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09/12/2012

The Sophievska Square


The Sophievska Square

The Sophievska Square is one of the central and one of the most ancient squares in Kiev. It is located between streets: Vladimirska, Tarassova, Sophievska, Rylskiy Side Street. The legend says that Yaroslav the Wise in 1036 smashed up the peceheg tribes, after that he built the cathedral of St.Sophia on that spot. In 1854-1857 it was separated from the Mikhailovska Square. From 1921 till 1944 the square had a different name – the Square of Red Heroes of Digover to honor the memory of Red army’s victory in 1920. From 1944 till 1993 it had the name of Bogdan Khmelnitskiy as there is a monument to him in the middle of the square built in 1888. On this square you can find the Hyatt hotel, the bell tower of the St.Sophia’s Cathedral, the monument to Bogdan Khmelnitskiy.
 

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