Interesting excursions around Kyiv

Interesting excursions around Kyiv


Museums on Podil


theaters on Podil


Murals on Podil


Cafes on Podil

Coffee houses

Restaurants on Podil


Bars on Podil


Kyiv-Mohyla AcademyKyiv-Mohyla Academy is the first higher educational institution in Ukraine, founded in the 17th century and became the first Orthodox higher education institution in Europe. Initially, in 1615, the Kyiv Brotherhood appeared and in 1631 the school of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, united with each other, formed the Kiev-Brotherhood College, which became the Kiev-Mohyla Academy in the end of the 1680s. It acquired its name after Peter the Grave the founder and patron of the patron saints. People from different backgrounds came here, they are nobles, cossacks, clergy, petty bourgeoisie, peasants, as well as metropolitans and Ukrainian hetmans (Ivan Mazepa, Pilipp Orlik, Pavel Polubotok, Pyotr Doroshenko, Ivan Skoropadskyi and others). The follosing great people studies science here: M. Lomonosov and G. Skovoroda. In 1817 the academy was closed. In 1819, the Kiev Theological Seminary was re-opened, and then the Academy. In Soviet times, a naval political school was located on its territory. And only in 1992 there was an official opening of the University “Kiev-Mohyla Academy” – the beginning of the revival. Today it is one of the most popular universities.
Hetman MuseumHetman Museum was opened in 1993 and deals with one of the most interesting landmarks in the history of Ukraine – the era of Hetman power. There are more than 6000 exhibits associated with the management of the hetmans. The permanent exhibition includes 4 rooms dedicated to Ivan Mazepa, Bogdan Khmelnitsky, Pilip Orlik and Pavel Skoropadsky. The most important exhibits of the museum are part of the hetman’s club of the 13th century, the family emblem of Khmelnitsky, personal things of Pavel Skoropadsky, etc. The house of the end of the 17th century, survived after the fire of Kiev Podol in 1811, is one of the oldest civil buildings in Kiev. Traditionally, the Kievans call it the hetman’s name, although there is no reliable information that Mazepa lived here.
Nativity of Christ ChurchNativity of Christ Church was built in 1809–1814. The coffin with the body of Taras Shevchenko the famous Ukrainian poet was represented here from May 6 to May 8, 1861 on the way to Kanev, the last resting place. Many people called the church Shevchenko. According to a recording in one of the church documents of the 18th century, the temple was built in 1011 under Vladimir the Grand Duke.
Church of Our Lady PirogoshiChurch of Our Lady Pirogoshi is one of the oldest temples of Kievan Rus. Mentioning about it there is the “Lay of the Host of Igor” (Igor the Prince thanked the Holy Mother of God for his salvation from the Polovtsian captivity in the Church of Our Lady Pirogoshi). It was built near the market in 1132–1136 by Mstislav the Prince (son of Vladimir the Monomakh Prince). It was not determined where this name come from. The church is assumed to be built on the means of merchants engaged in the sale of bread. The letters of Mnogogreshny and Samoilovich the Hetmans of 1670 and 1672 testify to the right of the Assumption Church to collect taxes for the sale of grain in the territory of Kiev. Pirogoscha is known as the Assumption Church in the written sources of the XVI century. The Church of Our Lady Pirogoshi had been serving as a public center until 1935, at which the school, the orphanage, the hospital for the poor and the city archive operated. The temple was destroyed in 1935 and rebuilt in 1998.Church of The Holy CrossChurch of The Holy Cross is originally a wooden church on a stone basement with a separate wooden bell tower. It was built in 1748 with the funds of artisans – the residents of the tract of Gonchar and Kozhemyaki. The name of this church is associated with Mikhail Bulgakov, the famous writer, who was baptized here. In 1935 the church was closed. During the German occupation, worship services were resumed, and the church was never closed again and worship services are held until now. The restoration of the upper part of the church was carried out in the 1986–88, as well as the lower one in 1991. This allowed to bring the inner decoration of the church to about the kind that it had before the damage inflicted to it in 1936–1941, when the warehouses were located here.Frolovsky ConventFrolovsky Convent is one of the oldest monasteries in honor of St. Florus and Laurus, supposedly founded in the beginning of the 16th century. The heyday began in 1711 after Peter the Great closed the Ascension Convent and transferred the inhabitants to the Frolovsky Convent. The numerous monasteries of Voznesensky were submitted to Frolovsky Convent. Then it became one of the richest convent among the poorest ones. There is a well on the territory of the convent, which is considered to be healing by the worshipers. In the Frolovsky Church there is a unique sight: an embroidered icon, as a valuable sample of the Ascension sutures on the territory of the monastery. A picturesque garden is refined on the territory of the convent.St. Nicholas Pritisk churchThe Wonder-worker (St. Nicholas Pritisk) is an architectural monument, a small church in the style of the Ukrainian Baroque, built in 1695–1707. According to one version, the name of the church is derived from the word “tail” (pier) because it was on the pier, which was called “sticky”. St. Nicholas has always been the patron of saints and merchants. According to another version, the name is connected with the river Glybochitsa, the arm of which passed near the temple, pressing (“squeezing”) from the southern part of the building. Since the days of Kievan Rus there was a wooden church, it was first mentioned in 1612. The church was destroyed by fires several times. In 1935, the church was closed and used the premises for a cotton-spinning factory. In the 1990s the church was reopened.Saint Elias CathedralSaint Elias Cathedral was first mentioned in 1632. It is considered to be the first Orthodox church of Kievan Rus. According to the legend, the temple was built by Askold and Dir the Princes. There is a version that the baptism in 988 occurred near this temple. In 1957, in a church under a layer of the 19th century painting, the fragments of the 18th century paintings were found, which were successfully restored. The remains of the previous painting were preserved only in the altar part of the church.Church of St. Nicholas NaberezhnyChurch of St. Nicholas Naberezhny. It is known from the XIth century, although the written information about it has not been preserved. 1552 is the first mention of the wooden church of St. Nicholas, representing near the Dnieper (hence the household name – St. Nicholas Naberezhny). The modern building of the church was built in 1772–1775 opposite the place where the wooden church was located. Today the greatest value of the temple is the icon of St. Nicholas of Myra (the first half of the 17th century). The temple in the style of the Ukrainian Baroque has a huge historical and cultural significance, and it has been considered as one of the architectural dominants of Podol for a long time. In 1992, the temple resumed its work.Church of St. Nicholas on the waterChurch of St. Nicholas on the water or the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is the only temple on the water in Ukraine. It was built in 2003–2004 in the style of Ukrainian neo-baroque. In form, the temple on the water remotely resembles a candle of a blossoming chestnut. There is an old icon of St. Nicholas, which is over 200 years old in the church. St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is considered the patron of travelers and sailors, because the church was dedicated to this saint. In addition, in 1900, there was a wooden chapel of St. Nicholas next to this place, where they prayed for the dead sailors and sanctified the waters of the Dnieper on the Feast of Baptism, but it was destroyed by Soviet power in the 1930s. The Church on the water is 23 meters high and with a capacity of no more than 50 people. It is similar not only to a candle, but also to a lighthouse, decorating the embankment. A 15-meter bridge going along from the embankment to the church.
Kontraktovaya SquareKontraktovaya Square is the central square of the Lower city, the main bargain of ancient Kiev was located on the site of it. Since the XIIIth century the market is represented on the site of the modern Kontraktovaya Square, but according to the decree of Paul the Russian Emperor in Kiev, annual contract fairs begin to take place at the end of the XVIIIth century, hence the name of the square. In 1494 Kiev got the right to have a city government, and then the area turns into an administrative center. There is the Magistrate (it has not survived until now) and the square aquires the named of Magistratskaya. The well-fountain called Samson was built in 1748–1749. The main building of the Kontraktovaya Square is Gostiny Dvor (under reconstruction). The building, built in 1809, served as a shopping center here, even in the XIX century. There were more than 50 stores. The Kontraktovyi Dom (built in 1817) is located next to it is. The landlords and noblemen gathered here, commercial deals were concluded, ballets from Madrid and Warsaw, writers Pushkin and Balzac came here with tours. The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Pirogoscha (Kontraktova Square No. 1) is considered to be one of the most ancient shrines in Kiev. Its interior decoration is described in “The Lay of Igor’s Host”, the walls are decorated with frescoes, the floor – with mosaic slabs. The temple was built in 1132–1136 by Mstislav and Yaropolk the Princes, the sons of Vladimir Monomakh.
railway stationThe railway station is the main river station of the capital. Since ancient times Podol was the shopping center of Kiev. In the XIX century the ship began to walk actively on the Dnieper river and many piers stretched along Podol along the river. Only in the middle of the XIXth century a marina with a length of 1770 m was built here. The lower part of this pier was received by passenger ships. In 1897 a river port was built. In 1899 the Harbor was officially opened with a berth line at 3156 m. It became one of the largest river harbors in Europe. Most of the cargo was delivered by barges here. There were dining rooms, teahouses, restaurants and low-budget hotels along the harbor, the pier and the nearby streets. In 1953 the construction of a new river station building was started and it was completed almost 10 years later. The grand opening of the new river station in Kiev took place in 1961. The very structure of the river station was a highlight of Soviet architecture – except for the bizarre shape, the walls of the station were lined with Inkerman limestone, the “masts and sails” of the station were partially covered with gold. Today, the river station resembles a giant white ship.
Vozdvizhenskaya Str.Vozdvizhenskaya Str. is a picturesque corner of modern Kiev, which once was called the Gonchary-Kozhemyaki Tract. The history of Nikita Kozhemyaka the literary hero is connected with this street. According to the legend, he saved the inhabitants of Kiev from the snake. In ancient times, a port and a huge market was represented here, potters and tarriers settled here. Later, the merchant class was firmly established in this area. Today Vozdvizhenka reminds the Emerald City in the Dutch style from a fairy tale, because of its colorful houses, pointed turrets, shops, cozy cafes, modern galleries. That is why, this place has become a favorite place for making movies, programs and TV shows.
pedestrian bridgeThe pedestrian bridge was erected in 1957, it was called the Openwork bridge during the Soviet era. Even then, the authorities assumed that Trukhanov Island would become a favorite holiday destination for many Kievites, but there were those who were skeptical about this venture. Hydrotechnists did not believe that the bridge would be erected, and made a bet with A. Zavarov the architect. He won a bet and got a prize – a box of champagne, right at the opening ceremony. Reconstruction of the bridge was completed in 2012, when the active preparation for Euro-2012 was conducted. The length of the bridge stretches to 439 m. The height above the Dnieper is 26 m. This is a wonderful place from which you can admire the city from different angles.
Post Square and the embankmentPost Square and the embankment is a link between the Upper Town, Pechersk and Podol. At this place there were the quays of ancient Kiev, whose place was later occupied by the River Station. The area of the square began to be occupied in the IVth century. It was called Khreshchatik (after the name of its origin) in the XVIIth – the first half of the XIXth century. Historians believe that this is one of the oldest squares of the city, founded back in the days of the founding of Kievan Rus andit was one of the Kiev markets. The modern name is associated with the Postal Station, built here in the 50’s of the XIXth century. Initially, Pochtovaya Square was given one of the main roles. It was to become the most important transport road with a multi-level interchange to unload the highway in the direction of the Podolsk-Resurrection Bridge. There have been no capital buildings from the side of the Dnieper for a long time. there were landing jetties of docks near the shore and there were folded forest, bags and other cargo next to it on the ground. At first, only cabmen and horse-drawn carriages arrived on the square at the entrance to Podol. In the 1890’s. the rails of the first Kiev tram lay on the Vladimirsky descent here. An important page in the history of Pochtovaya Square was the construction of a new River Station, ended in 1961. At that time, river transport was not only entertaining and walking, but also a highly sought-after means of transport – both intraurban and intercity.

Interesting excursions around Kyiv are conducted by our guides around Podil. In the times of Kyivan Rus princes and nobles settled in the Upper City, and in the Lower City (Podil) lived peasants and artisans. The oldest place is considered to be  Vozdvyzhenska Street, on which in the VI century lived and did not grind potters, tars and kozhemyaki (tanners in English). Now on this street there are elite houses in Kyiv.

Fairs were held on the Kontraktova Square, and later the Magistrate was located here. The fire in 1811 destroyed almost all the wooden buildings. Among the stone buildings remained the Contracts House (1817), Hostynnyi Dvir (1809), Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (XVII century).

The Post Square historians consider one of the oldest squares of Ancient Kyiv, where berths were located and arranged a market. Subsequently, the Post Station (1669) and the river station (1897) were built here. To the present days, these objects have been preserved with some modifications. In warm days, from the Post embankment, motor ships cruise, where you can be offered an interesting excursion of Kyiv along the picturesque banks of the Dnipro.

Walking along the embankment, you will see the column of Magdeburg law and the Pedestrian bridge. On the other side is Trukhaniv Island, where you can eat and drink deliciously, enjoying a beautiful view of the Dnipro.

A lot of attention deserves  churches of Podil. The most significant of them  locates on our route. If you want, you can arrange a car inspection of all the main Podil churches.

Hetman Museum harmoniously fits into interesting excursions around Kyiv, where you will get acquainted with such personalities as Ivan Mazepa, Bogdan Khmelnytsky and others.

Map of Podil

Podol map