"Golden gate" Kiev Favorite Tip by IngaA

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  Golden Gate
by IngaA

Favorite thing: Golden Gate

Fondest memory: The ancient main entrane to the towm, in period of Kievan Rus. Was covered with the gold.
There is a story related with this place.
During the mongolian long siege of Kyiv, among the defenders there was a sharp-shooter archer Michalka (or Mykhailyk). His arrows were always reaching the goals and he killed a lot of mongolians.

Then, mongolian khan (governor) Batiy sent a letter to Kievans telling that he will leave them alive if they give Michalka away. They were afraid of mongolian troops and agreed.
Then Mikhalka, disappointed, told them : ' Kievans, your decision is bad. If you didn't agree to give me up, Batiy would never conquest Kyiv' (and he was right because in reality mongolians destroyed completely the city).
He told the golden gate on his sword and went away.
Later, aftern the end of mongolian conquest, polish king Boleslaw the Brave passed to Kyiv also through the Golden Gate.

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2002
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