Kiev Daily Life (Self Guided), Kiev

Kiev is a city with numerous interesting and intriguing places to visit during the day. Some of them are old and preserve hundreds of years of history and some are brand new and modern. Kiev itself is a city full of contradictions, thus making it more interesting.
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Kiev Daily Life Map

Guide Name: Kiev Daily Life
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Verhovna Rada
  • Maidan Nezalezhnosti
  • Kiev City Council
  • Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama
  • Bessarabsky Indoor Market
  • Arena City
  • Taras Shevchenko University
  • Shota Rustavelli Park
  • Palace of Sports
Verhovna Rada

1) 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, a whole set of government buildings was planned for the city. In 1936, a contest for the construction of the new parliament building was won by architect Volodymyr Zabolotny. Construction for the original building was done from 1936-38. Having been destroyed in the Second World War, the building was reconstructed in its original style in 1945-1947, with the glass dome being rebuilt one metre higher than the original one.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maidan Nezalezhnosti

2) 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 known as Kozyne Boloto (Goat's Swamp) and remained vacant until the mid 19th century, when it took the name of Khrestshchatitskaya Ploshchad. At the end of the 19th century, the square was renamed Dumskaya Ploshchad (Parliament Square) and in 1919 - Soviet Square.

The current name, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, originated in 1991, reflecting the newly acquired independence of the Ukrainian state. For some locals, however, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or simply Maidan, has gone down in history as the place of protest against the reportedly rigged presidential elections of 2004.

Today, Maidan is dominated by the statue of Archangel Michael, spiritual patron of Kiev, which is surrounded by many fountains and seedbeds. Historic buildings, flanking the square, add a great deal of charm to it, with the main attractions being just steps away, making Maidan an ideal retreat for tourists and locals who seek to rediscover the beauty of the nation's capital.
Kiev City Council

3) 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 erected in the 1950s and features brick façade with artificial stone décor in its lower part. The upper section is embellished with stone carved decorations.

It was here that the first ceremony of raising a flag of the newly established Ukrainian state took place on July 24th, 1990. Two years later, the yellow-blue bi-colour was adopted as Ukraine's national flag and the day of July 24th was officially recognized as the National Day of Flag.
Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama

4) Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama

The Lesya Ukrainka Theater is a drama theater located in the old part of Kiev, at the convergence of Pushkinskaya and Bogdana Khmelnitskogo Streets, just a few steps from Khreschatyk, Kiev’s main street. The history of this theater, initially named Ivan Franko, commenced in 1891, when the first drama show was staged here. In 1919, the theater was reorganized and changed its name, only to be closed down several months later. In 1920, it resumed activity and in 1926 was made the Russian State Drama Theater. In 1941, it was renamed again, this time to the Theater of Russian Drama, and continued as such until the beginning of World War II, shortly after which it was disbanded. The theater got back in business in 1944 and in 1966 received the status of an “academic theater”.

Since 1994, the theater has been conducted by Michael Reznikovich, a theatrical maître of honorable title, the People's Artist of Ukraine. In the course of years, many famous actors, both national and international, have performed here. Known for its traditionalist approach, the theater allows no much room for experimental productions. Visitors to the Lesya Ukrainka, apart from the masterly performed dramas, can enjoy a collection of artifacts revealing its glorious past.
Bessarabsky Indoor Market

5) 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 refrigerators for perishable goods.

Other than selling fresh produce - fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, - the market also provides space for service providers. It has a barbershop, a sewing workshop, shoe repairs, a wedding store and foreign exchange.

The name “Bessarabsky” derives from the large Bessarabian community (nowadays known as Moldovans) who used to come here often, long before the market was built, and sold their crops. Today, the market is a convenient place to buy food much as it is to meet local folk, representative of all strata of the Ukrainian society.

Operation hour: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 8 pm
Arena City

6) Arena City

The Arena City is a top-notch entertainment complex situated on Khreshchatyk Street, right behind the Bessarabskiy Market. The facility comprises a beer house, which brews four types of beer (unfiltered, filtered, dark and wheat); a cabaret bar; a karaoke bar with four rooms for those who wish to show off their singing talents; a restaurant with live music, serving local and international cuisine; and a sports arena where fans come regularly to cheer for their favourite teams and athletes. By far the most popular section in the Arena is a night club and concert plaza. The night club is the largest in Kiev and most elaborate, inspired by some of the best international analogues. Here you can spot many local VIPs, mingling after hard day's work, and enjoy mixes by some of the top DJs in the world. Tiesto, IdaCorr, 50Cent, Deep Dish, Benny Benassi and Bob Sinclair, to mention but a few, all have, one time or the other, blessed the place with their presence and heated up the atmosphere in the Arena Dance Club. The Arena Concert Plaza can seat up to 2,000-2,500 spectators.

The Arena City is frequented mostly by upper class Kievans and those well-to-do tourists who wish to try the best of the local entertainment facilities.
Taras Shevchenko University

7) Taras Shevchenko University

Kiev National University (KNU), aka Taras Shevchenko's University, is the third oldest and most academically acclaimed institution for higher education in Ukraine. It offers tuition in 15 faculties and five institutes to over 20,000 students.

KNU was established in 1834 by order of Nicolai I, Emperor of Russia, and was named initially Saint Vladimir's University, in honour of the monarch who baptised Kievan Rus. Upon inauguration, the university had only one faculty - of Philosophy - with two departments: the department of History and Philology; and the department of Physics and Mathematics. Later, several more faculties were added, including the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Law. In 1939, the university was named Taras Shevchenko, after the great national poet and artist who once taught at and greatly contributed to KNU's development. Among the university's famous alumni are Mikhail Bulgakov, Nikolay Bunge, Nikolai Berdyaev, Mykhailo Drahomanov, Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, Viacheslav Chornovil, Leonid Kravchuk and Oksana Zabuzhko.

The university occupies a four story building, painted the distinct red; hence its nickname – the Red University. The colour was chosen by students as a sign of protest and a reminder to Tsar Nicholas II of the Ukrainian soldiers killed in World War I.
Shota Rustavelli Park

8) Shota Rustavelli Park

The Shota Rustavelli Park's opening took place in 2007. A competition for the best project was organized and the winners were Volodymir Imerlishvily and Nikolay Gyauri - sculptors. A talented architect, David Yakobshvili, also won the contest. The design of the park is very special; it consists of rock chairs and sculptures. Shota Rustavelly, the author of the famous "The Knight in the Panther's Skin", in memory of whom this park was created, was a great Georgian poet and philosopher.
Palace of Sports

9) Palace of Sports

The Palace of Sports was constructed in 1960, marking Ukrainian constructivist architecture. It hosts the best concerts and sporting events. The most famous singers and bands have performed here. Even the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 took place in the Palace of Sports; this attests to its importance. Exhibitions and fairs are also often organized here. The venue can seat up to 60,000 people.

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