Shrouded by legends and myths, Kiev lies on the seven picturesque hills along the mighty Dnipro River. It has an attractive geographical location and the region is bountiful with natural resources. The history of Kiev dates back to the ancient times.
For centuries, the history of Kiev was a time of ups and downs until the 9th century when Prince Oleg united the northern Slavonic lands and Kiev became the center of Kievan Rus. In 988 Prince Volodymyr introduced Christianity. Since then, Kiev became the spiritual center of Eastern Europe.
At present, Kiev is a rapidly developing European capital that combines its ancient history, unique culture, and modern life.
The capital of Ukraine has the truly beautiful architecture that has survived over the centuries in the Ukrainian churches. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, St.Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s, Kyrylivskyi, Vydubytskyi Monasteries, as well as St. Andrew’s Church – all contribute to the ensemble of aesthetically pleasing and culturally significant places of worship.
Within a short time span, Kiev has bloomed with a number of museums, galleries, concert halls, new theaters and art centers. More than 50 museums of various genres are located within the boundaries of Kiev. Collections of the National Arts Museum of Ukraine, Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Arts Museum, Kiev Museum of Russian Arts present national and world cultures. Those museum collections keep world-famous memorials, such as Ostrozka Bible (1581), art works by Velaskes, Bellini, Sinai icons of 6th and 7th centuries, unique collection of works by M. Vrubel, D. Levytskyi, M. Rerikh and others.
There are enough night clubs for young people with world class DJs. For family vacations there are cozy restaurants with open terraces overlooking the wondrous city nightlife.
Kiev has got two International airports, railway stations, fifty metro stations and more than 170 accommodation establishments which will fully meet requirements and expectations of tourists.