Kiev

Kiev, at the crossroads of cultures and continents

Air France offers daily fights to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Once you arrive in Kiev, you will land at Kiev Boryspil international airport, located 30 km from the city centre, near the city of Boryspil. Kiev has a second airport: Kiev Zhulhany. The city of Kiev has a subway network with three lines for a total of 54.8 km. The stations are quite far apart, however, buses and trolleybuses complete the public transportation system and are quite inexpensive.
The best period to fly to Kiev is from May to September. It is best to avoid the month of March because of the climate.
Kiev is located in central Europe. The city is very spread out with more than 2.8 inhabitants.

Kiev, the city of the golden domes

Kiev is a city that opened to tourism after the end of communism. A thousand year old capital, with museums and Orthodox churches topped with golden onion-shaped domes. Kiev is a beautiful city with many sites to visit, in particular religious buildings.
To begin with, Saint Sophia Cathedral, one of the city's oldest buildings that was built during the 11th century. It has rich mosaics and frescoes and symbolized by the image of a 6-meter high Virgin. The Saint Michael's Golden Domed Cathedral, located across from Saint Sophia, was destroyed by the Soviets and completely rebuilt in the 90s. The Saint Vladimir Orthodox Cathedral is also worth a visit, as is Saint Andrew's Church, a remarkable baroque monument with a banister terrace that offers a superb view of Podl (the lower city) and the Dniepr River.
You will also enjoy the Lavra Caves National Reserve of Kiev, which is composed of 144 buildings, in particular a monastery founded in 1051, as well as several museums. The Lavra Caves of Kiev is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
However, the building that symbolizes Kiev is still the majestic Mariinsky Palace, dating back to the 1750s, and today the home of Ukraine's president. Not far from there is the Rada Supreme building (Parliament), topped with a glass cupola.
Kiev also has many museums: the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, the National Museum of Ukrainian History, the Chernobyl National Museum etc.
Of course, you won't want to miss a walk along the Krechtchatik, Kiev's main avenue and on Independence Square, where there are many shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as intense cultural activities.

Travelling to Kiev: useful information

If you purchase a plane ticket for Kiev , you will need , a passport that is valid for six months after your departure date from the Ukraine. A visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days.
If you wish to rent a car , you should have an international driver's license.
The currency in Ukraine is the Ukrainian hryvnia. Credit cards are often accepted.

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