Andriyivskiy Uzviz and Podil

Andriyivskiy Uzviz and Podil

Andriyivskiy Uzviz (Descent) is one of the most beautiful and well-known streets of Kiev. In old times it used to it bound Old Kiev (Overhead city) where the Golden Gate and St. Sophia Cathedral were located, to Podil (Lower city) where the city port and craftsmen quarters were situated. The history of Andriyivskiy Uzviz is closely connected with the name of Christian apostle – Saint Andrew the First-called. As legend says, it has once been a sea in this place, but when Saint Andrew erected the cross on the top of the hill, the water went away. Now in this place there is Saint Andrew’s church – the main sight of the street.

Basic development of Andriyivskiy Uzviz was executed on a border of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here many famous scientists, writers, composers, artists and sculptors lived and worked. Today Andriyivskiy Uzviz is called "Kievan Monmartre", since here artists offer their works for sale. It is here you can purchase Ukrainian souvenirs – embroidered shirts ("vyshivanki"), painted tableware and figurines.

Andriyivskiy Uzviz leads to Podil, or Lower city. Podil is one of the oldest districts of Kiev, located along the banks of the Dnieper. Several centuries ago, ships came there with goods, pilgrims and just curious people. Now Podil is one of the most prestigious districts of the city and a popular place for walks and guests of Kiev.

The first sight of Podil is Postal Square. Here is the bottom station of the Kiev funicular and the reconstructed Church of Nativity, where in May 1861 people of Kiev said goodbye to Taras Shevchenko. Across the street there is the Dnieper River Station and the embankment. From Postal Square you can walk along the Sagaidachnogo Street to Kontraktova Square - the heart of Podil. The square got its name in the 19th century when trade fairs ("contracts") were held here. In the center of the square there is the trade complex Gostynniy Dvir. Across the street there is Kiev-Mohyla Academy, where such famous people as Skovoroda, Gulak-Artemovsky, Philip Orlik, and even Mikhail Lomonosov studied. Another interesting sight of the square is the construction of rotunda, under which there is the sculpture "Samson tearing the jaws of a lion". A century ago there was a fountain here, and a legend said that everyone who drinks some water from the fountain will always stay in Kiev.

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