|A visitor to Ukraine should start his sightseeing with Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, the ancient city, which celebrated its 1,500th anniversary in 1982.
The most ancient building in Kiev is St. Sophia's Cathedral, founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1037.
The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the oldest monastery in Ukraine, owes its name to the numerous caves which were used as dwellings from pre-historic times. About a thousand years ago the caves were taken over by monks who set up a monastery there, and very soon the Lavra became a major center for the promotion of early Russian culture.
The Golden Gate, St. Vladimir's Cathedral, St. Andrew's Church, Andriyivsky Uzviz, Kreschatik, - these are the places of interest in Kiev which it's better to see once, than to hear about them many times.
Modern life is full of rush and mess, but once you’ve seen the wooden churches of Ukraine in the village of Pyrohiv, near Kiev, you begin to enjoy the tranquility of simple things and value every moment of your own existence. A Christian church is much more than just a building constructed in a certain architectural style at a certain time. The church is a sermon in which the eternal truths are rendered in an easily understandable language. The earliest traditional features of churches are superbly enhanced by other features, which were developed in later centuries, and which give those who look at the church from a distance a feeling that the church is about to soar to heaven. The interior of the church with its subdued light inspires the spiritual soaring as well.
Another prominent church, St. Andrew Church, designed by the famous Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and is a wonderful example of 17th century Baroque architecture. Especially valuable is the interior boasting numerous carvings and paintings of the iconostasis.
Apart from that, the prominent Kyiv architect Vladyslav Horodetskyi built the Church, immediately recognizable by its two needle-like towers stretching up to the sky, in traditional Gothic style from 1899-1909. Today it serves as a functioning Catholic Church and also as a concert hall welcoming everybody who admires organ music.
There is also another stunning building located in a lovely part of the city center, built by architect Vladyslav Horodetskyi in the Modernist style. The front and the roof are decorated with statues of animals, mythical figures, and hunting objects. The entire architectural composition captivates the onlooker with its perfection and plunges viewers into a world of fantasy.
All in all, once you step on the Ukrainian land, be sure its hospitality, beauty and endless feast will remain in your memories forever and you’ll realize you never want to leave this sunny country!