Sunday, August 18, 2013

More Kiev churches and sights

A short walk from Kiev's main Khreshchatyk road, close to Maidan where we stayed, are two important and beautiful churches.

The first one we saw is St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery (Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир):

The second is opposite it down the road a bit, next to this statue of Bohdan Khmelnytsky (Богдан Хмельницький):

Across the square from Bohdan's statue is St. Sophia's Cathedral (Собор Святої Софії):

Then on the way walking to church we saw the Ukrainian opera house:

And the Pedagogical Museum building which I simply liked the look of, but which turns out to have kind of an interesting history:

Also on the way to the church we saw this statue of Sholom Aleichem, Jewish author who grew up near Kiev:

The Kiev metro stations are usually very interestingly decorated and designed. I think this one was either Палац Спорту (Palats Sportu) or Площа Льва Толстого (Plosha Lva Tolstoho), which are connected underground:

We also got to see the deepest metro station in the world! It is Арсенальна (Arsenalna) and is 105.5 m deep:

From Arsenalna we walked to the Holodomor monument, commemorating the terror-famine extermination of Ukrainians caused by Stalin's sovietization policies in 1932-33, in which 3-4 million Ukrainians died. The monument is at the top of a hill with a beautiful view over the Dnieper River and much of Kiev:

2 comments:

  1. So beautiful!!!! The church's style is really different. The St. Michael's golden domed monastery is so pretty! Miss you dad and Phin!

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  2. Is modern architecture and design clean lined and minimalist because modern people are lazy? I wonder. Those buildings have so much detail. A lot of work. Beautiful though!

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