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The tour of «Mother of Rus Towns» is dedicated to one of the oldest cities of Europe, the capital of the big state named Kievan Rus, the rival ofConstantinople, the rich and flourishing city of the 10th–13th centuries.  


We will visit the sites where the history of Kiev has been started. The Podol district of Kiev is very popular for its special atmosphere, many bars, cafes and restaurants situated there, its proximity to the river and sightseeing points. It is also a very survivable district - it was destroyed by floods, fire, enemies and planned to be demolished, but it has never disappeared. On Kontraktova Plosha visit Gostinny Dvor, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Pirogoshya, and the former Greek monastery or the Kiev Mohyla Academy. Near Poshtova Plosha there is the river station where boats depart for sightseeing tours on one side, and the funicular, which can take you back uptown on the other one.

The Old Kiev Hill is known as the residence of princes and nobility. It is often called the cradle of Kiev and Kievan Rus, our Slavonic Acropolis. This is the place «where Russian history was started». There are foundations of both princely palaces and pagan shrines. You will be amazed with the excellent panorama of natural boundaries of ancient sites.
We will visit the sites related to the rule of Grand Princess Olga, Kiev Princes Vladimir, Yaroslav the Wise and Vladimir Monomachus. Then we will visit the Church of the Savior on Berestove, where according to the legend, the founder of Moscow Yuri Dolgorukiy was buried in the 12th century.
Our excursion is devoted to the mode of life of ancient Kievites. We will study their culture, revolts and wars.
The visit to the St. Sofia’s cathedral or St. Cyril’s Church is also included in our tour.
St. Sophia''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Cathedral is the oldest church in Kiev, and by far the most magnificent. Medieval records do not agree on the date the church was built, but scholars believe that construction began about 1017, and was completed ten years later. Its basic design is that of the Byzantine three-aisled cruciform temple. However, it has five aisles instead of the traditional three, to allow two additional altars to be placed; one for St. George, the saint patron of the Prince Yaroslav the Wise; and the other one for Michael the Archangel, the protector of Kiev. The cathedral was named after the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.
The church has ambulatory galleries inside and outside. One staircase tower leads to the choir loft, and another one leads to the upper floor where the scriptorium, the school, a library, and offices are located. The central part of the cathedral is divided into aisles and transepts by twelve supporting columns. The structure is crowned with 25 domes. The domes and vaults are arranged in such a manner as to neutralize the outward thrust of the central dome. This results in a harmonious pyramid-like arrangement. In 1054 two bays of the internal ambulatory were converted into a burial vault for the Prince Yaroslav.
The Saint Cyril’s Church was built near the Dorogozhichi region in the middle of the 12th century. The church was founded on the territory of an old monastery, on the hill. The church was named in honor of Saint Cyril, one of the most eminent Orthodox saints. Cyril is also known as a Slavonic apostle. Cyril and his brother Mephody preached the Gospel to the Slavs in Moravia, the land, from which Christianity spread to the Slavonic lands, including Kievan Rus. They originated Cyrillic alphabet and translated the Gospel and some other Christian books into the Old Slavonic language. The Saint Cyril’s Church changed through the centuries according to architectural and aesthetic tastes and tendencies.
The tour is 2 and a half hours walking.

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