Of course, Kyiv is a city of diversity. It is literally woven of contrasts. It combines great traditions and innovative ideas, rich history, and the latest world trends. This city is the soul of Ukraine. He surprises and fascinates. And do not doubt that having visited it at least once, it will remain forever in your heart.
What makes tourists come to the capital of Ukraine again and again?
1. The greenest city in Europe
In those minutes when the plane is getting closer to the capital of Ukraine, you will see a huge amount of green. It’s not in vain that for several years Kyiv took the lead among the greenest cities in Europe. Here you can see many incredibly beautiful parks, squares, and alleys. Furthermore, there are two botanical gardens in Kyiv. If you are visiting the city in May, be sure to visit the Grishko Central Botanical Garden. It has the world’s largest collection of lilacs: 21 of 28 existing species. And in the Fomin Botanical Garden, all flower lovers can enjoy the blooming of about 40 species of magnolia.
2. One of the most mystical cities
Definitely, Kyiv will appeal to all lovers of mysticism. Due to its rich history, it contains many mysteries and secrets. For example, the Lysa Hora hill causes fear among the majority of Kievans and tourists. According to legends, this is a meeting place for evil spirits, witches, and ghosts. Besides, the famous writers loved to describe this place in their literary works.
Also, the Green Theater in the center of Kyiv is one of the biggest abnormal zones in Ukraine. This old building of the 12th century looks like an ancient amphitheater. It used to be a burial site of unbaptized children and suicides. After that, on this place was built a monastery which subsequently burned down. In addition, as the locals say, unexplained phenomena and the strangest deaths happened here. Therefore, this building is still abandoned.
Moreover, the Museum House of Mikhail Bulgakov is considered no less famous in terms of mysticism. The world-known writer and author of the novel “The Master and Margarita” lived here for 13 years. It is interesting to note that the house number is 13. Needless to say, this figure is mystical in Orthodox culture.
In general, Kyiv has something to surprise tourists. And if you want to add a little fear and mysticism to your life, Kyiv is the perfect city for that.
3. The deepest metro station in the world
As strange as it sounds, all travelers should definitely visit the Kyiv Metro. Thus, Arsenalna metro station is considered the deepest in the world, its depth is 350 feet.
By the way, there is another station, worthy of the attention of tourists. “Golden Gate” is ranked 11th in the list of the most beautiful metro stations.
4. Khreshchatyk is the shortest and widest main street in the world.
Of course, visiting Kyiv, you cannot miss the main street of the capital – Khreshchatyk. It is the heart of the city and one of the most popular places for foreigners. Khreschatyk amazes with its beauty and historical sights. Also, here you can taste delicious Ukrainian dishes, visit famous fashion boutiques, watch performances by street artists, see the famous chestnut alley, and just enjoy the scenic architecture. Meanwhile, it also has some interesting features. Khreschatyk is the shortest (3,900 ft) and widest (426,5 ft) central street in the world.
5. Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra – one of the largest monasteries in the world.
Undoubtly, the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the most beautiful Orthodox monasteries. It was founded in 1051, and therefore has an incredibly ancient history.
In addition, UNESCO included it in the list of its cultural heritage. Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra occupies 22 hectares. Its territory includes fourteen Orthodox churches, seven museums, a monastery, and a printing house. Moreover, the world-famous “Golden pectoral” is located in the “Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine”. And the bell tower of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is the highest in Ukraine.
6. The Motherland Monument is the seventh tallest monumental sculpture in the world.
First of all, this is a monument in honor of the Great Patriotic War, it glorifies the patriotism of Soviet soldiers.
In general, its height is 335 ft. And this is even taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York. Also, be sure to visit the observation deck of the monument, because it offers breathtaking views of Kyiv and its surroundings.
7. Kyiv – the capital of street art in Eastern Europe.
As mentioned, Kyiv is a city of contrasts and contradictions. And of course, it is also interesting that along with the glory of the cultural capital, Kyiv is also a center of street art. You will see a huge variety of murals in the city. The walls and facades of Kyiv buildings have become a canvas for artists and true masterpieces of art. Meanwhile, murals are usually a kind of protest, they reflect acute social problems, a historical event, famous personalities.
8. The only one in the world monument to a trash truck
In conclusion, Kyiv still has something to surprise tourists. So, in the capital of Ukraine, there is the world’s only monument to a trash truck. This car collected trash through the streets of Kyiv, making the capital cleaner. It was installed in 2004 in gratitude to all employees of sanitary cleaning. Moreover, if you are going to visit the monument, be sure to leave a coin next to the car. Then, cleanliness and perfect order will always reign in your life and home.