Kyiv: Introduction

София Грабовецкая - September 11, 2017

The legend says that Kyiv was founded by three brothers Kyi (who gave his name to the city), Shchek, Khoryv and their sister Lybid. Since the 9th century, Kyiv is the capital of a grand state – Kyivan Rus’. Therefore, we invite you to take a walk through the most ancient part of Kyiv, so-called Upper City with its three hrads (towns): the first of Volodymyr the Great, where the first stone buildings emerged; the second of Yaroslav the Wise, which expanded the city up to The Golden Gates making it 8 times bigger, and the third of Sviatopolk II Iziaslavovych, where St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery arose. It is right here, where we find the oldest monuments of Ukraine’s history and architecture from the time when Kyiv was the capital of a great state – Kyivan Rus. After the Siege of Kyiv in 1240, the Upper City ceased to be the administrative centre and had remained in decay until 1830’s. It is the place, where ancient architecture intertwines with the new buildings and modern street art.

Starting point: Lva Tolstoho Metro station.