Kyiv is one of the largest European cities. It is situated on both banks of the River Dieper, one of the longest and most beautiful Europen rivers.
There are a lot of theatres, museums, libraries and cinemas in Kyiv. The main street is Khreshchatik. This street is only one kilometer long, but very impressive.
Of all the city's historical monuments the most ancient is the Golden Gate. It is now reconstructed remnants of the ancient watch-tower that guarded the entry into the city and served as a tollgate.
The construction of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra architectural ensemble lasted for some 900 years, from the 11th to the 19th centuries.
A complex of architectural monuments of the 11th-18th centuries is what was formerly the Vydubitsky Monastery
St. Sophia's Cathedral, founded by Yaroslav the Wise in commemoration of his victory over the Pecheneg tribes in 1037. Today it is part of world's cultural heritage. 11th-19th centuries
The Podol, one of the oldest city sections with a substantial amount of Kyiv's architectural relics, has now taken a new lease on life.
Grandly dominating a high slope overlooking the Dnieper is the memorial complex "Ukrainian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945". Its exhibition halls and out-of-doors display grounds as well as sculptural compositions present an unique record of the unforgettable feat-of-arms performed by the Soviet people in the Second World War. The memorial complex was conceived by sculptor E. Vuchetich and realized by a group of architects and sculptors from Moscow and Kiev.