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MUSEUMS, RECREATION SITES, MONASTERIES OF KIEV CITY

Ukrainian contemporary art includes painting and sculpture in a wide range of experimental and traditional styles. Icons and folk art are displayed in museums purchased in galleries and shops. There are several art museums with collections of Ukrainian and European art. There are also museums with good collections of archeology, geology, botany, zoology and aerospace.

CENTRAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Founded in 1936 the gardens offer a glimpse of a collection comprising nearly 10,000 varieties of trees, bushes, and grass from all geographic and botanic regions of the world. The 11th century Vydubychi monastery is still open to the public on the garden's grounds.
Address: Timiryazevska Str. 1, Tel: +38(044) 2849506; +38(066) 6021544; +38(096) 4942086.
Working hours: 08am-09pm, every day.
Entrance tickets: 15 UAH for an adult, 5 UAH for a child, children under 7 years old - free of charge.

HYDROPARK
Over 365 hectares stretch along this riverside park with sandy beaches along the Dnipro River banks. One can enjoy swimming, volleyball, football, paintball, tennis, badminton, sun bathing, beach rugby or sailing on a rental boat. There is an open-air theater, coffee shop, restaurant, disco, casino and beer bar.
Address: Peredmistna Sloboda 10 (between Dnipro river and Rusanov Strait), Tel: +38(044)5171492.
No entrance fee.

PECHERSKA LAVRA MONASTERY AND CATACOMBS
Established in 1051, this monastery is one of the oldest and most interesting in Kyiv. On the premises you can visit the caves where monks lived and many other churches and museums. The miniatures museum and the Scythian gold collection are fascinating sights. For a beautiful view of the city climb up the stairs of the tallest belfry in Ukraine (315 ft.).
Address: Sichnevoho Povstannya Str. 25, Tel: +38 (044) 2551237.
Working hours: 10am-6pm, closed on Tuesday.

ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL
Museum has been closed for one year because of political problems. To enter museum, you must go with tour guide. Built by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1037, this church was established to glorify the wisdom of Christianity. One of the most interesting sights is the collection of frescoes and mosaics inside the cathedral.
Address: Volodymyrska Str. 24, Tel: +38(044)278 7662, +38(044) 279 2256 (closed on Thursdays).
Entrance tickets: 22 UAH and the excursion 60 UAH for 45 minutes.

ST. VOLODYMYR CATHEDRAL
It took 34 years, many changes in planning, dismissal of several architects and lots of artists to complete the construction of this beautiful cathedral. It was officially consecrated in the presence of Tsar Nikolay II in 1896. The interior walls are covered with paintings from various artists, from outside the bright colours and strong Byzantium style make St. Vladimir truly eye-catching.
Address: Taras Shevchenko boulevard 20.

MARIYINSKIY PALACE

This baroque palace was completed in 1752 for Empress Elisabeta Petrovna. It burnt down in 1819 and was later reconstructed again to accommodate monarchs and high ranking officials from Russia and it serves the purpose till present day - for presidential and other important meetings.
Address: M. Grushevskovo Str. 5.


HOLY TRINITY (ST. YONAH) MONASTERY
The monastery was founded over Zvirinets caves in 1864. 800 monks lived in the monastery before 1917. There were two churches in the monastery: Holy Trinity Cathedral and Holy Protection Church. In 1934 the monastery was closed and Holy Protection Church was destroyed. In 1991 the monastery was reopened. Zvirinets caves are as ancient as the Lavra caves.
Address: Timiryazevska Str. 1 (Botanical Garden area).

MUSEUM OF UKRAINIAN FINE ARTS
Spend an afternoon discovering Ukrainian folklore and tradition through art. One can get a glimpse of a valuable collection of ancient Ukrainian icons, paintings and sculpture.
Address: Grushevskoho Str. 6, Tel: +38 (044) 278-13-57, +38 (044) 279 6462, +38 (044) 278 7454.
Working Hours: 10am-6pm, closed on Monday, Tuesday.

UKRAINIAN MUSEUM OF FOLK ARCHITECTURE AND RURAL LIFE
Located in the outskirts of Kyiv, this open air museum takes you through Ukraine's history as you walk through the original homes of the past which have been brought here and restored from all corners of Ukraine. Traditional Ukrainian costume and ceramics are on exhibition.
Pyrohovo Village, Tel: +38(044)526-57-65, +38(044)526-24-16, +38(044)526-57-87.
Working hours: 10am-5pm, without days off.
Entrance fee: 15 UAH, 120 - 160 UAH for 2-3-hour guided tour in English.

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