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Kyiv​

- country Ukraine
- founded 5th Century
- pop 2,819,566 (2008)
- total area 839 km2 (323.9 sq mi)



ENG Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ), is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnipro River

The name Kyiv is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of four legendary founders of the city (brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and sister Lybid'). During its history, Kyiv, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity. The city may have been founded in the 5th century as a trading post, perhaps part of the land of the early Slavs.

CZ Kyjev (ukrajinsky Київ, Kyjiv, [ˈkɨjiʋ]; rusky Ки́ев, Kijev) je hlavní a největší město Ukrajiny, správní středisko Kyjevské oblasti. Město leží na řece Dněpr v severní části země. Zaujímá rozlohu 827 km² a čítá 2 718 100 obyvatel (2007), včetně aglomerace pak přes 3 miliony obyvatel. Kyjev je kulturní a hospodářské centrum země, dopravní křižovatka a centrum elektrotechnického průmyslu. Díky své starobylosti bývá nazýván „matkou ruských měst“.

Stejně jako jméno jihomoravského města Kyjov je název odvozen od osobního jména Kyj a znamená tedy „Kyjův“
 

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The Independence square

Let's start our virtual trip from main square of the city.

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Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності, literally: Independence Square) is the central square of Kyiv. One of the main city squares, it is located on the Khreschatyk Street. The square was known under many different names but it became prominent as simply the Maidan due to the political events of great significance that took place there in the recent years after the Ukrainian accession to independence.























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translator? :)

Just a small technical thing: Is that Kyivan CoA new? I always thought that Archangel Michael was on the red shield, not on the blue one.

From time to time, some interesting photos from the former SU can be found at http://englishrussia.com/ website :) . kyiv:
 

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Just a small technical thing: Is that Kyivan CoA new? I always thought that Archangel Michael was on the red shield, not on the blue one.

From time to time, some interesting photos from the former SU can be found at http://englishrussia.com/ website :) . kyiv:
Well, maybe the kievan coat of arms does not symbolize the shield, but just the background.

Very interesting shots from the circus in Kiev! But I can't understand why that city is called "englisrussia" and has photos from Ukraine? :tongue:
 

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Saint Sophia Cathedral

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Saint Sophia Cathedral

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

In Ukrainian the cathedral is known as Sobor Sviatoyi Sofiyi (Собор Святої Софії) or Sofiys’kyi sobor (Софійський собор).

The first foundations were laid in 1037, but the cathedral took two decades to complete. The structure has 5 naves, 5 apses, and (quite surprisingly for Byzantine architecture) 13 cupolas. It is surrounded by two-tier galleries from three sides. Measuring 37 to 55 m (121 to 180 ft), the exterior used to be faced with plinths.

























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Part 3

Kyiv Skyline









 

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Kyiv Skyline 2

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Saksahanskoho street

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Saksahanskoho street

Today I invite you for exiting trip on old street of Kyiv. We are begining our virtual tour from Saksachanskoho street.

In 1897 the first tram track was built along street. At the end of XIX century the street was comfortable for life of residents.





















 

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Part 6

Historical streets

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The cheapest way how to get Kyiv from Ceska Republika is the plain from Polish town Katowice which operated by WizzAir. The ticket costs just around 17 EUR. You can use this flight 4 times per week. So - welcome to Ukraine.
 

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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery (Ukrainian: Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир; translit.: Mykhaylivs’kyi zolotoverkhyi monastyr) is a functioning monastery in Kyiv. The monastery is located on the Western side of the Dnipro River on the edge of a bluff northeast of the St. Sophia Cathedral. The site is located in the historic and administrative Uppertown and overlooks the city's historical commercial and merchant quarter, the Podil neighbourhood.

Originally built in the Middle Ages by Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych, the monastery comprises the Cathedral itself (Mykhaylivs’kyi zolotoverkhyi sobor), the refectory of St. John the Divine, built in 1713, the Economic Gates (Ekonomichna vrata), constructed in 1760 and the monastery's bell tower, which was added circa 1716–1719. The exterior of the structure was rebuilt in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the 18th century while the interior remained in its original Byzantine style. The cathedral was demolished by the Soviet authorities in the 1930s, but was recently reconstructed after Ukraine gained its independence.

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^^ I see there are many beautiful places in Kyiv. It´s a challenge for me to visit Ukraine in the future. I have never been there.
 

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Day & Night

1. Monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky in Kyiv - Ukraine's monument of historical and political figures, Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky. Opened July 11, 1888 at the Sofia Square in Kiev to celebrate the 900 anniversary of the adoption of Christianity. He is one of the symbols of Kyiv, landmark art 19 century.





2. The Golden Gate of Kiev (Ukrainian: Золоті ворота, Zoloti vorota, literally 'golden gate') is a historic gateway in the ancient city walls of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The name Zoloti Vorota is also used for a nearby theatre and a station of the Kyiv Metro.





3. The Kyiv Opera group was formally established in the summer of 1867, and is the third oldest in Ukraine, after Odesa Opera and Lviv Opera. Today, the Kyiv Opera Company performs at the National Opera Theatre of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko in Kiev.





4. The building of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (1936-1939)



 

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The museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine

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The museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine

Pyrohiv (Ukrainian: Пирогів), originally a village south of Kiev, is a neighborhood in the southern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital city. It is now home to an outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine.

Although the origin of the toponym is uncertain, pyrohiv is genitive plural form of the Ukrainian word for pie.

The territory of historic Pyrohiv now serves as the location of a 1.5-square-kilometre (370-acre) outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. Founded in 1969, the museum contains over 300 pieces of folk architecture brought here from all parts of Ukraine and carefully reassembled. The picturesque hill with several windmills is the museum centrepiece and the entire territory of the museum is divided into sectors, each representing the folk architecture and life of a specific Ukrainian region.

Commoner's homes, buildings of small trade, commerce and local administration, and old wooden village churches contain authentic items that represent the everyday lifestyle of Ukrainian villagers and townsfolk. Local volunteers and modern Ukrainian artisans selling their wares dress in old-style clothes and demonstrate the use of authentic everyday items to visitors.
Pyrohiv museum has been accorded the status of State Museum of Ukraine and is affiliated with the Institute of Arts, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine.
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Part 10

Trolleybuses

Škoda 14Tr


Škoda 15Tr


Киев-12.03


Киев-12.04


Богдан-E231


ЛАЗ-E183


ЛАЗ-E301


МАЗ-103Т


ЮМЗ-Т1


ЮМЗ-Т2


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^^ Those are LAZes and Tatras, am I right?
There are LAZ (ЛАЗ in Cyrillic)





In Kyiv are just Tatra's trams. In the near future I'll plan publish some photos from trams too.
 
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