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Golden Gate

Kiev Ukraine

Golden Gate was built in 1037 during the reign of Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kiev.

St. Andrew's Descent

Kiev Ukraine

According to legend, St. Andrew's descent got its name from Saint Andrew the First-Called.

Deribasovskaya Street

Odessa Ukraine

Deribasovskaya is a symbol of South Palmyra, and if you want to see the most beautiful and interesting sights of Odessa town, then it is worth going on this street.

Duke de Richelieu

Odessa Ukraine

The monument, of the founders of the city, Duke de Richelieu on the Promenade is one of the main attractions of Odessa.

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10/09/2012

Mariinsky Park

Mariinsky Park
Park with the area of 10.7 hectares planned in landscape style. Cozy, shady, with old lindens, maples and chestnut trees, the park is a unique memo of landscape art of the past. Its name Mariinsky Park got due to palace of the same name, located some distance away. Mariinsky Palace was built in 1750-1755 as a temporary residence of Empress Elizabeth. Project of the palace in baroque style was designed by her favourite architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. But ironically, Elizabeth didn’t succeed...
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10/09/2012

History of names of Independence Square

History of names of Independence Square
It's no secret how you name the ship - so it will sail. But few people know that a place called "Independence Square" had the same independent names like itself. Like all the stories of the great squares, the story of Maidan began with the area covered by impenetrable brushwood. Up to the tenth century, this region was named Perevesische in honor of excess - a grid with the help of which people hunted small animals and birds. Already in the late XVIII - early XIX century, this area be...
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10/09/2012

Lipki

Lipki
Lipki is a historic district of Kiev (part of Pechersk district). In 1752, Mariinsky Palace was built in Lipki - the Kiev residence of the Empress Elizabeth. By the efforts of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Klovsky palace was built in the tract, and lindens were planted on its north side, cut with straight paths. The whole story could be told about Lipskaya (Linden) Street and the origin of its name. Today, nobody can say exactly when an extensive linden grove came into existence. Some sources give 1...
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10/09/2012

Khreschatyk

Khreschatyk
In times of Kiev Rus, this area was a forest-covered valley with brook. In ancient times it was the hunting ground, where Kievan arranged net for catching wild animals (hence the ancient name - Perevisische). Later it was called Kreschaty valley (it was being crossed). In the documents of 16-17centuries, this area was known by the name Evseykovaya Valley; in 18th century – by the name Sands. In the XVI century, when the hole Perevesische became Evseykovaya valley, this area for a few centu...
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10/09/2012

European Square

European Square
At the beginning of XIX century the present European Square (Space) was called the Horse, because there were horse fairs. The present-day European Square has become Teatralnaya (Theatre) Square when, in 1805, by order of the city governor A.Tormasov, the first theater in Kiev was built. In 1851, the theater was demolished, and at this place the architect A. Beretta built a three-story hotel "Europe", from which the area got its name. The mere fact that the city had no sanitation, publi...
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