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Kiev is the capital of Ukraine with population of about 3 million citizens. It is situated on the Dnepr River and boasts architectural monuments that are recognized world treasures. Kiev is the largest cultural, scientific and industrial center of Ukraine, the place of religious pilgrimage and a very attractive tourist destination. Its beautiful landscapes, parks and gardens charm and captivate. Hospitable Ukrainians will be delighted to introduce Slavic culture to their foreign guests.
Kiev boasts a long and glorious history full of heroic deeds. It is called "the mother of Slavic cities" by right. The golden age of Kiev falls on the 11th-12th centuries, when Kiev Rus was a powerful state, the center of trading routes between the Baltic and the Mediterranean. For long centuries Kiev was badly damaged and looted, but Kiev has survived and still amazes the contemporaries with its sublimity and beauty.
Kiev has much to offer to its visitors. It ranges among the largest European cities, but it is not as familiar to the foreign guests as London, Paris, Moscow and other world tourist centers. It has interesting history, developed industry, high-level education and advanced science. Those who visit Kiev once, fall in love with this charming city and return over and over again to discover its attractions.
The culinary geography of Kiev embraces many countries of the world. Wonderful restaurants of Italian, French, American, Japanese, Chinese, Caucasian, Russian and even the so-called Soviet cuisine are at your disposal. Do not miss an opportunity to taste traditional Ukrainian cuisine with such hits as varenik (small dough pies with different stuffings), famous Ukrainian borsch (beet soup) with pampushki (soft rolls soaked in fresh crushed garlic and oil) and other dishes.
(on the photo - "Avalon" restaurant/bar)
Area: 827 sq km
Location: Kievan region, on the River Dnepr
Geographic coordinates: 50 28 N, 30 29 E
Population: 2,900,000 (2001 est.)
Foundation: 482 A.D.
Climate: Temperate continental. It is mainly characterized by plentiful precipitation and cloudiness in winter and fall. Winters are usually long and cold. Summers are short but can be pretty hot.
UTC/GMT Offset: UTC/GMT + 2 hours
Area code: 44
Major attractions: St. Sophia's Cathedral, Uspensky Cathedral, St. Michael Monastery, Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, Golden Gate, Andreyevsky Spusk.
Major industries: Metallurgy, engineering industry, chemicals, textiles, food processing, building materials, electric products, gas, oil, coal and peat production, woodworking industry.
The main street Kreschatik has wide sidewalks with one side of the street layered with two tiered sidewalks that has hundreds of old chestnut trees and thousands of people romantically walking or sitting on benches. On the weekend the street is blocked off and it literally turns into a carnival with up to 100,000 people mixed with live performers and street artists. The weekend on Kreschatik is not to be missed!
If you are in Kiev you have to go to the Opera!
Kiev has one of the most beautiful operas in the world and the prices are unbelievable. I just bought the center two seats in the front row 3 days before the performance for $10.00 per ticket. Prices for a few rows back is less than $5.00 and good tickets can be had for $3.00!
The opera has regular performances of Ballet and Opera, as well as, concerts and events.
The ticket window is outside the main entrance. You frequently can but good tickets the day of the performance and great tickets a few days before.
50 Volodymrska 224-7165
Borispol Airport in Kiev Ukraine has recently been renovated and the experience will be much better than in most other cities of the Former Soviet Union. Customs is not pleasant but not too bad.
There is a green and a red customs line. You will probably need to go through the red line. Anyone bringing in more than $3,000.00 will need to use the red line.
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