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Published:September 5th, 2005 12:10 EST
International - Kyiv is a City Worth Seeing

International - Kyiv is a City Worth Seeing

By Ann Poludenko

It is incredible that there are so many countries in the world!!! Just open the map of the world and you will confrim for yourself that this is true.  Of course, at first you will pay attention at the “big spots on the map” such as Canada, USA, Brasil, Russia, China, Australia and some others.  Some people just gaze at the colored figures on the map and see nothing but the big spots, but others using their knowledge about culture, architecture, traditions and even the latest news of the countries they see on the map, draw immediately in their imagination pictures of different places that are someone’s native countries. Big or small, with a well-developed economy or without it, young or with a long history– all the countries differ from each other greatly, but all of them have at least one thing in common. They have many interesting places to visit, or at least know about.

The symbol of the city of Kyiv is a chestnut that sometimes blossoms here twice a year.  I am talking about the city that proved it is possible to create something new without damaging the old; it is a harmonious combination of historic values and traditions with modern styles, and ways of life. And it is Kyiv, my native city, and, at the same time, the capital of Ukraine.

The most important thing to see here is underground; after that, you can be sure you will have a great sightseeing!  For not less then half an hour, you will enjoy reading the advertisements that are everywhere in the underground– on all the walls, ceilings, and even windows. This good thing about this is that you can learn about the best new shops and concerts from them. When a load woman’s voice says, "Kchreshchatic Street", you get off the train and in several minutes you will find yourself in the heart of Europe.  There is a big square of independence with a very nice monument in the shape of a giant heart, with a green ribbon.  Numerous fountains, monuments, arcs and of course lots of chestnut trees. Women like to go shopping there, because some of the most incredible things from different parts of the world can be found in the boutiques and small shops that are everywhere on Kchreshchatic street.  If you take a left, you will get to the Andriivskyi Yzviz a long, but narrow, street that has a very old-fashion style. It is also the biggest handcraft market place.  There you will be offered national Ukrainian shirts, bags, rings and different beautiful souvenirs.  The most popular are embroidered towels and beaded bracelets.  It is also the street of the most interesting museums and art galleries in this part of the world, such as “The museum of one street” and “Bulgakow’s museum”.  

Kyiv is the center of Ukrainian culture.  The famous Kyiv Shevchenko Opera and Ballet Theatre has one of the best opera and ballet companies in this country.  The performances staged at the theatre are always sold out.

The picturesque green banks and hills, plentiful flower-beds with millions of different flowers, wonderful beaches of the Dnipro-- all this adds up to the beauty of my native city!

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