Kiev through Krystyna’s eyes
I wrote already that I was in Kiev in March. Today I would like to present you my impressions of this wonderful city. I am sure you will love my Kiev, the capital of Ukraine! 🙂
Here is my photo report:
Kiev Pechersk Lavra: National Historic-Cultural Sanctuary / Monastery
Kiev Pechersk Lavra is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery which gave its name to one of the city districts where it is located in Kiev. The Kiev Pechersk Lavra is also one of the largest Ukrainian museums in Kiev. The exposition is the actual ensemble of the Upper (Near Caves) and Lower (Far Caves) Lavra territories that houses many architectural relics of the past. The collection within the churches and caves include articles of precious metal, prints, higher clergy portraits and rare church hierarchy photographs.
Pyrohiv in Kiev: Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine
Pyrohiv, also known as Pirogov (Russian), originally a village south of Kiev, is a neighborhood in the southern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital city. It is now home to an outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. Although the origin of the toponym is uncertain, pyrohiv is genitive plural form of the Ukrainian word for pie.
The territory of historic Pyrohiv now serves as the location of a 1.5-square-kilometre (370-acre) outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. Founded in 1969, the museum contains over 300 pieces of folk architecture brought here from all parts of Ukraine and carefully reassembled. The picturesque hill with several windmills is the museum centrepiece and the entire territory of the museum is divided into sectors, each representing the folk architecture and life of a specific Ukrainian region.
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is a functioning monastery in Kiev. The monastery is located on the right bank of the Dnieper River on the edge of a bluff northeast of the Saint Sophia Cathedral. The site is located in the historic administrative Uppertown and overlooks the city’s historical commercial and merchant quarter, the Podil neighbourhood.
The religious architecture of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery incorporates elements that have evolved from styles prevalent during Byzantine and Baroque periods. The St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral is the monastery’s main church, built in 1108–1113 at the behest of Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych. The cathedral was the largest of three churches of St. Demetrius Monastery.
Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky in Kiev
Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky in Kiev is a pompous monument to Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky, one of the most famous and outstanding Ukrainian historical and political leaders. This monument is one of the symbols of Kiev.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square)
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) is the central square of Kiev. One of the main city squares, it is located on the Khreschatyk Street. The square has been known under many different names, but it became known simply as the Maidan due to the political events that took place there in 2004 after the Ukrainian accession to independence.
“Maidan” literally translates from Ukrainian as square; coming from the Arabic word “meydan” which means area or square. It received its current name in 1991 in the aftermath of the Ukrainian accession to independence. Nezalezhnist (independence) commemorates the Ukrainian independence achieved in 1991 in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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