Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia's Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.
Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, is a must for any visitor: guardian of a rich history, dotted with invasions and marked by Orthodox traditions, it is home to a very important and exciting religious heritage, especially churches. But Kiev is also a city where the Dnieper flows, surrounded by many parks where even beaches are found in summer, and which is dotted with many shops and restaurants, especially on the main thoroughfare, Khreshchiatik Street. Another avenue where to stroll, Volodimirska street, leading from the Cathedral of St. Sophia to the Golden Gate, then to the opera and Shevchenko Park.