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Chris:
SIGHTS

Andreevsky Spusk Andreevsky Spusk is one of the oldest streets in Kiev

Askold's Grave Askold's Grave is a part of the park complex on the right bank of the Dnepr River.

Babiy Yar Babiy Yar is a ruefully known place of grief over the victims of appalling genocide, anti-Semitism and World War II

Golden Gate  Golden Gate is a unique fortification architecture monument that survived until nowadays

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra On the high hills of the right bank of the Dnepr River magnificent Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra topped with gilded domes is situated.

Kreschatik Kreschatik is the most famous and one of the busiest streets in Kiev

Podol is an old district of Kiev, where craftsmen and fishermen used to live.

St. Sofia Cathedral St. Sofia Cathedral is the world famous historical and architectural monument of the first half of the 11th century


Chris:
MUSEUMS

ARTEast Gallery A lot of art lovers consider ARTEast Art Gallery to be the best in Ukraine.

Kiev Art Gallery Kiev Art Gallery offering various works of art to everyone's taste is a modern American and Ukrainian joint project

Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art The Museum of Art named after Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko was founded in 1919 on the basis of their private museum

Museum of Cultural Heritage The Museum of Cultural Heritage was open on May 29, 1999. This museum presents the works by those Ukrainian artists who were compelled to live abroad.

National Art Museum of Ukraine One hundred years old. The 1990s, the first decade of Ukrainian independence, were the time when museum came to an international level.

National Museum of Medicine of Ukraine The National Museum of Medicine of Ukraine was founded in Kiev in 1973.

Ukrainian State Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema The State Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema of Ukraine is the only museum of this kind in the country

mendeleyev:
Chris, very nice!  Thanks for posting these links.

Do you mind if we include the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus?  http://www.musicmissionkiev.org/tour.cfm

They Kyiv Symphony is a unique organization:
- They perform concerts thru the year in Kyiv.
- As a fulltime professional Symphony they perform frequently on Ukrainian radio and television.
- As a nonprofit organization they provide employment to talented professional Ukrainian musicians.
- Part of their income also operates a daily food bank for old widows/widower pensioners.
- Another part of their income operates a free medical outreach to Kyiv street children.
- Another part of their income operates two children's orphanages in the Kyivskaya Oblast (region).
- They also operate a big brothers/big sisters program modeled after the American/British organizations.
- They operate a summer camp for older teen orphans who are about to be released into general society.

Did I mention that they are professional, world-class musicians?

Every other year they tour the USA with fund-raising concerts.  There are no ticket prices, you listen to a two hour concert and can make donations as well as purchase CDs, calendars, etc.

They will be in the western USA in the fall of 2008.

For those of us in Arizona there will be a Scottsdale concert, three Mesa concerts, and two Prescott concerts.  Also several in California.

If you live in a tour city (see website) you can volunteer to host musicians in your home, prepare meals for the orchestra during their stay, be a concert usher, help with publicity, etc.

It is a wonderful organization, the musicians are friendly, and the quality of the performanaces is world-class (they've played in Carnagie Hall for example).

Chris:
Thanks mendeleyev,

Please feel free to add what you want to this thread, I am just trying to add some items of interest for people who may be passing through Kiev in the future.

Chris

Cestmoi:
There is also museum of Russian art - just next to museum of Western and Oriental art.
Museum of Russian art has absolutely stunning collections of Aivasovskiy, Shishkin, Ge, Vrubel, ancient russian icons, i might be mistaking, but i think they also have Vasnetsov. It's a must see place. The interior decoration of the museum is also very interesting. In addition to regular collection, they often have temporary exhibitions on the 1st floor. Usually very interesting too. 

for classical music - 2 polish catholic cathedrals - on chervonoarmiyska and triohsviatytilska, and Andriivska church on Andriivsky spusk.

also St.Michael's Cathedral - straight across from St.Sofia's Cathedral.
St.Michaels' does not have such old fresques as St.Sofia's does, but it's still very beautiful - outside and inside.

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