Zoloti Vorota

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Zoloti Vorota information

Kyiv , Ukraine
Address
Street vul Volodymyrska
Getting there
metro Zoloti Vorota
Prices
admission 10uah
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Lonely Planet review

Part of Kyiv's fortifications during the rule of Yaroslav the Wise, the famous Zoloti Vorota sounds much better than it looks, but the summer patio around the fountain out the front is a great place to have a drink. Erected in 1037 and modelled on Constantinople's Golden Gate, this was the main entrance into the ancient city, with ramparts stretching out from both sides. However, the gate was largely destroyed in the 1240 Mongol sacking of Kyiv, and what you see today is a 1982 reconstruction that encloses whatever remains of the original. The statue to the side is of Yaroslav, although people call it 'monument to the Kyiv cake' – you'll understand why when you see it.