Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and I had the opportunity to go in 1997, six years after they gained independence from Russia . I was there about three weeks volunteering at the Archaeological Museum in Pereyaslav, a village about four hours away from the capital. My hope, at that time, was to find a country for so many years been under Communism and was excited about the future.
In Kiev I was surprised that there were almost no tourists and I was amazed because the beauty of the city was breathtaking. Just at that time, they were restoring many of the historic buildings that had been destroyed by previous rulers of their country. Even then, you could see the immense tourism potential of this great country and I highly recommend a visit. In Kiev, visitors will find a large city of about 3 million people. The area is very green as it is full of trees and has a large park. It is, thus, a very nice city to visit and to get to know walking around. Also, there are many English churches to see, much of them are Orthodox. Their golden domes are visible from various parts of the city.
The statue of the Russian mother forms part of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev.
Here is some Trivia:
1) It measures 62 meters tall
2) Its made of steel construction
3) the base measures 102 feet
4) It weighs 560 tons
5) She is holding sword in her right hand that is 16 feet long and weighs nine tons, while in the left hand has a shield with the emblem of the Soviet Union, which measures thirteen meters and weighs eight tons.
6) At dawn the sun illuminates her correnating the city
This monastery is home to churches, caves, underground tunnels, crypts and ecclesiastical objects, Historical Treasures Museum of Decorative Art, and Ukrainian printed books. There are several guides in various languages that go along with the tour, so communication will be smooth.
The stadium in Kiev, while not as impressive as others in Europe, is close to a large park and is dedicated to the memory of one of the most important figures of Ukrainian / Russian football, Colonel Valeriy Lobanovskyi. There are some statues, pictures and monuments here.
The church of San Michele and the monastery, built between 1108-1113, were demolished in Soviet times. Fortunately after independence, the structure was restored to its former glory, making it one of the most beautiful spots in the capital. It stands behind the square with the equestrian monument.
Taras Shevchenko was a Ukrainian poet and painter ve was born in the early 19th century, he boosted the use of the Ukrainian language making it a dialect of Russian. He was born a servant, ve then bought his freedom, so he is considered a revolutionary hero of Ukraine. The monument is surrounded by flowers, near the monument are festive celebrations. Many newlyweds go to lay flowers and make memorable wedding photos there as well. It is a symbol of Ukraine as a nation.
This cathedral was built by Prince Yaroslav in the first half of the eleventh century. When translated from Greek "Sophia" means wisdom. Because of that, the Sofia Cathedral in Kiev has become a symbol of light, wisdom and victory over the dark forces.
From the Dnipro subway station you can admire a beautiful view of the river that runs through Kiev or can walk to Idropark, with sandy beaches and plenty of amusement options. The high bridge is adorned with some Soviet statues.
There is a floating hotel on the Dnieper River in Kiev which offers its privileged clients the city's best views of the sunrise. Just a couple of barges down there's a Japanese restaurant with super friendly and smiley Belorussian servers. Unforgettable.
The list of things to see in Kiev begins with a visit to Independence Square, the epicenter of the city. From there, walk down Khreschatyk Street, one of the main streets of the capital, and one which leads to more of the top Kiev attractions. On that street, you can see many top international stores and it's one of the best places to visit in Kiev if you're in the mood for some shopping.
When asked what to do in Kiev, many locals recommend a visit to the enigmatic Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery, home to 150 monks who live away from the metropolitan hustle and bustle. This glorious building is one of the most beautiful attractions in Kiev and has over 1,000 years of history. Lovers of religious tourism will also have plenty of things to do in Kiev. For starters, pay a visit to Saint Sophia's Cathedral, which has ten beautifully-decorated dome. For many, it is the city's most beautiful church and one of the best Kiev activities. The quartet of religious attractions is completed by the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and St Andrew's Church, both with a reputation befitting of their beauty.
Finally, to the south of the Ukrainian capital, we find our last stop on our tour of stuff to do in Kiev: the Motherland Monument, a 100-meter tall statue located next to the Museum of the Second World War. It is an ode to the country's customs, culture and traditions. To end your trip, do not miss the opportunity to grab a drink on Andriivski Uzviz, a street celebrated for its hearty local cuisine.