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St. Andrew’s Church, located on St. Andrew’s Hill in Kyiv, is an Orthodox church named after Andrew the Apostle and built in the Baroque style by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754.

The church stands on the steep right bank of the Dnieper River, overlooking the historical part of Kyiv – Podil. St. Andrew’s Descent that goes down from the church connects the upper and the lower parts of the city. This is one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Kyiv. Photos by: Aleksey Novik.

St. Andrew Church, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

walk around the church

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Dec/16

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The Golden Gates of Kyiv

The Golden Gates of Kyiv is one of the few monuments of defense architecture of the ancient Russian state (Kievan Rus).

Construction of the gates was mentioned in chronicles during the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, in 1037. This fortress-tower was the main ceremonial entrance to Kyiv. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Golden Gates of Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

the Golden Gates of Kyiv from above

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Nov/16

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House of the Weeping Widow in Kyiv

The house of the “weeping widow” (sometimes called “Arshavsky House”) is a building in Kyiv, an architectural monument of local importance, situated at Liuteranska Street, 23 (the corner with Bankova Street).

The building was constructed in the style of early modernism by the architect Eduard-Ferdinand Bradtman at the expense of the merchant Sergei Arshavsky in the summer of 1908. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

House of the Weeping Widow, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

one of the architectural symbols of Kyiv

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The Antonov An-225 “Mriya” (meaning “dream” in Ukrainian) is the largest and heaviest aircraft that ever flew in the sky. Maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 640 tons.

The reason for construction of the An-225 was the need to create an air transport system for the Soviet space shuttle “Buran”. The plane exists in a single copy. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

An-225 Mriya aircraft, Ukraine, photo 1

impressive aircraft

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Nov/16

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St. Cyril Church in Kyiv

St. Cyril Church in Kyiv, built in the mid-12th century, is one of the oldest surviving churches on the former territory of the ancient state of Kievan Rus. St. Cyril Monastery is located to the north-west of the historic center of ancient Kyiv (Oleny Telihy Street, 12).

After the collapse of Kievan Rus, the church was repeatedly repaired and rebuilt. Four domes on the sides were completed in the 17th century. In 1734, after a fire, St. Cyril’s Church was reconstructed in the Ukrainian Baroque style. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. Cyril Church, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over St. Cyril Church

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House with Chimeras, also known as Horodecki House, is an amazing brick building in the Art Nouveau style, an object of cultural heritage located in Kyiv.

The house got its name because of the unique sculptural decoration placed both on the facade of the house and inside it (land and underwater fauna, hunting attributes, fabulous creatures). Photos by: Igor Golovach.

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

explore this architectural monument

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Oct/16

23

Let’s take a walk in the center of Kyiv

Kyiv is the capital and largest city of Ukraine located in the north of the central part of the country, on the Dnieper River. This is the seventh most populous city in Europe after Moscow, Istanbul, London, St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Madrid.

Due to its importance as a historical center of ancient Rus, Kyiv is often called the “mother of Russian towns.” The city is rich in monuments of culture and art, a lot of them are located in the city center. Photos by: maxiwell83.

Church of Archangel Michael at St. Michael’s Square.

In the center of Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

explore the center of Kyiv

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St. Vladimir Patriarchal Cathedral (1862-1882) is an Orthodox cathedral located in Kyiv (Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, 20). It is a monument of neo-Byzantine architecture topped with seven domes.

The leading artists of the Russian Empire worked on the decoration of the cathedral. Today, it is the main temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. Vladimir Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful cathedral

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Jul/16

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Kyiv as an open-air art gallery

Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is gradually transformed into an open-air art gallery. More than 100 murals, created by international stars of street art, appeared on the buildings of the city, and this number will double in the near future.

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall or other large permanent surface, the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. Photos by: Novoye Vremya.

Academician Vernadsky Boulevard, 87

Kyiv murals street art, Ukraine, photo 1

fine examples of Kyiv street art

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Jun/16

13

Kyiv from a height of drone flight

A nice video showing the beauty of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, from a height of drone flight. You can see quite a lot of the city’s sights from above.

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