Independence Square

Independence Square
Independence Square
Maidan Nezalezhnosti

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Editor's review

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!

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United Arab Emirates

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...

Reply Jun 29th, 2013
United States

We always met up here before heading out. The fountain and square can steal hours from you!

Reply May 21st, 2010
United States

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

Reply Mar 13th, 2008
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