|Graffiti from the Orange Revolution found at Independence square.|
St. Sophia's Catherdral is Kiev's oldest standing church. It has a very pretty blue watch tower. I just love the architecture, it's like what you would picture in Moscow.
Speaking of architecture, here's a funny piece of work. You might have to click on this picture to see it bigger. This is the House of Chimaeras/Gorodetsky House. Legend has it the architect,
Friendship arch, commemorating the relationship between Ukraine and Russia. It even lights up in rainbow colors at night!
If you have time you must see the Pyrohovo Museum of Folk Architecture. It is an outdoor living museum of 17th-20th century wooden cottages and churches divided up into seven "villages" representing the areas of Ukraine (think Williamsburg, VA). There are cute old ladies wandering around reenacting what the village people might have done.
A few more notes on Ukraine, we rode the bus everywhere and they pack into those buses like nobody's business. When there is no standing room left, they grab the door and swing into the bus when it closes. Regardless of how full the buses were though, as soon as people saw me with a little one in my arms someone gave up their seat. Ukranians do not smile at each other so they can tend to look very intimidating, but despite their hard looks and blunt ways they are sooo helpful!