The old Kiev - also named 'Mother Of The Russian Cities'.
The business street vul. Volodymyrs'ka forms the north-south-axis and simultaneously is it the main axis of the city.
Podil is connected with the Upper Town also through a funicular, which leads to the cloister Saint Michael directly.At the shore of the Dnepr located, Podil represents the trading center Kievs. It is the most northern district. Up to the end of the 19. century it was the only district, where Jews was allowed to stay. If you go with the metro to the station Kontraktova Plosca, you are already in the center of Podil. Here will you see in immediate proximity:
The monument 'Mother's Homeland' is the center of the memorial for the national war 1941-45 and is 68 m high and stands on a 40 m high pedestal.
(The Statue Of Liberty in New York is 35 m high and stands on a 65 m high pedestal)
The metrostation 'Majdan Nezaleznosti' is the meeting place for young people and is also a good landmark for strangers.Until in the 18. century the Chrescatyk was a green valley and popular hunt area of the Kiev's people. Only at start of the 19. century became the lonesome valley an urbane district. About 1880 the houses were already three stories high and banks and stores originated. The Chrescatyk had developed itself from a small path into the most important street of Kiev. 1891 drove the first horse streetcar here, already one year later the first electric streetcar drove on the Chrescatyk. 1934, after the street was furnished with an asphalt blanket, the trolleybusses had replaced the streetcars. Today the Chrescatyk forms with the Majdan Nezaleznosti (Place Of The Independence) in the center, the spot of the Kiever life. An important role plays the underpasses, where often hawkers sell a great variety of articles. You can buy from a lottery ticket up to tickets for the theater. Street musicians earns their meager bread here. The spectrum is rich and extends from single women who sing Russian songs until to whole bands with percussion and keyboard.
For orange marked points are photo series available on this site.