Kiev (Ukraine)

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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.

Source: Wikipedia

The first photo which i made outside of Kiev Railway Station :)

The first photo which i made outside of Kiev Railway Station 🙂

Kiev Passenger Railway Station (Ukrainian: "Київ-Пасажирський", Kyiv-Passazhyrs’kyi)

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

Vokzalna (Ukrainian: Вокзальна, Russian: Вокзальная,Vokzalnaya) is a station on Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line

Inside of Vokzalna

Inside of Vokzalna

Dnieper River

Dnieper River

Some nice ducks on the river

Some nice ducks on the river

Waterlillies (Nymphaea)

Waterlillies (Nymphaea)

Mailbox (Поштa)

Mailbox (Поштa)

Watermelons from Kherson (Ukrainian and Russian: Херсон)

Watermelons from Kherson (Херсон)

Livoberezhna metro station

Livoberezhna metro station (Ukrainian: Лівобережна, Russian: Левобережная, Levoberezhnaya)

Metrowagonmash subway train (Russian: ОАО "Метровагонмаш")

Metrowagonmash subway train (Russian: ОАО "Метровагонмаш")

Arsenalna metro station is the deepest station in the world (102 metres)

Arsenalna metro station is the deepest station in the world (102 metres)

solar

Ukrainian Super Turbo Solar 🙂

monument comunist

Soviet monument near Arsenalna subway station

patriarch

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)

Gate Church of the Trinity (Pechersk Lavra)

Great Lavra Belltower (Ukrainian: Велика Лаврська дзвіниця, Russian: Большая Лаврская колокольня)

Great Lavra Belltower (Ukrainian: Велика Лаврська дзвіниця, Russian: Большая Лаврская колокольня)

The guide panel from the entrance to the complex

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.

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.

The same Cathedral

From close distance

The same Cathedral (Cathedral of the Dormition)

The same Cathedral (Cathedral of the Dormition)

The Dormition Cathedral was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed

The Dormition Cathedral was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed

Other photo with the Cathedral

Other photo with the Cathedral

The tunnel with Christian souvenirs

The tunnel with Christian souvenirs

Other popular souvenirs

Other popular souvenirs

A view from the back of the Cathedral

A view from the back of the Cathedral

This beautiful street is full of honey products

This beautiful street is full of honey products

A graffito with Dinamo Kiev footbal team (Ukrainian: ФК Динамо Київ, FK Dynamo Kyyiv)

A graffito with Dinamo Kiev footbal team (Ukrainian: ФК Динамо Київ, FK Dynamo Kyyiv)

A subway tunnel of Kiev Metro

A subway tunnel of Kiev Metro

Poshtova Ploshcha subway station (Ukrainian: Поштова площа; Russian: Почтовая площадь, Pochtovaya ploschad)

Poshtova Ploshcha subway station (Ukrainian: Поштова площа; Russian: Почтовая площадь, Pochtovaya ploschad)

The entrance to the station

The entrance to the station

Kiev funicular ((Ukrainian: Київський фунікулер, Russian: Киевский фуникулёр). Wheel width: 100 cm. Total track length: 238 meters.

Kiev funicular ((Ukrainian: Київський фунікулер, Russian: Киевский фуникулёр). Wheel width: 100 cm. Total track length: 238 meters.

The wagon from funicular

The wagon from funicular

The system's two track sidings

The system's two track sidings

Inside of wagon

Inside of wagon

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство закордонних справ України).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство закордонних справ України).

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev (Собор Святої Софії); XII century

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 statue of Bohdan Khmelnytsky in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine.

Patriarch Volodymyr (Romaniuk) (Romaniuk Vasiliy Emelianovitch) (1925 – July 14, 1995) was the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy from 1993 to 1995.

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 :)

Souvenir Penny in the garden of Saint Sophia Cathedral 🙂

The panel from the entrance with prices for visitors and program

The panel from the entrance with prices for visitors and program

The belltower of the Saint Sophia

The belltower of the Saint Sophia

Inside of the belltower

Inside of belltower

Other view of the Cathedral

Other view of the Cathedral

National History Museum of Ukraine

National History Museum of Ukraine

Other graffito with Dinamo Kiev near to Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

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.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Верховна Рада України; English: Supreme Council of Ukraine) is Ukraine's parliament.

Dacia car in Kiev :)

Dacia car in Kiev 🙂

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House (Ukrainian: Будинок з химерами)

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House (Ukrainian: Будинок з химерами)

The building of the Presidential Secretariat is near to the House with Chimaeras

The building of the Presidential Secretariat is near to the House with Chimaeras

Khreshchatyk subway station of Kiev Metro

Khreshchatyk subway station of Kiev Metro

I made this photo near to the Independence Square

I made this photo near to the Independence Square

The monument of Berehynia from Independence Square "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності

The monument of Berehynia from Independence Square "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності

The base of monument

The base of monument

Hotel Ukraina (Ukrainian: Готель Україна; Russian: Гостиница Украина) from the Independence Square

Hotel Ukraina (Ukrainian: Готель Україна; Russian: Гостиница Украина) from the Independence Square

Flood in 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 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 monument from the The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum (Ukrainian: Українськии національний музей "Чорнобиль")

The panel from the entrance

The panel from the entrance

A device for measure the level of radiation into the museum

A device for measure the level of radiation into the museum

Map of radioactive contamination of animals

Map of radioactive contamination of animals

A sculpture devoted to memory of the helicopter's Mi-8 crew

A sculpture devoted to memory of the helicopter's Mil Mi-8 crew

A map with radioactive contamination after the Chernobyl disaster

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.

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.

Other costumes

Other costumes

The effects...

The effects...

Toys of the kids from Prypiat

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.

A display of road signs for various settlements near Chernobyl. Abandoned areas inside the "Zone of alienation" are struck out with a pink slash.

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Budapest (Hungary)

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary, it serves as the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation cente and is considered an important hub in Central Europe.

In 2008, Budapest had 1,702,297 inhabitants, down from a mid-1980s peak of 2.1 million.

The Budapest Commuter Area (or Greater Budapest) is home to 3,271,110 people.The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of right-bank Buda and Óbuda with left-bank Pest.

Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement, was the direct ancestor of Budapest, becoming the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia.

Magyars arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241-42. The re-established town became one of the centers of Renaissance humanist culture in the 15th century.

Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, development of the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became an alpha world city after the 1873 unification.

It also became the second capital of Austria-Hungary, a great power that dissolved in 1918. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, the Battle of Budapest of 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in Europe.

Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The collections of the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts are also significant.

The city ranked 3rd (out of 65 cities) on Mastercard’s Emerging Markets Index (2008), and ranked as the most livable Central/Eastern European city on EIU’s quality of life index (2009).

It attracts over 20 million visitors a year. The headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the first foreign office of the CIPA will be in Budapest.

Source: Wikipedia

Inside of train, at Budapest Metro (old subway)

Inside of train, at Budapest Metro (old subway)

"Churches" room from House of Terror (1st floor)

"Churches" room from House of Terror (1st floor)

"Everyday Life" room from the same floor

"Everyday Life" room from the same floor

"Gulag" room from the second floor

"Gulag" room from the second floor

"The Fifties" room from the same floor

"The Fifties" room from the same floor

T-54/55 Russian tank from groundfloor

T-54/55 Russian tank from groundfloor

At the entrance (fascism vs communism)

At the entrance (fascism vs communism)

On the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, over Danube

On the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, over Danube

The funnicular from down

The funnicular from down

The funnicular from up

The funnicular from up

The Danube viewed from the Castle Hill

The Danube viewed from the Castle Hill

Hungarian lash, for their masochist tradition

Hungarian lash, for their masochist tradition

At the Castle Hill, in right is Buda (Obuda)

At the Castle Hill, in right is Buda (Obuda)

Obuda from the Castle Hill

Obuda from the Castle Hill

At the Castle Hill

At the Castle Hill

Buda Castle Ruins

Buda Castle Ruins

The same ruins

The same ruins

Near to the castle

Near to the castle

in the same location, just before starting a rain

in the same location, just before starting a rain

Ticket machine at subway (old subway)

Ticket machine at subway (old subway)

Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), at the end of Andrássy Avenue (with which it comprises part of an extensive World Heritage site), next to City Park

Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), at the end of Andrássy Avenue (with which it comprises part of an extensive World Heritage site), next to City Park

Communist prison cell at House of Terror

Communist "Reconstructed Prison Cells" at House of Terror (basement)

"Hall of Tears" room at basement

"Hall of Tears" room at basement

The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular or Budavári Sikló (Length: 95 metres, Height: 51 metres, Cars: 2, Capacity: 24 passengers per car). Program: 07.30 to 22.00 each day

The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular or Budavári Sikló (Length: 95 metres, Height: 51 metres, Cars: 2, Capacity: 24 passengers per car). Program: 07.30 to 22.00 each day

Inside of Fortuna Boat Hotel (Youth Hostel). Prices: 30 Euro a room with two beds (Off-season) Official website: www.fortunahajo.hu

Inside of Fortuna Boat Hotel (Youth Hostel). Prices: 30 Euro a room with two beds (Off-season) Official website: http://www.fortunahajo.hu

The hotel from outside

The hotel from outside

The Danube near to the hotel

The Danube near to the hotel

The Mall

Other photo with WestEnd City Center

WestEnd City Center

WestEnd City Center

Fountain in the frot of West End Mall

Fountain in the front of WestEnd City Center

Near to the Danube :)

Near to the Danube 🙂

Subway

Subway

City Park with Vajdahunyad Castle

City Park with Vajdahunyad Castle