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Traveling to Ukraine and wondering about things to do in Kiev? Ukraine’s capital is ancient and modern. There are so many places to see and visit in Kyiv, that at times it is confusing for a visitor to choose the starting point. At the same time, some of Kyiv’s best landmarks and activities are not in the traditional guide-books, though are dearly loved by locals.

Kiev, or Kyiv as Ukrainians like to call it in Ukrainian language, is one of those cities that require time and patience to get to know it and fall in love with it. It does not immediately blast into your face with fancy and shining attractions. It does not crowd over your city experience with unnecessary tourist spots. Instead, it takes some off-the-beaten track to see the hidden city treasures that make locals dearly love their capital.

1. Pray or medidate at St. Cyrill’s Monastery

Completely off-the-beaten track, this small church is as old as time, dating back to 12th century. 800 sq.m of stunning frescoes have been restored in late 1970ies and showcase just a small bit of what this church must have been like in 1187. Paintings of the famous Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910) take you into a different world. And the fact that the Monastery is away from the main tourist sites in Kyiv will make the experience even more humbling and inspirational.

What they say:

….today it’s an oasis of calm from the modern world outside. It is quiet and overwhelming… …a Rare, Perfect Moment.

2. St. Sophia Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage List)

 

Dating back to the glorious times of Kievan Rus', St.Sophia Cathedral remains an outstanding architectural landmark and tops the most-visited list of sights in Kyiv. And even though we tried to escape from the traditional lists of things to do in Kiev, St.Sophia just gotta stay here. It’s beautiful, serene and calm. Its 11th century mosaics are captivating and you can’t keep being amazed at how ancient history presents itself here: in every stone, a bell tower with great views of the city and an amazing interior full of paintings over 1000 years old.

3.Explore Museum of One Street and buy local handicrafts at Andriyivsky Descent

“Small in size but very deep in substance”, theMuseum of One Street is definitely among our favorite things to do in Kiev! It tells the enchanting and rich history of Ukraine’s capital, through the story of its most famous street – Andriyivsky Descent. The Descent, or called by local people – Andriyivsky Uzviz, is a small down-hills street that used to connect the Upper Kyiv with the more commercial district of Podil, located on Dnieper River Banks. The street is packed with historical landmarks: eye-catching 18th century baroque St.Andrew’s Church, the house of the ever-mysterious “Master and Margarita” author – Mikhail Bulgakov, and the Castle of Richard the Lionheart. Andriyivsky Uzviz is also famous for its art bazaar, and is bustling with art galleries, crafts shops and local artisans. Stroll along the street or take up a master class in one of Ukrainian crafts!

4.Individual and group tours to Chernobyl

 Application for permission to Minesterstva Emergency Situations to visit Chernobyl should apply at least two weeks before an expected date of departure.

5. Excursionsin Hebrew

 

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