Touring Kyiv — Podil (1)

Jim and I took a self-guided walking tour of our section of Kyiv on Saturday. I thought some of you might be interested in selected famous or historical sites here and so I will post a bit of this tour (plus subsequent tours of sections of Kyiv) periodically on my blog. (Reminder: clicking on the photos will give you an enlarged version.)

We began our adventure leaving our flat and making a zig-zag approach to the Dnipro River which is only two blocks away. Along the way we passed the museum of the hetmans:

Interesting facts from one of our guidebooks:
It was built at the beginning of the 18th century, and was later reconstructed more than once. The museum collection contains about 2000 exhibits. And because the building stands obliquely to the lines of the streets it survived the fire of 1811.

I have not found any explanations of the statues in the yard. I do plan to venture inside with my Ukrainian tutor as part of a language lesson.

We continued towards the river and stopped at a 2-story old building on the riverbank. It was a bursa — a dormitory for non-Kyivan students of the Kyiv Mogila academy (more about the academy in a future post). I find it interesting that memorial plaques are placed on buildings where famous people lived or studied or were born. This building featured a plate in memory of Semen Gulak-Artemovsky who studied in the seminary in 1824-1830. Per a guidebook:

“He was a poor student, but he had a beautiful baritone voice. When the composer Mikhail Glinka, who served as the bandmaster of the court choir, was selecting talented performers from Ukraine he took Semen away to Petersburg. The Kyiv seminarist became a famous singer and composer, the author of the immortal opera ‘Zaporozhets on the Danube.'”

Behind that building is one of many churches located in the Podil region. This particular one is the Church of Nikolay Naberezhny to differentiate it from other churches named after Saint Nikolay. (Naberezhny designates that it is on the riverbank.)

“This well-shaped stone church with its single dome was built in 1772-1775. This is a late work in the Ukrainian Baroque style and is close to Classicism. The dome was rebuilt later in Byzantine style.”

Nearby there is a granite memorial cross.

The inscription reads “To those who sacrificed their life for Ukraine.”



  1. I thought we saw EVERYTHING in Kyiv 🙂 It’s really cool to see the historical things right by your flat. Memories 🙂

  2. Marianna,

    I really would love to visit Ukraine one day. Thanks for sharing your walking tour! 🙂 My sis-in-law who once lived in Russia has spoken of taking a group from church on a missions trip there…perhaps I could convince her to go to Ukraine instead. Hmmm…I mean, we have our passports, we’re ready and willing to serve on short mission jaunts…

    As to Anna being a weather fanatic like me, no I did not know she was a kindred spirit! 😉 I will have to talk to her when I’m on Facebook again. If she’s like me, she loves chatting others up on the weather of the day, current predictions for the seasons, the storms that may come one’s way…aahhh, I do love it. Thanks for letting me know that wonderful little tidbit. And as soon as I find any weather information on Ukraine, I will be sure to let you know. I notice that your daytime temps are down in the low 60’s now, looks like Fall is coming soon for you. We’re predicted to have one day this week in the upper 60’s (rather unusual for August in MD, as you know), otherwise we’re expecting mid to low 80’s, more typical. And, alas, the humidity as returned…yuck.

    Take care!

  3. Would you like me to regale you with an aria from “Zaporozhets on the Danube?” It has some VERY catchy tunes…

  4. Nikki: Yeah, it is hard to imagine that you guys missed ANYTHING! You’ll probably recognize most of what I end up posting over time!

    Terri: Come on over! Re weather: First cool day in forever was yesterday…doubt that it will stay this cool…

    Lynne: Sing it, Girl! (Do you remember Gretzuk and Alla “bantering” in song in 1998? Apparently THAT song was from this opera.)


  1. […] Touring Kyiv — Podil (Part 2) Published August 31, 2008 Kyiv , Photography , Tour , Ukraine This is part 2 of a walking tour of Podil, our neighborhood in Kyiv. (Part 1 is here.) […]

  2. […] a full year later and we are finally finishing up the Podil section of Touring Kyiv. (You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 […]

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