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Rebuilt from scratch after being dynamited by the retreating Soviets in 1941, Independence Square is the undisputed central hub of Kiev. It is a suitably impressive space, dominated by imposing Stalinist brutes like the Central Post Office and Hotel Ukraina. However, after renovations in 2002, the Square is no drab Soviet throwback. The gold-gilded feathers of Archangel Michael sparkle majestically above both a triumphant arch and the sky-scraping Independence Column, the glass domes of Globus shopping mall refract the Kyivan sun, water cascades down a space-age waterfall and fountain... And inevitably hungry tourists can also stop off for a Big Mac and fries!
Editor & Kiev Local
Hi there, I'll be visiting Kiev in later July early August for week. Looking for a local, preferrably a girl, who speaks rather good English to show me around interesting places in the city. A student of history/culture/architecture will be perfect. I'm a well-travelled guy but this will be my first time in the Ukraine. If interested please respond to this and we take it from there...
We always met up here before heading out. The fountain and square can steal hours from you!
independence square is one of the worlds greatest squares. i didn't expect to see such an impressive space in kiev. you could sit here all day and see what is going down. fantastic