Euro 2012: An insider's guide to Kiev

Independence Square The great monument stands tall in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

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Ukraine, which is co-hosting Euro 2012 with Poland, is a country with a rich past.

It's rich in historical monuments, sightseeing and all the different and extraordinary places to visit.

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest cities in eastern Europe. That's why it is not surprising that a lot of interesting monuments are situated here.

For those who have just landed at Boryspil (Ukraine's national airport) and don't know what to do in Kiev, first of all I recommend to have an excursion to a historical part of the city.

The most famous and interesting places to see are Khreshchatyk Street, Maidan Nezalezhnosty, two of the most famous Kiev Monuments - Volodymyr the Great's Monument and The Friendship Arch - and Kiev Philharmonic.

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Everything from this list can be reached in 15 minutes from the subway station "Maidan Nezalezhnosty".

Then, I recommend you to admire some religious places in Kiev. The golden domes of Kiev churches can be seen everywhere: Kiev certainly deserved its nickname "The Jerusalem of the lands of Rus".

For centuries Kiev churches were the only buildings to be constructed of stone. Today, like many centuries ago, they still amaze us with their beauty and grandeur.

St Sophia's Cathedral, Kievo-Pecherska Lavra (or Kievan Cave Monastery), St Andrew's Cathedral, Mykhalovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral, St Vladimir's Cathedral - this is only a small part of a great number of Kiev churches, but the most impressive, I believe.

The official part of our Kiev tour is ending, but the most interesting is only starting!

Now, I'd like to tell about those places in Kiev, which will definitely remain in your heart forever.

Orthodox Monastery of Caves A full moon glows through the night sky in Kiev.

First of all, it's the spectacular slopes of River Dnipro. It's too great for words to describe your feelings, when you are standing on the end of a Zamkova Mountain and see all Kiev in a full view.

Beside this, strolling through the Kiev parks: Mariinskiy Park is in honour of the Second World War and will give you a lot of pleasant memories.

After this, you should have a walk in the silent Kiev streets of Shelkovychna and Lypska, which will give you a feel of the 19th century.

Then you can go to Pechersk, where shady avenues will make you forgot about all your problems and sorrows and plunge you into a divine world of relaxation and calmness.

At the end, you can spend an evening on the Spivoche Pole, where picturesque views of sunset on the background of Kiev, evening coolness and pleasant folk Ukrainian music will finally make you feel the unique character of this ancient and forever young city and to leave you wanting to come here again and again…

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