Excursions in Kiev & suburbs » Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent)
Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) is the second most popular street in Kiev after Khreschatyk. Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) leads from Volodymyrska Street to Desyatynna Street and Kontraktova Ploscha (Square) which is located at Podil. The upper section of the street existed at the times of Kiev Rus, it connected Old Kiev and Podil and laid between Andriyivsky and Zamkovy hills, but only pedestrians and horsemen could move along it. The street was named after Saint Andrew. Chronicles say that after long attempts to spread Christianity in the Scythian land about 2 thousand years ago Andrew the Apostle blessed the slopes of the Dnieper and predicted the appearance of a great Christian city. The church named after him was build at the place where Andrew the Apostle was standing once.
Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) is a street-museum. At every step you can see something interesting, bohemian atmosphere of late XIX - early XX century prevails in the street. Among the most famous Kiev sights located on Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) is Andriyivska Tserkva (St. Andrew's Church) constructed according to decree of Empress Catherine II under the project of Rastrelli.
Not far from Andriyivska Tserkva (St. Andrew's Church) the ruins of the first stone church of Kiev Rus – Desyatynna Tserkva (Church of the Tithes) are situated. That is where the name of the church comes from. It was a cross-domed six-pillar temple. At the beginning of the ХI century it was surrounded by galleries on three sides. Volodymyr Sviatoslavovych and his wife the Byzantine princess Anna were buried in Desyatynna Tserkva (Church of the Tithes), remains of Kiev Princess Olga were also transferred there. During excavations in 2005 archaeologists also managed to find three burials of mid X century. Somewhere at that spot a mound was situated which was demolished for construction of the church.
Next the tour will guide you to one of the most mysterious and enigmatic buildings in Kiev – Richard’s Castle. And at every step along this ancient street you time and time again will observe architectural masterpieces, works of art masters or museum exhibits.
Tourists are fascinated by the street flavour. Gradually, starting from 1985 Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) became the place of regular celebration of various art festivals. Kiev artists took fancy to the street turning it into a workroom in the open air and at the same time in the shop. Here you can observe how a new painting is born under a brush of an artist or buy a picture you like. Gradually Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) filled out with art studios, salons, art galleries. Besides only here you can find so many national souvenirs, handicrafts of Ukrainian masters and items of Soviet symbols: military uniform, badges, awards and many others.
All this and many other things will make a walk on the ancient paving stone of Andriyivsky Uzviz (St. Andrew's descent) a memorable event in the program of Kiev sightseeing.
You can stay in the street for individual walk, purchase of souvenirs and works of local artists after the excursion.
Duration of excursion: 1,5 hours.
There are group discounts (for groups consisting of 4 and more persons).
The price includes:
Transport: place of residence – beginning of the Andrew's descent;
Excursion with a personal guide (all languages) throughout the whole territory;
For more information, please contact us.
Price from: 15,00 €
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