The most beautiful sightseeing places in Kiev, Ukraine (Part 1)
I love Kiev! 🙂 I was born here and studied at the University of Linguistics. I guess that Kiev is one of the most scenic and historically rich places in Eastern Europe. I think that even travelers with no previous exposure to this country’s architecture, culture, and natural landscapes will be very glad they made the trip.
I wrote a short article about Kiev already (s. here: “Kiev – the city of beautiful women”). However, the article does not give enough information to understand how this city is wonderful and tremendous. Today, I tell you, dear Gentlemen, about the most beautiful and interesting sightseeing places in Kiev.
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As with many countries that were once part of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine has spent the past couple of decades forming a unique identity. A visit to Kiev would not be complete without experiencing landmarks such as the Mother Motherland monument, the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Khreshchatyk Square, and the historic district of Andrew’s Descent.
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The Mother Motherland monument
The Mother Motherland bird’s eye view of Kiev is in my opinion an experience to always remember. This monument is a statue of a woman holding a sword and shield symbolizing the Soviet victory during what Westerners know as the Eastern front of the Second World War.
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Ukrainians know it as the Great Patriotic War and still view it as a memorial to both soldiers and civilians lost in that war. I think that a visit to the Mother Motherland presents a different point of view about another nation’s experience of World War II; it is a step away from the one-sided view of history that many of us learn in school.
An ascent to the top of the Mother Motherland statue may be dizzying to some, but I believe it is worth the effort. 🙂 Unlike some other famous statue bird’s eye views, stairs are nowhere to be found. Visitors reach the top viewing area by way of narrow elevator shafts and ladders inside the monument that end at round manholes.
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It takes a certain amount of physical strength to pull oneself through the manholes, but the breath-taking view is worth it. Safety harnesses are also provided for everyone, and viewers have the options of climbing to platforms at the top of the statue’s shield or at several other points along the way up.
To be continued…
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