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With its 1500 anniversary pompously celebrated in 1982, Kyiv, according to many historians, boasts a much longer history. Whereas the Western world has one "eternal" city of its own, Kyiv is the "eternal" one among its Orthodox Christian counterparts.

Founded by the semi-legendary Prince Kyi and named after him, Kyiv is also considered the holy city or the golden-domed city, since it is the home to many beautiful cathedrals including the Saint Sophia built under the reign of the Kyivan Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

Another gem of religious historical sights is Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra—the Monastery of the Caves, a monastic complex, beautifully situated on the right bank of the Dnipro river. Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra together with Saint Sophia are included in UNESCO world’s heritage list.

Many of the museums, theaters, art galleries and exhibitions can satisfy the most exquisite taste for those wishing to spend their time in the cultural and artistic way. Kyiv is the heart of Ukraine, geographically, historically and politically. It is a dynamic, vibrant city with many tourist attractions, be it the monuments created in medieval heyday of the Kyivan Rus glory or during the Russian Empire dominance. Take for example, the baroque Saint Andrew’s Church and Mariyinskyi Palace, both created by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, or the stone reminders of the Soviet rule; the Soviet-style neo-classicism is prominently featured along the 1.2-kilometer main street Khreshatyk. Nearly every cultural and architectural trend ever present in Ukraine can be found on Kyiv’s streets, squares and boulevards.