saint nicholas church on dniepr in kiev ukraine

Kiev time

Today we will go a bit to the north, again. Today’s post comes from Kiev the capital of Ukraine. A beautiful city, especially in its central areas, divided by Dnieper river and filled with tons of parks to visit and stroll while watching the magnificent architecture of the buildings and the churches.

My visit there took place almost two years ago. The weather was cold but not as cold as i expected it to be.

Kiev’s center has a wonderful atmosphere. The atmosphere of a great city with its past visible in every corner. An interesting part of history is that during the second world war, and shortly after the fall of the city to the Nazi army. Most of the buildings in Khreshchatyk street, the main road in the center of the city, were destroyed when the explosives that were planted in them were detonated by the retreating Soviet army.

Just below is a long exposure shot of St Nicholas church, literally, on the water. The 13″ of exposure at f/5,6 were taken without a tripod. I just cleared the snow from a stone and carefully placed the camera there.

The church by the river

The church by the river, a photo by eliaslar on Flickr

One of the monuments in Kiev is the People’s Friendship Arch. The colourful 50m diameter arch was constructed in 1982 to signify the unification of Russia and Ukraine. The memorial is completed with the two statues, under the arch. The one depicting the Russian and Ukrainian workers, holding the Order of Friendship of People‘s medal and the other depicting the participants of Pereyaslav council, in 1654. The treaty that emerged declared the protection of the Cossack state by the Tsar. Of course that treaty had lots of political and historical consequences.

There is a place that someone cannot miss, while being in Kiev. Is the Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Monastery of the caves. Actually it’s a Monstery complex, just above the Dnieper river, with the golden domes of the churches and the belltowers dominating the skyline of that part of the river’s bank. Probably the visit to the Lavra will need a whole post only to cover this historical site, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pechersk Lavra

Pechersk Lavra, a photo by eliaslar on Flickr

Probably the only problem that someone will have in Kiev and in most Ukrainian cities, is the language in the means of transportation. Signs in English are almost non existent, especially in the marshrutka (mini van style) busses. Yet a ride in such a bus is a unique experience 😉 

Song time! A wonderful song from Finland! Laura Närhi – Mä annan sut pois

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