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Kiev or Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ), is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River.
The population as of the 2001 census was 2,611,300. However, higher numbers have been cited in the press.
Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks.
The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.
The name Kiev is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of four legendary founders of the city (brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and sister Lybid’). During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity.
The city may have been founded in the 5th century as a trading post, perhaps part of the land of the early Slavs. It gradually acquired eminence as the centre of the East Slavic civilization, becoming in the tenth to twelfth centuries a political and cultural capital of Rus’, a medieval East Slavic state.
Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come. It was a provincial capital of marginal importance in the outskirts of the territories controlled by its powerful neighbors: first the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, followed by Poland and Russia.
The city prospered again during the Russian industrial revolution in the late 19th century. After the turbulent period following the Russian Revolution of 1917, from 1921 onwards Kiev was an important city of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, and, from 1934, its capital.
During World War II, the city again suffered significant damage, but quickly recovered in the post-war years remaining the third largest city of the Soviet Union. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian independence of 1991, Kiev remained the capital of Ukraine.
The first photo which i made outside of Kiev Railway Station 🙂
Kiev Passenger Railway Station (Ukrainian: "Київ-Пасажирський", Kyiv-Passazhyrs’kyi)
Vokzalna (Ukrainian: Вокзальна, Russian: Вокзальная,Vokzalnaya) is a station on Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line
Inside of Vokzalna
Some nice ducks on the river
Watermelons from Kherson (Херсон)
Livoberezhna metro station (Ukrainian: Лівобережна, Russian: Левобережная, Levoberezhnaya)
Metrowagonmash subway train (Russian: ОАО "Метровагонмаш")
Arsenalna metro station is the deepest station in the world (102 metres)
Ukrainian Super Turbo Solar 🙂
Soviet monument near Arsenalna subway station
A support message for Ukraine and Ukrainians from Patriarch Kirill I, or Cyril I, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since February 1, 2009.
Gate Church of the Trinity (Pechersk Lavra)
Great Lavra Belltower (Ukrainian: Велика Лаврська дзвіниця, Russian: Большая Лаврская колокольня)
The guide panel from the entrance to the complex
Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian: Києво-Печерська лавра, Kyievo-Pechers’ka lavra; Russian: Киево-Печерская лавра, Kievo-Pecherskaya lavra), also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev, Ukraine. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015.
From close distance
The same Cathedral (Cathedral of the Dormition)
The Dormition Cathedral was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed
Other photo with the Cathedral
The tunnel with Christian souvenirs
Other popular souvenirs
A view from the back of the Cathedral
This beautiful street is full of honey products
A graffito with Dinamo Kiev footbal team (Ukrainian: ФК Динамо Київ, FK Dynamo Kyyiv)
A subway tunnel of Kiev Metro
Poshtova Ploshcha subway station (Ukrainian: Поштова площа; Russian: Почтовая площадь, Pochtovaya ploschad)
The entrance to the station
Kiev funicular ((Ukrainian: Київський фунікулер, Russian: Киевский фуникулёр). Wheel width: 100 cm. Total track length: 238 meters.
The wagon from funicular
The system's two track sidings
Inside of wagon
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство закордонних справ України).
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev (Собор Святої Софії); XI century
The statue of Bohdan Khmelnytsky in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine.
The grave of Patriarch Volodymyr (Romaniuk) (Romaniuk Vasiliy Emelianovitch) (1925 – July 14, 1995) was the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy from 1993 to 1995.
Souvenir Penny in the garden of Saint Sophia Cathedral 🙂
The panel from the entrance with prices for visitors and program
The belltower of the Saint Sophia
Inside of belltower
Other view of the Cathedral
National History Museum of Ukraine
Other graffito with Dinamo Kiev near to Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Верховна Рада України; English: Supreme Council of Ukraine) is Ukraine's parliament.
Dacia car in Kiev 🙂
House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House (Ukrainian: Будинок з химерами)
The building of the Presidential Secretariat is near to the House with Chimaeras
Khreshchatyk subway station of Kiev Metro
I made this photo near to the Independence Square
The monument of Berehynia from Independence Square "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності
The base of monument
Hotel Ukraina (Ukrainian: Готель Україна; Russian: Гостиница Украина) from the Independence Square
Flood in Independence Square 🙂
The Golden Gate of Kiev (Ukrainian: Золоті ворота, Zoloti vorota) constructed by Yaroslav the Wise (c. 978 in Kiev - February 20, 1054 in Kiev)
The monument from the The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum (Ukrainian: Українськии національний музей "Чорнобиль")
The panel from the entrance
A device for measure the level of radiation into the museum
Map of radioactive contamination of animals
A sculpture devoted to memory of the helicopter's Mil Mi-8 crew
A map with radioactive contamination after the Chernobyl disaster
Costumes of Liquidators, approximately 800,000 people who were in charge of the removal of the consequences of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl disaster on the site of the event.
Toys of the kids from Prypiat
A display of road signs for various settlements near Chernobyl. Abandoned areas inside the "Zone of alienation" are struck out with a pink slash.