St. Sofia Cathedral
The cathedral, one of the top attractions in Kiev, Ukraine, is the most stunning – and longest standing – religious building in Kyiv, a masterpiece of art and construction which dates back to the 11th century. The huge complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes a bell tower, iconic gilded domes, and a vast interior decorated in beautifully preserved frescoes and mosaics. It’s famous for having 260 m² of mosaics and 3000 m² of frescoes. There are hardly any churches in Europe that preserve so many frescoes of XI century.No Kyiv sightseeing tour would be complete without exploring this breathtaking destination.
Address: Vladymyrska Str., 24
The city's other major UNESCO-protected attraction is the Pechersko Lavra or Cave Monastery. This sprawling 11th-century monastery turned Kyiv into the “Rome” of Orthodox Christianity, attracting pilgrims from all over Europe and helping spread the newly adopted Christian religion throughout Kyivan Russia. Monks worshipped and lived here, then were buried in underground caverns and chapels, where a cool, humid atmosphere enabled their bodies to mummify naturally. This Ukraine sightseeing destination now allows visitors to explore the caves with the help of a guide—and a candle to light the way. For more information click here.
Address: Lavrska Str., 15
St. Andrew's Descent
It is a historic descent, which unites past with present. Similar to French Montmartre and Moscow's Arbat modern St. Andrew’s Descent is rich in artists, who exhibit their paintings, glass and ceramics, wooden figurines, jewelry, toys and more. And in house number 13, there is the Museum of Mikhail Bulgakov.
St. Andrew’s Church
St. Andrew's Church was erected in 1754 by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The church attracts a huge number of tourists with its rich decoration, unsurpassed icons, architecture and its stunning location with picturesque views and cobbled stone roads of the historic Kyiv.
Address: Andreevsky Descend, 23
St. Michael Golden Domed Monastery
St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery is a functioning monastery. Uneclipsed frescoes and wealth make the monastery a unique monument. Despite a long-time reconstruction initiated after the Mongol-Tatar invasion, the current structure does not differ in architecture and style of its ancestor.
Address: Thekhsvyatytelska Str., 6
Vladimir’s Cathedral is one of two major Ukrainian Orthodox Churches.The cathedral has 7 domes and is built in neo-Byzantine style. The cathedral carries the richest heritage of great artists and was a joint project of famous architects of the imperial era.
Address: T. Shevchenko Bl., 20
Khreshchatyk Street and Independence Square
Khreshchatyk is the main street of Kyiv. On weekends the street is closed for traffic and open for pedestrians only, making it a popular Kiev sightseeing destination for tourists. Street crosses the main square of Kiev - Independence Square, known in Ukraine as “Maidan Nezalezhnosti”.
This gorgeous palace designed by architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Mariinsky Palace was built in 1750 and used as Kyiv residence of the Tsar family. Facades and interiors of the palace impress with luxury of furnish. Now the Mariinsky Palace is an official residence of the President for the high-rank person reception.
Address: Grushevskogo Str., 5-a
The House with Chimeras
The House with Chimeras was the first building in Kiev to be constructed from cement and is built precariously on the slope of the hill. The building is truly unique in its architecture, which depicts a variety of fantastic fauna. Nowadays the building is used as the President’s reception house. Once a month there are excursions available to experience the magic of this architectural masterpiece from the inside.
Address: Bankova Str., 10
Museum of the Great Patriotic War (Mother-Motherland)
Museum of the Great Patriotic War, also known as Mother-Motherland, is one of the most recognizable symbols of Kiev. It is more than 100 meters tall and weighing 450 tons. "Mother Motherland" stands atop the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, honoring Soviet fighters who lost their lives defending their state from the Nazis. For those who are fearless to heights, there are excursions to the top of the monument (the shield), form where you can experience incomparable panoramic views of the capital. A masterpiece of Socialist Realism, the statue's style forms an interesting contrast to the ancient golden domes nearby—and is one of the most iconic Ukraine tourist attractions. For more information click here.
Address: Lavrska Str., 24
Park of Glory
On its territory of the Park of Glory there is a memorial complex “Park of Eternal Glory to the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War”. In the center of the complex, there is an obelisk of Glory, 26 meters in height. Besides its historical significance, the park has soaring location and offers its visitors great panoramic views.
Address: Metro Arsenalna
Golden Gates is a major landmark of the Ancient Kiev and historic gateway in the ancient city fortress. Currently it serves as a museum and a top Kiev attraction.
Address: Metro Zoloti Vorota
The Kiev National University
The Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko is the oldest university on the territory of Ukraine, founded in 1834. The main block of the University is coloured in bright red colour and, therefore, is also known as the Red Block. For more information click here.
Address: Metro Zoloti Vorota
National Botanic Garden
M. Grytshko National Botanic Garden was founded in 1936 and covers the territory of 1.3 km² (120 hectares). The garden houses 13,000 types of trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants from all over the world. It is the place where the guests can see exotic plants, attend the flowers exhibitions, take a walk along the beautiful lilac and rose alleys while enjoying the exquisite scents and aromas. For more information click here.
Address: Tymiryazevska Str., 1