What comes into your mind when you heard the word “Kiev”? Tasty Chicken Kiev, FC Dynamo Kyiv, or its unique history? Have you ever thought about travelling to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, the city full of memories?
Orthodox churches are the most significant landmark in Kiev. You wouldn’t want to miss St. Sophia’s Cathedral. It is the oldest church in Kiev, built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. With its iconic green and gold onion-shaped dome, it is definitely one of the cutest churches in Kiev. It was once conference centre to hold meetings with foreign diplomats, and now became an architecture history museum.
Kiev Pechersk Lavra (also known as Cave Monastery) sits on a hill above Dnipro River. You can easily recognise it by its golden domes. Founded in 1051, the monastery not only retains its religious purpose, but is also a museum of history and culture. You can easily identify its golden dome even from a distance. But tourists do not just come here to see the gorgeous dome. Under the building compound, deep in the Near Caves, you can find bodies of monks sleeping peacefully. If you want to go into the cave, you must pass through tiny passageways with dim light. Upon entering, ladies must cover their hair and gentlemen must not wear T-shirts.
Not far from town, you can also pay a visit to Pripyat, which is next to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. After the accident in 1986, Pripyat was completely evacuated. It was re-opened for visitors in 2011, accompanied by certified travel agency. Other than wandering between the remains, you may also visit the only resident still living in the area after the accident.
Official language: Ukrainian
Time zone: UTC+2(Summer: UTC+3)