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Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv
1 Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska St.
Kyiv 04070
Phone: 380-44-322-8888
FAX: 380-44-322-8899

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Wednesday
Sunny. Pleasantly warm.
88/61 °F
31/16°C
Thursday
Mostly sunny. Pleasantly warm.
89/65 °F
32/19°C
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Mostly sunny. Pleasantly warm.
91/65 °F
33/19°C
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About Kiev, Ukraine

Visited by everyone from St. Andrew and Batu Khan to Viking invaders and the Golden Horde, this ancient city effortlessly balances Soviet-era monuments like Mother Motherland with timeless achievements such as the 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral, five-star luxury accommodations with new high-tech industries. The Ukrainian capital's rich agricultural heritage reveals itself at every meal, and her lush, green cityscape is dotted with parks and crossed with thoroughfares shaded by horse-chestnut trees. Kyiv was once an important centre of trade between Scandinavia and Constantinople, and the city of today continues to serve as a commercial and cultural hub that attracts modern travelers. Icons like the National Art Museum of Ukraine are filled with stunning examples of the region's rich artistic heritage, and along busy Khreshchatyk, the galleries of traditional Ukrainian artisans are dispersed among up-market retailers, shopping centres, and the institutions like Besarabsky indoor market. The main artery of the city, Khreshchatyk traditionally provides the backdrop for outdoor concerts and public celebrations like Kyiv Day, held the last Sunday in May. Three professional football teams, an Olympics-class sports complex, 16 beaches, and more than 400 public bodies of water offer plenty of recreational activities year round. No wonder this spot on the map has been inhabited for more than 20,000 years!
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Saint Sophia Cathedral was begun between 1011 and 1037 and was intended to rival Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. The name is derived from Hagia Sophia, which means "holy wisdom" and not an actual female saint named Sophia. The church, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features 13 golden domes, royal tombs, ancient graffiti, and impressive Byzantine frescos and mosaics that decorate the walls, pillars, and vaults.

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