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Kiev is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe, what is proved by the great quantity of invaluable historical monuments (more than 2000), dating back to 10-11th centuries and preserved for the descendants.
During panoramic city tour we will show you Kiev the capital of Ukraine and the cradle of Eastern Slavonic states of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. It is a beautiful city with its centuries-old history and rich culture. The tour includes visit to Vladimir’s Cathedral the most prominent sacral painting complex of the late XIX c. decorated by world well-known artists. You will examine magnificent mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral the oldest temple in the Eastern Slavonic states built in the beginning of XI c. to glorify the victory of Prince Yaroslav the Wise over Pechenegs’ tribes. You will enjoy amazing view of two golden-domed monastery complexes while walking along Sophiiska and Mykhailivska Squares. The tour continues to St. Andrew’s Church a striking piece of baroque architecture of XVIII c. built according to the designs of well-known architect B.Rastrelli on the top of Vladimir’s Hill. Andriivskyi Uzviz (Descent) that starts from St. Andrew’s Church will impress you with its unique atmosphere. It is a short street meandering down through luxuriant vegetation of Vladimir’s Hill to the picturesque Podil. Numerous art galleries and shops of folk and applied art make this romantic street the cultural center of Kiev.
Our full day tour will take you fist to the National Kiev-Pechersk Caves’ Monastery Historical and Cultural Reserve. The monastery was set up in the mid XI century A.D. It is one of the most ancient monasteries on the territory of Eastern Slavonic states. During this tour you will visit underground labyrinths of caves with mummies of monks, Museum of Treasures displaying the rich Scythian Gold collection and collection of the Judaic ritual silver objects XVIII-XX c, Museum of Microminiature. The reserve is situated on the picturesque hills and from the sightseeing place of Bell Tower you will have opportunity to delight the view over the gold-domed monastery complex and marvelous banks of Dnipro river.
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St. Sophia's Cathedral (1037) is the most vivid example of the Old Rus architecture and monumental art for this place, was built and decorated when the state of Kyiv Rus was living through the peak of its prosperity. Here grand princes were crowned and buried, formal ceremonies and receptions of envoys were help, the first known library in ancient Rus and the first school for boys and girls were founded by Yaroslav the Wise. The Cathedral was known as a seat of Kiev Metropolitan. The interior has survived from the 11th century and there have been practically no alterations. Mosaics and frescos of the 11th century, executed with a unique technology, which depict Scriptural scenes, individual figures of Church Fathers, Apostles, warriors and maidens, are of a great value.
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A national museum, which preserved the culture of Ukrainian people, is located in the suburbs of town Pirogivo. Three hundred ancient rural huts, collected from all over Ukraine can be seen in Pirogovo. The majority of them were moved to the museum and then reconstructed. Huts, wooden churches, water and wind mills, also clothes, kitchen utensils dating back to the period of 17th beginning of the 20th century give to every visitor a realistic impression of the travel in time.
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Don’t miss our safe, but other-worldly, tour to Chernobyl - the site where one of the worst disasters of the XX century happened.
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If you come to Kiev and don’t visit the National Art Museum of Ukraine, your impressions of this country will be incomplete. The history of this museum began 100 years ago, when it was called the “Municipal Museum of Art and Antiques”. Ukraine was considered to be well-known only by its folk decorative ethnographic art, and professional art did not exist here. However, for many years the museum staff collected the best works of artists. The collection was started by the Kiev Association of Antiquities and Fine Arts Lovers (late 19th century), and now the collection of museum numbers more than 73 000 works of art. They are fabrics, tapestries, embroideries, pottery, wood carvings, decorative glass, porcelain and glazed pottery, "pysanky" (Easter eggs).
The museum was found in 1973. The complex combines the Museum building and the Motherland statue (62 meters high), gallery of sculpture expositions, commemorating the heroes of the battlefields and rear front, the Glory Cup (16 m diameter), and the exhibition of the arms from the World War II time. The main display is located in the area of 5.000 m and counts more than 12.000 relics. Numerous exhibits of documents of military commanders, participants of the war, collection of orders, medals and letters, documentary evidences of the war witnesses, unique things of the occupation and the liberation attract visitors' attention.
"Babiy Yar" must be the most sorrowful place in Kiev. To perpetuate the memory of killed, mainly Jews, in 1941, 29-30 September, 2 monuments were erected: one of them is soviet, the another, erected in 1991, commemorates the memory of 33770 executed Jews. Nowadays a construction of a big Peace Centre began in Babiy Yar, which will have no analogues in the World.
State Aviation Museum of Ukraine was opened in autumn of 2003. It is situated in the nice Kiev suburb, near Zhulyany city airport. Its exposition covers over 0.2 sq. km. More than 50 planes and helicopters are presented here. They were used in the USSR and Ukraine Air Forces or flied in the civil aviation. There are in the collection are Tu-22 “Backfire” strategic bombers, world largest Mi-26 helicopter, the world fastest combat intelligence aircraft MiG-25, flying three times faster than sonic, and super large wide body Il-86 airbus. You may come into jet airliner and combat helicopter cockpits and to “handle” them to feel themselves as transcontinental airliner or combat helicopter pilots!