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Sights in Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev is the capital of the Ukraine and is home to nice museums, beautiful churches, monuments, and cultural institutions worth checking out.

  • Sophia’s Cathedral—the city’s oldest standing church with original mosaics and frescoes dating back to 1017-1031, gold domes, a high bell tower, cast-iron tile floors which date from the 18th century, and art galleries containing ancient icons and fragments of original frescoes rescued from St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery; pl. Sofiyska
  • Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra—a monastery with a collection of gold-domed churches founded in 1051 by the Greek St. Anthony that was a series of underground catacombs at the time where monks worshipped, studied, and lived and was destroyed by Tatars in 1240; it then went through a series of fires and renovations before being rebuilt in the 18th century and made a museum in 1926; vul. Lavrska 9
  • Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery—a gold-domed blue church named after Kiev’s patron saint with new cupolas installed in 2001 and a remodeled church built the same year after the original church built in 1108 was torn down by Soviets in 1937, the church includes a museum that explores the church’s history; vul. Tryokhsvyatytelska 6
  • Pinchuk Art Centre—a renowned gallery with rotating exhibits on modern European art and design financed by billionaire mogul Viktor Pinchuk with works by Antony Gormley, Damian Hirst, and Ai Weiwei; Arena Entertainment Complex, vul. Baseyna 2A
  • Rodina Mat—a statue of a female warrior inaugurated by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1981 with the site also including the Great Patriotic War Museum; vul. Lavrska 24
  • Izolyatsia—a series of art galleries featuring works by international and local artists that holds workshops, discussions, and presentations; vul. Naberezhno-Luhova 8
  • Khanenko Museum of Arts—a museum with the city’s greatest collection of European paintings by artists such as Bosch, Velasquez, and Rubens; an Eastern Art wing with Buddhist, Chinese, and Islamic art; and a Western Art wing with antique furniture, ancient Greek sculptures, porcelain ceramics, and paintings; vul. Tereschenkivska 15 and 17
  • Pyrohiv Museum of Folk Architecture—an open-air folk museum with 300 traditional structures moved from various parts of the country such as churches, cottages, farmsteads, and windmills; vul. Akademika Tronko
  • Chornobyl Museum—a museum that serves as a tribute to those that died after the explosion of Chornobyl on April 26, 1986 with signs representing cities evacuated from the area after the disaster and touch screens funded by the Japanese government that display every village evacuated and people who died after the explosion; prov. Khoryva 1
  • National Museum of Ukrainian History—a large modern museum which provides an overview of Ukraine’s past from the Stone Age to the eastern war with Russia with displays on modern Ukrainian revolutions and the war with Russia, a large collection of medieval armor, and a diorama of the city at the time of the Kyivan Rus; vul. Voldymyrska 2
  • National Art Museum—a museum situated within an historic neoclassical building that displays Ukrainian paintings from various eras including a collection of Ukrainian Avant Garde from the early 20th century and has nicely curated exhibitions; vul. Hrushevskoho 6
  • Holodomor Victims Memorial—a monument located at the end of Vichnoy Slavy Park that is dedicated to the 4 million victims of the induced famine caused by Soviet forces led by Stalin; vul. Ivana Mazepy 15A
  • Hryshko Botanical Gardens—a 130-hectare series of gardens with well-manicured plots; vul. Tymiryazevska 1
  • Museum of Microminiature—a museum that has microscopic creations by Russian artist Nikolai Siadristy such as the world’s smallest book; Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra
  • Museum of One Street—a museum that lays out the histories of buildings within the Andriyivsky uzviz neighborhood by detailing the lives of a rabbi, an Orientalist from Syria, a circus performer couple, and the Bulgakov family; Andryivsky uziz 2B
  • Historical Treasures Museum—a museum located behind the Dormition Cathedral that has a great collection of precious stones and metals found or made in the Ukraine including gold Scythian jewelry
  • Aviation Museum—an open-air museum with dozens of Soviet aircraft; vul Medova 1
  • Kyiv National Museum of Russian Art—a museum located within a Tsar-era mansion that has the largest collection of Russian artwork outside Moscow and St. Petersburg; vul. Tereschenkivska 9
  • Volodymyr’s Cathedral—a cathedral built in the late 19th century to commemorate 900 years of Orthodox Christianity in the city with a yellow exterior and seven blue domes and an interior featuring large murals with gold accents depicting scenes such as Volodymyr the Great’s baptism into Orthodox Christianity; bul. Tarasa Shevchenka 20
  • Fomin Botanical Gardens—landscaped gardens featuring a bronze statue dedicated to professors and students who died defending the city in World War II; vul. Tarasa Shevchenka
  • Friendship of Nations Monument—a parabolic monument that celebrates the unification in 1654 of Russia and Ukraine with an arch and an elevated plaza providing nice views of the Dnipro and Kiev’s left bank
  • Michael’s’ Monastery Museum—a museum that explores the history of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and is located in the monastery’s bell tower
  • National Museum of Literature of Ukraine—a museum that is located in the former main building of the Pavlo Galagan Collegium that provides an overview of the history of Ukrainian literature from the 9th century to the present; vul. Bohdana Khmelnytskoho 11
  • Ivan Honchar Museum—a museum that is dedicated to preserving Ukrainian folk culture and has permanent ethnographic exhibits of clothing, textiles, musical instruments, decorative Easter eggs, traditional art, and fashions; vul. Lavrska 19
  • Museum of Hetmanship—a museum dedicated to Ukrainian hetmans, military commanders of the Ukrainian Cossack State, with exhibits about the most famous of these commanders, Ivan Mazepa, Pylyp Orlyk, and Pavlo Skoropadsky; vul. Spaska 16B
  • Water Museum—a museum originally funded by the Dutch that is located in a 1980s water pump that allows visitors to take a walk through a rainwater collector or sit on a giant toilet and stand inside a bubble; vul. Hrushevskoho 1V
  • Church of Mykola Prytysk—the oldest structure in the Podil district that was built in 1631 and is surrounded by pastel colored brick buildings; vul. Khoryva 5A
  • Taras Shevchenko Memorial House Museum—a restored 19th century wooden house where the namesake major Ukrainian author lived that has drawings he made on ethnological expeditions of the country and gardens; prov. Tarasa Shevchenka 8A
  • Chocolate House—a neo-Renaissance mansion in the city’s affluent Lypky district built in 1901 that has sumptuous interiors with large rooms, sculptures, and meticulously carved Moorish ceilings and chandeliers; vul. Shovkovychna 17
  • Museum of Ukrainian Folk Decorative Arts—a museum located south of the Assumption Cathedral that has a large collection of clothes, carpets, jewelry, ceramics, and other items produced by Ukrainian craftsmen
  • Taras Shevchenko Museum—a spacious museum dedicated to Ukraine’s national poet that has interactive touchscreens, glass cases of first editions, and engravings of the poet
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