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Mother City to Ukraine Belarus and Russia

Aug 17, 2007
Founded in the 5th century, Kyiv is the mother city of Russia Ukraine and Belarus. All three descend from Kyivan Rus, the Slavic super state that existed from the 9th to the 11th centuries. Kyiv has survived Mongol invasions, devastating fires, communist urban planning and the destruction of World War Two. Kyiv is the most northerly passenger port on the Dnipro and the usual starting or finishing point of river cruises.

Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine, its largest political, economical, educational and cultural centre.

The city hit the headlines in April 1986, when the nuclear reactor at nearby Chernobyl exploded, but scientists generally agree that the city is now safe from radiation effects.

Kyiv is the third greenest capital city in Europe. The parks spread across the city and run along side the Dnipro River. It has the highest number of square kilometres of park per resident in Europe, which are lined with benches and dotted with monuments.

Several examples of traditional Ukrainian food are Varenyky a small dough pie stuffed with meat, potatoes, cabbage or fruit, Ukrainian Borshch abeet soup with Pampushki a soft rolls soaked in fresh crushed garlic and oil, Deruny a potato pancakes, Holubtsi a cabbage roll stuffed with meat, and Mlyntsi a stuffed pancakes.

One of the most ancient of Slavonic cities, it has remained Russias major historic and cultural centre. Nowadays the cultural life of the Ukrainian capital is extremely rich and diverse and represents a wide range of experimental and traditional styles. For those interested in art, it has a lot to offer. Theatre and museums buffs are offered an extensive list of celebrated establishments to choose from.

Alta was the first shopping mall to open in the Ukrainian capital, full of shops selling anything you could imagine. Fashion stores, footwear, sports wear, cosmetics, perfumery and souvenirs can all be found here, while the Alta Centre also hosts two department stores a massive supermarket and a number of restaurants serving most styles of cuisine. It is all so host to the gallery of Ukrainian fashion boutiques where all the designers are local. There is a fashion show presenting local designs every Saturday.

St Sophia Cathedral is the oldest church was built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who incidentally was laid to rest inside. Today the entire cathedral complex is protected by Ukraine as a national reserve and also receives support from UNESCO. The 18th century refectory is now a museum and contains architectural displays and archaeological artefacts such as model panoramas depicting Kyiv as it looked before being razed by Mongol invaders in 1240
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