Friendship of Nations Monument


The Friendship of Nations Monument is a giant metal parabola celebrating the 1654 'unification' of Russia and Ukraine. It's on an elevated plaza with great views of the Dnipro and Kyiv's left (east) bank. Under the arch is a social-realist statue of a Ukrainian (on the left) and a burlier Russian, arms raised in solidarity. Miraculously it has not been defaced, given tensions in the east, but in November 2018 activists added a sticker looking like a crack in the middle of the arch.

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1. Water Museum

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2. St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

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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…

3. St Michael's Monastery Museum

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4. National Art Museum

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In a historic neoclassical building designed by Władysław Horodecki, this long-running museum has a wide-ranging collection of Ukrainian paintings…

5. Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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6. Maidan Nezalezhnosti

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7. Skvorechnik

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8. Taras Shevchenko Memorial House Museum

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A beautifully restored, 19th-century wooden house where the man who dominates the Ukrainian literary pantheon once lived. You can see drawings he made on…