Ancient district of Kiev - Podil
Podil is situated at the bottom of Kiev, near the banks of the Dnieper. In ancient times there were trade and craft centres, it is now the centre of the city an ancient district and a godsend for lovers of history.
In the XVIII century Podil Contract Fairs took place that attracted foreign investment into the city. Before the fire of 1811, which almost completely destroyed this area, this district was the most populated one. It was after the fire, when building of the houses of Kontraktoviy dom and new building of the Kiev Academy started.
Podil is a place where the first drug store, the first aqueduct and the first higher education institution appeared. The first sight of it is Poshtova Square. Here is one of the two stations of the Kiev funicular. With its help you will easily descend to the top of Vladimir's Hill and the location of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and Saint Sophia Cathedral. Poshtova square sheltered reconstructed Church of the Nativity, where people said goodbye to Taras Shevchenko. To see the mighty Dnieper from this place is very easy, because across the street from the square there is the Dnieper River Station and the Dnieper Embankment.
The next thing you'll see walking along the streets will be Konraktovaya square, which is considered the centre of this district. Here, without exaggeration, a lot of places to visit for any tourist. Its name "Kontraktova" was received from "contracts", in simple terms, “transactions” that were concluded here very often. Here is the monument to Grigoriy Skovoroda (Ukranian philosopher and writer) and restoration of the Church of Our Lady Pirogoshchaya and main building of the Kyiv-Mohylanska Academy. Podil consists of many attractions that demonstrate the antiquity of the area. Among them: Florovsky monastery, rebuilt after a fire in the 1822-1824 years.; Elias Church (1692), Church of St. Nicholas Pritiska (1631), Naberezhno Nicholas Church (1772).
Another small but no less interesting area is the construction of the rotunda, under which stands the statue of "Samson tearing the lion's mouth."
And of course, Andriyivskiy Descent (Andrew's Descent) with gorgeous Andriyvska church (St. Andrew church) is a favourite place for tourists. Here you can admire the works of local artists, visit Mikhail Bulgakov’s Museum and Museum Of One Street, and buy a souvenir which will remind you about this magnificent place.
Author Daria Talan
We present you with the best tour with a visit to Podil:
- Excursion in Kiev "Andriyivskiy descent & Kontraktova Square"
- Excursion "Ancient Kiev"
- List of Excursion in Kyiv
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