Kiev Sightseeing

I spent the day walking around Kiev doing a bit of sightseeing.  I passed through Independence Square (Maidan) where the pro-EU protestors still have tents set up but life goes on around them. Other than having become a tourist attraction, their relevance seems to be fading and the government is gradually repairing the damage in the area. I did notice that many of the remaining tents are flying the red and black flag of the ultranationalist Right Sector.

Protestor tents are still present at the Maidan
Protestor tents are still present at the Maidan
Ultranationalist Right Sector flag flying in the camps
Ultranationalist Right Sector flag flying in the camps

From Independence Square, I walked past the People’s Friendship Arch to the St. Michael’s Golden Domed Cathedral, originally built in 1108.

People's Friendship Arch
People’s Friendship Arch
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Michael’s Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Michael’s Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Michael’s Cathedral

A short walk from St. Michael’s Square is St. Andrew’s Church, built between 1747-1754. The interior of the church is a lesson in how to go overboard with red and gold! A lot of people’s money has obviously been lavished inside this church.

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew’s Church
St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew’s Church
Inside St. Andrew's Church
Inside St. Andrew’s Church
Red and Gold!
Red and Gold!
The pulpit
The pulpit
Artwork on the domed ceiling
Artwork on the domed ceiling

Running downhill, next to St. Andrew’s Church is a cobble-stoned street named St.Andrew’s Descent that links the new town to the old town. It has received rave reviews from travellers but I left unimpressed. I found nothing quaint or charming about the road itself and the various vendors stalls running along its edge were pretty much selling the usual tourist trinkets. Some were selling Soviet memorabilia, including Russian watches, uniforms and hats. Matryoshka nesting dolls were plentiful, in a variety of styles. I like visiting markets and I like old towns but this street  held no appeal for me.

St. Andrew's Descent
St. Andrew’s Descent
Russian watches and hats for sale
Russian watches and hats for sale
Matryoshka Dolls
Matryoshka Dolls

After a nice sushi lunch, I headed to Bankova Street to see Gorodetsky House, otherwise known as the House with Chimeras, built between 1901-1903.  The animal and fantasy decorations applied to the building are very interesting and very unique.

Gorodetsky House - the House with Chimeras
Gorodetsky House – the House with Chimeras
Gorodetsky House
Gorodetsky House
'Chimeras' on the Gorodestsky Building
‘Chimeras’ on the Gorodestsky Building
Weird fish-type creatures
Weird fish-type creatures
Eagle and a dragon?
Eagle and a dragon?
Rhino and deer heads (Gorodetsky was an avid hunter)
Rhino and deer heads (Gorodetsky was an avid hunter)
Frogs on the roof. Snake hanging down the side of the building.
Frogs on the roof. Snake hanging down the side of the building.
Snake, rhino and deer
Snake, rhino and deer

Tomorrow, I go on a tour of Chernobyl so I’m hoping to get some interesting photos there.

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