Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Kyiv

Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra

Tourists and Orthodox pilgrims alike flock to the Lavra. Set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River, the monastery's cluster of gold-domed churches is a feast for the eyes, the hoard of Scythian gold …
Top Choice Church in Kyiv

St Sophia's Cathedral

The interior is the most astounding aspect of Kyiv's oldest standing church. Many of the mosaics and frescoes are original, dating back to 1017–31, when the cathedral was built to celebrate Prince Yaroslav's victory…
Top Choice Square in Kyiv

Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Independent Ukraine has a short history, and pretty much all of it was written here. Popularly known as Maidan, the square was the site of pro-independence protests in the 1990s and the Orange Revolution in 2004. Bu…
Top Choice Monastery in Kyiv

St Michael's Monastery

Looking from St Sophia's past the Bohdan Khmelnytsky statue, it's impossible to ignore the gold-domed blue church at the other end of proyizd Volodymyrsky. This is St Michael's Gold-Domed Monastery, named after Kyiv…
Top Choice Memorial in Kyiv

Holodomor Memorial

At the far end of Vichnoy Slavy Park, centred around a Soviet-era war memorial, you will find a monument from an entirely different epoch. President Viktor Yushchenko's pet project, it is dedicated to almost four mi…
Top Choice Gallery in Kyiv

PinchukArtCentre

The rotating exhibits at this world-class gallery feature elite names in the world of European contemporary art and design, all financed by billionaire mogul Viktor Pinchuk. Works by world giants like Antony Gormley…
Top Choice Park in Kyiv

Central Botanical Gardens

The long, steep hill running along the Dnipro River from Olympic Stadium and Mariyinsky Palace to Rodina Mat continues south for several kilometres, eventually becoming the Central Botanical Gardens. The gardens' fa…
Historic Site in Kyiv

Andriyivsky Uzviz

According to legend, a man walked up the hill here, erected a cross and prophesied: 'A great city will stand on this spot'. That man was the Apostle Andrew, hence the name of Kyiv's quaintest thoroughfare, a steep c…
Museum in Kyiv

Chornobyl Museum

It's hard to convey the full horror of the world's worst nuclear accident, but the Chornobyl Museum makes a valiant attempt. It is not so much a museum as a shrine to all the firemen, soldiers, engineers, peasants a…
Museum in Kyiv

Pyrohovo Museum of Folk Architecture

Ukraine is dotted with 'open-air' museums like this, full of life-size models of different rustic buildings. However, the Pyrohovo Museum of Folk Architecture, 12km south of Kyiv, is one of the most fun and best mai…