“I am a professional guide.
I know Kiev very well both cultural and entertaining.
My energy and enthusiasm will be enough for everybody.”
“Curious. Interested in international etiquette.
I love French cuisine and hot chocolate.”
“Would you like to talk “heart to heart” or discuss any,
interesting subject for you, while being
in a relaxed atmosphere? Let’s go with me!!!”
“I will show mystical Kiev,
And tell you the legends about Kievan Rus.”
“I am able to listen carefully and support the conversation. I can go with you to the end of the earth!”
“I know the quiet and cozy places of Kiev and share with you. Write songs, professionally do vocals on my free time. I love Latin American dances.”
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“I am a professional guide.
I have deep knowledge in the architecture of Kiev, the history of ancient houses and their owners.”
“I am a professional guide. A great specialist in the history of Kievan Rus. I know many legends and stories about the princes of Kiev and the most ancient shrines.”
The history of Kyiv Rus – one of the most powerful states in Europe – is linked with the history of its capital – Kyiv. Early Slavic settlements emerged on the territory of Kyiv long before the official date of founding in the late 5th century AD. Our guide in Kiev will tell you about Zarubynetska culture (II century BC – II century AD) and a story about 14 (!) Zarubyntsi settlements on the territory of our city, one of which was on Zamkova Mountain. If you wish, you can ascend to this mountain to enjoy a picturesque view of Kyiv.
The second early Slavic culture is the Kyivan one (III – V century). Settlements of this culture existed not only on Zamkova, but also in the Starokyievo mountains. The latter is equipped with an observation deck, which opens a view of the two handicraft districts of ancient Kiev – Gonchary (Potters) and Kozhemyaki (Rawhides’ Dressers), where representatives of these professions once lived and worked. Nowadays these two have become elite microdistricts of modern Kyiv. Kyiv culture was synchronous in time to another high culture of that era – Chernyakhovska civilization (II -V century). The ceramics of this high culture, which had direct contact with the Roman Empire and experienced its strong influence, was discovered in Kyiv on the Starokyivska and Zamkova Mountains, in Obolon and in Kurenivka areas. Accompanied by our guide, you will visit the National Museum of Ukrainian History, where you can learn more about the objects of these early Slavic cultures (ceramics, fibulas, ornaments, etc.). A significant influx of II – IV century Roman coins is linked to the existence of these cultures. During the archaeological study of our city more than 6 thousand samples were discovered. In 1875, 4 thousand of them were found only in one treasure in the area of the present Lviv area. This amount of Roman coins has not been found in any other region of Ukraine. Some of these finds are presented in the museum’s exhibition.
At the memorable sign with the initial lines of the “Tale of Bygone Years”, your guide in Kiev will gladly tell you the chronicle story about three brothers – Kyi, Shchek and Horyv, who founded our city. Sitting on one of the benches installed on the mound that lies along the shaft of the “town of Kyi”, you can listen to the fascinating story about Dutchess Olga, who took revenge on the Drevlyans for the death of her husband Igor. Here they will show you the remains of the rotunda, which since long time was considered to be the Dutchess’s palace.
At the monument to Svyatoslav – the son of Olga – you will be told about the heroic campaigns and the tragic death in battle of the dutch. Transformation of Kyiv into the capital of the powerful state of the Christian world is associated with the name of the son of Svyatoslav – Volodymyr. He turned a small town of Kyi with the area of only 2 hectares and an extensive pagan necropolis around it into a “city of Volodymyr” with an area of 10 hectares. The main centerpiece of this “old town” was the famous Desiatynna church, which has been the cathedral of the Rus Metropolitanate for almost 40 years (996-1037). From the foundation of this building, you can see how huge this structure was. The Desiatynna church, along with palaces around it, constituted a single architectural ensemble. With our guide in Kyiv you will see the foundations of two of them (the Western and the Southern ones). The Southern Palace, being a 45-meter long (equal to half the length of the football field) and 11.5-meter wide rectangle, was the official residence of the Kyiv Dutches until the Mongol invasion. In it, Several hundred soldiers from among the Dutch’s closest associates could join him for feast. If time permits, you can also “peep” in one of the restaurants located above the foundations of the palace.
Three gates were leading to the “City of Volodymyr”. One of the was called Gradsky Gate, later – Sophia (after the construction of St. Sophia of Kyiv), and after December 6, 1240, when the last defenders of the city held defense against the horde of Batu Khan, it became Batu Gate. Our creative guides will conduct a mini-quest with you, suggesting that you find the place where the Sofia Gate (Batu Gate) was located.
Then you will get acquainted with the jewel of the Rus architecture – Sophia of Kyiv, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yaroslav the Wise, has evolved the construction that started in Kyiv under his father. “Yaroslav’s town” was seven times (70 hectares) bigger that the “old town of Volodymyr” (10 hectares). Later, within the boundaries of the “town of Yaroslav” a “city of Svyatopolk-Mikhail” appeared with its famous “patrimonial” Mikhailovsky Golden-Domed Monastery of the Iziaslavyches (the sons of the eldest son of Yaroslav the Wise named Iziaslav).
Near the Kiev Golden Gate your guide in Kiev will tell you about the fortifications of our city, which had no equal among other cities of Rus. Near the Lyadsky Gate on the Independence Square, our guide will narrate you about the last months of defense of Kyiv under the leadership of Galician voivode Dmytro. The most brilliant period of our history – the epoch of Kyiv – has come to an end with the capture of Kyiv by the Mongols in December 1240.