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On saturday we took a walking tour in the center of Kiev, to see the most remarkable things this city has to offer. We planned our route by taking our Lonely Planet, an ideal guide to follow. Put on your good shoes, because it takes a few hours to see everything. We started right at the center (metro station Khreshchatyk) at the maydan Nezalezhnosti plaza. We walked east to the Friendship of Nations monument, celebrating the friendship between Russia and Ukrain. To be honest, a bit of a dull monument. But the view at the Dinpro river is surprisingly smashing! After that we walked south to the Mariyinsky Palace. This palace, built by Rastrelli had an Italian style. I think it is one of the highlights of Kiev! Then headed inland to the Parliament Building (Verkhovna Rada).
We took a lunch at the St. Michael's monastery. Perhaps it is better to take a seperate trip to this large monastery, but I was lucky to see this 2 years ago in 2005. We headed to the west to visit St. Sophia's Cathedral. Great about this cathedral is that it is really special to visit it on the inside, which is very old. St. Michael's monastery is not old, it is rebuild in the 1990's after the Socialist government destroyed it. Further west is the Golden Gate bridge (also rebuild). Great was the Shevchenko Theatre further more to the west, an absolute great building to see. We walked north to Lysenka street, and in the west is the St. Vladimir's cathedral. We were lucky because a preaching was going on, so we could see the church in duty in the inside! We went back to the south, passing the red Kyiv University. It is painted blood red in 1901 in order of the last Tsar Nicholas I in response to student protests against army conscription. The decided to keep it that way. At the end of the street stand the last Kyiv statue of Lenin. Back in the main street it was time for a drink!
The next day (sunday) it was time to go home. Kiev remains a city which is worth a second vist!