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Old May 10th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Kyiv, Ukraine | 1531 years young

It has been quite some time since I've posted any new pictures.

Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine, a large European country.

Kyiv (official name)
Kiev (popular unofficial name)
Population 2.8 million (official), metro 3.6 million (official)
Unofficial claims sourcing various consumer related studies vary widely and go as high as 5 million

Kyiv is often referred to as the capital of Slavs or capital of Orthodox Christians. However, Kyiv can be whatever you want it to be, as it's very diverse, large, and has been shaped by very different socio-economic and political movements.



We're not starting at any landmark, but rather in my neighborhood where I grew up. Most of the pictures are taken during the holidays when the city was half deserted.



Wherever you go in the city, you'll find plenty of cafes where you can enjoy a cool drink sitting outside. And you'll always be surrounded by pretty buildings. That's one of my favorite aspects about the city.They can be fancy or very basic as the one below.


Recently the city has added English signs almost everywhere, making it easy for foreign tourists to navigate.


There are some oddities associated with the city. One is that many locals cover up their balconies, ruining the pretty facades. Another oddity is that it's acceptable and even customary to park on the sidewalks and not on the street. Both issues can be easily solved by regulations but everyone is too used to it to bother.


My city block, fairly typical








The city is usually congested with traffic, but everyone is gone on vacation


There shall be a lot more...
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Kyiv looks nice in the sun. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the nice pictures!I recognise some of the buildings, and it gives me good memories of my holidays in Ukraine
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Saturday morning in the city; my pics














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Old May 10th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #6
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great architectured city and I love it......since the city is over 1,500 years, which is the oldest building that was built and still in existence so far?
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Old May 11th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #7
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Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1037 --> http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...7&postcount=74
The cathedral was founded by Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise in the first half of the 11th century.
In 17-18 centuries the cathedral was rebuilt in the Ukrainian baroque style but inside have been preserved frescoes & mosaics of 11th century.
The Saint Sophia Cathedral was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990
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Igor, I would appreciate if I could populate my thread with my pictures. Your threads on Kyiv are very nice and much appreciated
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Looking through my schoolyard we can see one of the first modern skyscrapers of Ukraine








Probably the most popular cuisine in the city is Japanese. You'll find it on every city block.
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Really great, very nice photos from Kiev @VelesHomais
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Kyiv is very eclectic. The following pictures show Obolon, on the northern outskirts of the city:













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the city has a certain kind of charm in her old architecture.
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..I agree the old is charming, but the newer building are unique and have a certain flair. I have notice this quality in other threads I have seen of this splendid city..
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Stroll through the old city











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