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Hello to all the tennis lovers !
In this edition I would like to introduce you to Kiev, which is a capital of Ukraine. This fabulous city with very deep historical roots and rich culture will surprise you .
I would like to invite you to the journey to Kiev where you will improve your tennis skills and also learn many new things about this unique city.




Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the oldest and one of the main Orthodox shrines, a unique monastery complex, that you won't find anywhere else. This is the first monastery in the territory of Kievskaya Rus, its preserved almost intact temples, built in the 11th century.
In fact, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - a real town in the heart of Kiev, there are fourteen Orthodox churches, monastery, seven museums. The word pechera means cave. The word lavra is used to describe high-ranking male monasteries for monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Therefore, the name of the monastery is also translated as Kiev Cave Monastery,

The main value of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - the relics of the holy fathers and elected laity - for example, here since the XIV century located the tomb of many princely and noble families

Khreshchatyk

On weekends, the main street of Kiev ,- Kreschatik is being freed from the car traffic. Walking along Khreshchatyk, peering into the souvenir shops and cozy cafes, do not forget to raise your head and consider the bizarre mix of styles in the architecture of the buildings that are located along the street.


Motherland

Sculpture of a woman with a sword in one hand and a shield in the other visible from almost any point of Kiev. This is not surprising: its height with pedestal - 102 meters, which is more than the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
At the foot of the monument is a museum of the Great Patriotic War, in the halls where you can see the marble slab with carved names of Heroes of the Soviet Union.

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev

Today in Sofievskiy Cathedral you can see the mosaic, which has been preserved since the 11th century .

in the 11th century Yaroslav the Wise gave the order to construct the cathedral. One version has it that the construction of the temple was associated with the arrival in town of the Metropolitan Feopemt - the future Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, who was Greek ,and who moved from Constantinople to Kiev.
Originally the cathedral was a 13-domed structure, which through the centuries have added 6 more domes. And by the 17th century the building was reconstructed in the Ukrainian Baroque style

People's friendship arch in Khreschatyk Park

This monument is dedicated to the unification of Ukraine with Russia, occurring in 1654 .

In the past the monument was decorated with two inscriptions: "To commemorate the reunification of Ukraine and Russia" and the " 60th anniversary of the USSR", but because of historical events that have taken place later in the history, these two inscriptions were removed. From the observation deck next to the Arch you can witness a spectacular view.

St. Andrew's Church in Kiev

St. Andrew's Church, founded in 1744 on a steep bank of the Dnieper river for the arrival of Elizabeth I, - the only surviving building in Kiev by the famous architect Rastrelli. Built in the style of baroque temple is shaped like a cross, stands in the center of a single dome, and the four corners are decorated with ornamental turrets with a smaller onion-doomed one.
Andrew's descent in Kiev

Andrew's ( Andreevskiy) Descent in Kiev is the main historical highway that linked the center of the Upper (Old) City with Lower, that nowadays called ,- (Podil).

At the present time, Andrew's descent to Kiev is like SOHO to New York .Almost in every house along Andreevskiy descent was temporarily or permanently occupied by some historical figure. There are numerous shops and restaurants, art galleries and sites. Often times we can witness festivals and public events, art events and political actions.v

Vladimirskaya Gorka in Kiev

Vladimir Hill - is both a fragment of the urban landscape (in fact the hill), and the park, which is located on it The park was resettled here in the mid 19th century. Its area is just over 10 hectares, and the park is similarly loved by the people of Kiev and visitors . One can witness a wonderful view of the river that openness up from here .

Golden gate

The sight that the people of Kiev call the Golden Gate , the symbol of the city - is in fact a newly built pavilion.

The actual gates, or rather their remaining, are located inside of this massive structure. The pavilion was built to save a unique monument of "defensive" architecture of ancient Kievskoi Russi that has come down to our days. Golden Gate performed not only a defensive function, but also served as the main entrance to the great city and as its sights..

Vladimir Cathedral in Kie

Marble is the main material from which the central iconostasis of the cathedral is made of. To finish the iconostasis , the multicolored marble floor was specifically brought from Italy, France, Belgium and Spain.

The most famous cathedral in Kiev - Vladimirskiy Cathedral It took 20 years to build the main temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church .from 1862 to 1882. Performed in Russian-Byzantine style, from inside a tample is richly painted by famous artists of that time. such as V. Vasnetsov, M. Nestor, M. Vrubel

St. Michael`s Golden-Domed Monastery

is a functioning monastery in Kiev
Originally built in the Middle Ages by Sviatopolk ,monastery comprises the Cathedral itself, the Refectory of St. John the Divine, the Economic Gates, constructed in 1760 and the monastery's bell tower, which was added c. 1716–1719. The exterior of the structure was rebuilt in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the 18th century while the interior remained in its original Byzantine style. The original cathedral was demolished by the Soviet authorities in the 1930s, but was reconstructed and opened in 1999 following Ukrainian independence in 1991.

The enduring glory of St. Michael's Cathedral brought its mosaics and frescoes. According to critics, they have discovered a new type of painting in the evolution of ancient Kievskoi Rus.