Kiev is a city that everybody must see! I went to Ukraine with my French friend on the way back for Paris and 2 days after Vilnius … I like to move!
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Information about Kiev
« Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine with – officially – over 2.7 million inhabitants (unofficially up to 4.0 million inhabitants). The city is in north central Ukraine on the Dnieper River (Ukrainian: ??i??? Russian: ?????). The common English name for the city (« Kiev ») is historical. The transliteration of the city’s name from Ukrainian is « Kyiv », and this variation is used in many English language materials in Ukraine.
In 1775, Kiev was annexed by the Russian Empire. The city remained under Russian rule, with brief but uncertain periods of independence between 1918 and 1920. Over these two centuries, Kiev experienced growing Russification and Russian immigration. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, it became the capital of independent Ukraine and is now discovering its place as a large European capital.
In Kiev, Ukrainian is primarily spoken by immigrants from Western Ukraine or villages, while most Kievans usually speak Russian with a few Ukrainian words (called « Surzhik »). Officially, all signs are supposed to be bilingual. » See more on Wikitravel!
We stop to our friend place for five days. Enough to see all monuments, the small streets, the big avenues, visited all the church and cathedral. We spend the first day around the old town on good points of view. Next day we meet our second Tallinn’s friend and visited the old town and especially the Golden Gate. We also see the Kiev University, see the botanical garden, the underground cave, the Golodomor memorial candle and museum (check holodomor – famine genocide), attended to a song festival, cross along the river on boat. I was really impressive by the deepness of their metro (more than 100 meters) and the station!