Kiev the capital of Ukraine, is more than 1525 years old. It is one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe. A garden city, a city of museums, Kiev is the historic, political, religious, scientific and cultural centre of Ukraine. It is also the largest city in the country, and one of the largest industrial centres. Its factories and plants produce air liners, computers, motorcycles and consumer goods. According to the chronicles, the founders of Kiev were the brothers Kyi, Shchek, and Khoriv. The city was named after the eldest, Kyi. The memory of the other two brothers has been preserved the names of hills and streets.
Thousands of people from Ukraine and abroad come to Kiev each year. Among them are scientists, who visit the National Scientific Library (over 10 million volumes), the national Parliamentary Library, Medical, Agricultural, Technical and many other libraries in Kiev. Those, who are interested in cultural life of the city, may choose among 41 Kiev theatres. The most famous of them are: the National Opera, Ukrainian Drama Theatre, and Operetta Theatre, House of Organ and Chamber Music and others.
If you are interested in history, you may visit the Historical Museum, Museum of Ukraine’s Literature, Western and Eastern Art Museum, Museum of Kiev’s History and many other museums in Kiev. If you walk along the streets of the city, you will notice numerous monuments. Among them could be monuments to Taras Shevchenko, Bohdan Khmelnitsky, Lesya Ukrainka and many others.
But most of the people come to Kiev to see the beauty of the Dnieper and numerous parks of the capital, and get acquainted with unique Ukrainian culture and character. You may feel the character of the city, if you visit its main street, Khreshchatic. The street is not very long, but very impressive. You may drink a cup of coffee; visit numerous shops, banks and offices, which are situated here. On business trip or on vacation, you will always enjoy visiting Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
chronicle — хроника
a founder — основатель
a volume — том
a monument — памятник
impressive — впечатляющий