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Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. We have a unique mixture of attractions - seaside, mountains, rivers and lakes, marvelous cities and authentic countryside. Every year we host thousands of festivals, sporting events, and music performances. Visit us to enjoy our magnificent culture, delicious cuisine and our famous hospitality.
State System

Parlamentary-presidential republic

Geographical Position

Administrative Territorial Division

Currency
Ukraine is washed by the Black and Azov seas in the south. It borders with Russian Federation in the east and north-east, with Belarus in the north, with Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the west, with Romania and Moldova. 24 oblasts, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 2 cities of republican subordination: Kyiv and Sevastopol. The traditional Ukrainian symbols - trident and blue-and-yellow flag (proportions 3 by 2) - were officially adopted during Ukrainian independence in 1917-1920 and again after the Declaration of independence in 1991. The trident dates back to the Kyivan Rus' as a pre-heraldic symbol of Volodymyr the Great. The national flag of Ukraine colors are commonly believed to represent blue skies above yellow wheat fields. Hryvnia (UAH), one hryvnia has 100 kopecks. Banknotes of denomination 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, 1 hryvnias are in circulation. Coins of denomination 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1 kopecks. Currency can be exchanged in airports/stations, banks, numerous exchange offices.
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Population

Territory
44,2 mln (as of July 2014). 603 628 km2
Ukraine is the largest state located on the territory of Europe.

Religion
Ukraine is a multinational state, in which church and religion hold a specific place. Ukraine's Constitution secures the liberty of religious persuasion. Ukrainians are in general believers in all major world religions. Main part of believers are Christians, the majority of which belong to orthodox church. Catholicism is represented by Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic churches, and there is a number of Protestant communities. Islam and Judaism are among non-Christian religions. Ukraine is a member of the UNO, Council of Europe, UNESCO and nearly 40 other influential international organizations, such as The International Bank of Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization, etc. The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv with about 3 million inhabitants. Since early 13th century it has become one of the largest European cities. Today Kyiv is a large modern city, an important political, administrative, cultural and scientific center of the country.




About kyiv

Kyiv is one of the most beautiful cities of the world, picturesquely spreading over the Dnipro river hills. According to legend Kyiv was founded more than 1,500 years ago by three brothers Kyi, Schek, Khoryv and their sister Lybid. The city was named after the oldest brother Kyi. In the 9th century Kyiv became the capital of the Ancient Rus. The territory of this independent state stretched out from the Baltic Sea in the North to the Black Sea in the South and from Volga River in the East to the Carpathians Mountains in the West. Kyiv is often referred as "the mother of all cities" by Russians and Ukrainians and as a cradle of Slavonic civilization.

Kyiv, which is one of the tenth largest cities Europe, has developed into an important Eastern European centre, attracting foreign businesses and investors to its economic and natural potential. Its historical past reflects the great political and cultural events in Europe and this is represented in many architectural monuments.


Kyiv city

Kyiv is the third greenest capital city in Europe and is considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful. You will find many parks and tree lined boulevards that are renowned for their beauty in spring and autumn.
Kyiv is built mostly on hills overlooking the river Dnipro. The city is steeped in history and bursting with culture. There are more than 100 museums, innumerable theatres, ballet, opera and art galleries. The art and architecture of Kyiv are considered world treasures and is listed on UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site.

For more information visit the official website of the city of Kyiv: http://kyivcity.travel/explore/kyiv/



Kyiv Places of Interest : Kreschatik

Kreschatik

Kreschatik is Kyiv's most famous street. Lined with chestnut trees, it runs through most of central Kyiv. Kreschatik comes to life at weekends and public holidays when it is closed to traffic and welcomes street performers and musicians. It contains many shops, restaurants, banks, hotels and governmental buildings and is a very popular tourist attraction.




Independence Square

Metro - Maidan Nezalezhnosti (blue line), also called Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

Independence square or «Maidan Nezalezhnosti» is situated to the north of Khreschatyk Street, it is Kyiv's most beautiful square and an excellent place to begin sightseeing in Kyiv.

In Soviet times, Maidan Nezalezhnosti was known as the Square of the October revolution. To most people Independence Square is most commonly known for staging the events of the Orange revolution in 2004. For weeks, images were transmitted around the world as 500,000 supporters of Yuschenko's orange party, demonstrated against the corrupt elections illegally won by Victor Yanukovych. The mass protest orchestrated by Viktor Yuschenko and his supporters were eventually to succeed in annulling the first election result and a second ballot was organised.


Independence Square

On December 28th 2004, under extreme scrutiny from Ukrainian and International monitors, the Election Commission declared Yuschenko the winner with 52 percent of the vote. Ukraine's turbulent history has seen the destruction of the city's main square no less than six times. In recent history the retreating Russian army destroyed the square in 1941. After the 2nd world war the Soviets embarked on rebuilding Kyiv, and today you will see many Soviet style building and monuments still standing.
In 2002 to mark 10 years of independence the entire square was completely reconstructed. Many of the Soviet monuments were removed and now the gold wings of the Archangel Michael sparkle majestically from the top of Independence column.



Friendship Arch

Metro - Maidan Nezalezhnosti (blue line)


Friendship Arch

The Friendship of Nations Arch is a monument dedicated to the unification of Ukraine and Russia. The monument is a 6.2 metres high rainbow-shaped arch, made of titanium and bronze alloy. The arch is located on the right bank in the Cross Park.



Golden Gate (Zolotie Vorota)

Metro - Zoloti Vorota (green line)


The Golden Gate (Zolotie Vorota)

The Golden Gate (Zolotie Vorota) was erected in 1037 as the main entrance into the ancient city, with ramparts stretching out from both sides. In 1970 work began to protect the ruins from further damage and a reconstruction was built over the ancient brick walls.



Andriyivs'kyi Uzviz (Andrew's Descent)

Metro - Kontraktova Ploscha (blue line)


Andrew's Descent

Andriyivs'kyi Uzviz is an integral part of the old Kyiv and one of the oldest streets in Eastern Europe. The first settlements were founded here more than three thousand years ago and link the upper town to the lower district of Podil. Numerous tourist shops and art galleries line the street and you will also find a variety of good restaurants, bars and cafe's.



The Sophia Square

Sophia Square has always been at the centre of political and cultural life of Kyiv. It is named after St. Sophia Cathedral, one of the world famous historical and architectural monuments situated in the square.


The Sophia Square

Another important monument in Sophia Square is the statue of Bohdan Khmelnitsky, the Ukrainian historical and political leader, which is installed on a granite pedestal in the centre of the square.

The area always was the center of political and cultural life of the capital. Right here in 1991 has been supported by the Act on State the Independence of Ukraine.



Kyiv - Pechersk Lavra (monastry and caves)

Metro Arsenal'na (red line) 21 Ivana Mazepy Street Kyiv


Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is a unique monastery complex. The monastery played very important role in Ukrainian culture development - the first printing-house was established here, many famous chroniclers, writers, scientists, painters and doctors lived and worked here.



Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Caves

The Lavra Caves are a system of many underground passages and caves where monks once lived and worshipped. Over 100 of them lie mummified in niches in the underground caves.



St. Michael`s Monastery


St. Michael`s Monastery

St Michael's Monastery is located in Kyiv city centre, opposite St Sophia's Cathedral. It is named after the patron saint of Kyiv. It boasts a sky blue exterior and seven glittering golden domes.



National Architecture and Life Museum «Pirogovo»


National Museum Pirogovo

Address: Krasnoznamyonnaya str., 1
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Phone: +38(044) 526 57 65
Website: http://pyrohiv.com.ua

The National Museum of Ukrainian Architecture and Culture is the biggest open air museum in Europe and offers a great collection of national ethnographical heritage. Collections include: windmills, watermills, forges, an old traditional sauna, village administration houses, a church school, a priest mansion, cafes named «shynok», huts, barns, stalls, cellars etc.

How to get there

from metro station «Lybidskaya» - trolleybus №11
from Bessarabian marketplace - fixed-run taxi №156
from metro station «Drujby narodov» - fixedun taxi №172
from metro station «Akademgorodok» - fixedun taxi №576
from metro station «Lukyanivska» - fixedun taxi №496
Opera House

The National Opera House stands in historical part of the city, on the cross of two crowded street - Bogdana Khmelnitskogo and Vladimirskaya.


Opera House
Vladimirskaya str., 50
Metro Teatralna (red line)
Phone: 279 1169 (Ticket box), 234 7165 (admistrator)
Website: http://opera.com.ua
Info: Ticket box: daily 11.00-19.00, tickets: 100 hrn.



The National Philharmonic of Ukraine

The National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine is situated in the Vladimirsky descent, near the European square in the centre of the city.


The National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Address: Volodymyrsky uzviz, 2.
Metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti
Phone: 278 1697 (Ticket box), 278 6291 (administrator)
Website: http://www.filarmonia.com.ua/en



The National House of Organ and Chamber Music of Ukraine

In Bolshaya Vasylkivskaya (Krasnoarmeyskaya) Street there is the National House of Organ and Chamber Music of Ukraine.


The National House of Organ and Chamber Music of Ukraine
Address: Vasilkivska (Chervonoarmiyska), 77
Metro Olimpiiska
Phone: 528 3186
Website: http://www.organhall.kiev.ua/
Info: Tickets: from 40 hrn.



Kyiv Academic Theatre of Operetta

Kyiv Academic Theatre of Operetta is located in the former Trinity People's House. That establishment was a kind of "culture house" at the beginning of the twentieth century.


Kyiv Academic Theatre of Operetta
Address: Velyka Vasylkivska, 53/3
Phone: 287 2630
Info: Ticket box: 12.00-16.00, 17.00-19.00, tickets: 5-40 hrn, "Theatre in foyer" - 70 hrn.
Website: http://operetta.com.ua/
Booking tickets: http://www.parter.ua/en/

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