Kitaevskaya Deserts - a picturesque location on the outskirts of Kiev, is a vast complex with lush gardens surrounded by forests and numerous lakes. It is also the burial place of many thousands of devotees of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Despite its closeness to the city center, the ancient appearance of the monastic caves and monastery is almost unchanged. Kitaevskaya desert is a whole complex of monastic buildings. The main temple is the Holy Trinity Church and the Church of the Holy Twelve Apostles are adjacent to residential housing fraternal, farm buildings and the refectory. The monastery was operational in the XVIII - beginning of XX century, and was restored in the 1990s.
Kitaevo desert is unique in that there is a temple of the Twelve Apostles gathered the relics of all the 12 apostles (with the exception of St. John the Divine, taken from the body to heaven, and the traitor Judas Iscariot, fallen away from the apostolic face), and many other great saints.
In addition to the main temples attractions of Kitaevo a cave monastery, appeared in Kitaevo in the XVI century. Underground labyrinths at Kitaevo are similar in structure to the cave Kivo-Pechersk Lavra. In Kitaevo are sacred springs and baths. Kitaevskaya desert is surrounded by greenery and hills, and many forest lakes. According to witnesses there were monastic gardens.
This is a wonderful and beautiful place to spend a whole day, looking up from city fuss.
The open-air museum was created in 1969. It consists of more than 300 rural buildings from around Ukraine. Those who selected the structures chose them from buildings in more than 4,000 towns. The structures were built from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. They are organised by regions of the country: Naddnepryanschina, Poltavschina, Slobozhanschina, Polesie, Podoliya, Karpathy and Southern Ukraine. In each regional grouping, you can see churches, huts, houses, schools and commercial buildings. There are separate groupings dealing with meals and rural life in the period 1960 - 1970. Traditional Ukrainian folk celebrations are held at the museum - and are very popular. You can see folk art from all over Ukraine. The restaurants offer you traditional dishes from around the country. Lots of open space and fresh air will make your visit relaxing. For good measure, you can ride horses and have a barbecue. A visit to the open-air museum will not only acquaint you with rural Ukraine from medieval times until now, but will be restful for you. Come when the weather is good, and you will always have fond memories of your visit.
Vidubitskiy Monastery is in a southern suburb of Kiev. The original monastery was around long before Prince Vladimir christened the Kiev Rus empire in 988. The monks had no buildings, however. They lived in caves in Mount Zverinets. In 988, they decided to build an above-ground monastery. Over time, the caves were turned into an underground cemetery. The caves also contain a church where the names of the monastery's seven hygumens are carved. The first above-ground monastery was wooden, so fires destroyed it several times. In 1054 Prince Yaroslav the Wise gave Vidubichi to his son Prince Vsevolod, who decided to build a church of stone. The church was devoted to the Archangel Michael. In the 12th century the Vidubitskiy Monastery became famous as a centre of chronicle writing. Between the late 17th and early 18th centuries, a number of wonderful buildings went up on the site. Today, the architectural ensemble of the monastery includes the church of the Archangel Michael (1070-1769), George Church (1696-1701) and the Church of the Saviour (1696-1791), built in the Ukrainian Baroque style. St. Michael's Cathedral is small and almost unchanged since the 11th century. In 1833 the building's foundation was fixed and the architect Melenskiy built the third floor in classicist style. A two-story annex was added to the side of the entrance in 1913. The first floor contains a small shop where candles and other ritual accessories are sold. The second floor was equipped as a vestry and library. Since the late 18th century, many famous cultural figures, scientists and military leaders have been buried in the monastery cemetery. Besides the attractions of the monastery itself, another reason to visit is the nearby Central Botanical Garden of the Ukrainian Academy of Science. It has a superb collection of plants.
Rancho Bolivar is an entertainment place for those who love nature, sports (horseback riding, fishing, hunting) and good food.
It is situated in a picturesque southern suburb of Kiev, surrounded by forests and fields. Here you can spend a couple of days without doing the same thing twice. If you have never tried riding horses, but would like to, experienced coaches will give you your first lessons. Beautiful, well-bred, gentle horses are available. You start by riding in a corral, to get used to a horse. After that, you can go on guided tours of nearby fields or forest.
Rancho Bolivar also offers tennis, billiards and pool.
If you are a fishing fan, you'll love Rancho Bolivar. Some of the fishing that is done is in a cave near a beautiful lake. Fishing gear is provided, and any fish you catch can be cooked on the spot. And red wine is available - a touch that Ernest Hemingway would have appreciated.
You can spend the night at Rancho Bolivar in a hotel built in the style of a medieval castle. Each of the units has a hunting motif. And - what a great touch! - each also has a fireplace.
In the evening, if you'd like, you can order barbeque (shashlik). Then you can sit down and watch it being cooked as the sun sets.
If you get really tired - you definitely will if you try everything Rancho Bolivar has to offer - you can then have a Russian sauna prepared for you. The friendly and helpful staff working there will give you a traditional 'switching' with a birch broom to relax you and then an even more intense and relaxing massage.
The Restaurant - If you don't have the time to stay for long, you should at least have lunch or dinner at Rancho Bolivar. You will never forget the warm, wood interior of the restaurant. It offers tasty cuisine from Ukraine and other places inEurope. Or you can try your imagination and order any dish that comes to your mind - and it will be cooked for you. There is also a bar with a wide choice of drinks.
Forget about your everyday troubles and escape from the ordinary. Come to Rancho Bolivar. For a couple of days, you can play that cowboy you saw in the movies or the hunter you've read about in books. Or just relax. You won't forget the experience.
In the suburbs around Kiev there are many lovely relaxing places – restaurants, bars, hotels in the forests with man made and natural lakes, swimming pools and barbeque places, where you can wine and dine, sunbathe or go fishing in the summer, sit by the fireplace or fire pit in the winter and enjoy the relaxing singing of birds and fresh air in the forests. The food at these welcoming establishments is delicious and authentic. Forest restaurants turned into the leisure and recreation clubs: Spa centers, quad biking, paintball, horse riding, private beaches with sunbeds, umbrellas, tents and waiter service, mini-zoo, etc…
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