Kiev is widely believed to be the oldest city in Europe. Leafy green avenues are interspersed by the golden domes of Orthodox churches and a lively café scene prevails throughout the city. Prince Vladimir and his son, Yaroslav the Wise, were the main monarchs who brought Kiev to the forefront of European history. Yaroslav was the patron behind the magnificent St. Sophia Cathedral – a city landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kiev has also always had a thriving Jewish community and both her churches and her synagogues rival one another in their graceful beauty. The Jewish community of Kiev made up about 20% of Kiev’s population prior to World War II. The Central Synagogue with its gorgeous chandeliers lay shut during the Soviet era. It has only recently been restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit. Kiev’s Opera House is known for its excellent ballet, opera and symphony and in season, its worth taking in a performance or two. Discover the depths of Kiev’s ancient heritage with Exeter International.
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