Often called the mother of Slavic cities, Kiev’s history stretches back more than 15 centuries. Building on an ancient past, deep-rooted traditions intermingle with curiosity in this haven for those seeking authenticity
KIEV PECHERSK LAVRA
Also known as the Monastery of the Caves, Pechersk Lavra has been a center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity since its foundation in 1051. Together with Kiev’s Saint Sophia Cathedral, it is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
THE ART OF STREET FOOD
Ulichnaya eda festivals are some of the largest street food events in Europe. Fusing art with cuisine, the various festivals are a must visit during the warmer months.
Although a city of nearly three million people, Kiev offers an abundance of peaceful parks in which to explore the beauty of each changing season.
THE CUTTING EDGE OF DESIGN
Kiev has gained a reputation as the capital of Eastern Europe’s fashion scene. From avant-garde designers to street fashion, Kiev’s flare comes out especially strong during Kiev Fashion Week.
RESPECT FOR THE CLASSICS
Kiev’s National Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine is well hosting some of the world’s best talent, including homegrown stars. Pictured: A ballet dancer in Kiev's National Opera.
In galleries and on the streets, Kiev is busting with both modern and ancient art. A European hub for street art, colorful murals reflect the excitement of the 2014 revolution.