuments, sites and monasteries. The Botanical Garden occupies a big chunk of the Pechorsky district and includes some other hot spots listed in the current guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev is a big city and consequently, the shopping area is a huge one. It is completely on par with other European capitals in the area of malls, shops and markets. Kiev is not only rich in international brands, but it is also a very enticing spot for tourists as it offers numerous works of art, folk accessories and clothes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Some sources say that Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra (Sichnevogo Povstannya Street, 25) was initiated in 1051, when Reverend Anthony arrived there. He, together with some of his followers, built an entire complex composed of caves and monasteries. When the monks moved to a monastery which is on Lavra's territory, the caves were utilized as burial sites. Nowadays it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Religious Tour of Kiev

Religious Tour of Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km

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