[:en]Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine, one of the most ancient cities in the world. It is known in history as the “Mother of Russ cities”, the capital of the first Eastern-Slavic state, the Kyiv Russ. Kyiv played an important role in the development of the world culture. It was founded in the VI century and was adopted to Christianity by Prince Vladimir in 988, which was spread in whole Russ. Kyiv is a major scientific center. There are numerous universities and institutions of higher education, research and design organizations here.
Kyiv is one of largest cultural centers. There are many remarkable monuments of history, architecture and arts such as St. Sophia Cathedral (XI-XVIII centuries), The Golden Gates (XI-XX), the Kyiv-Pechery Lavra (XI-XX), St. Cyril Church (XII-XIX), St. Andrew Church (XVIII, architect B.Rastrelli), Marian Palace (XVIII, architect B. Rastrelli) etc. Kyiv is known as city-park. Woods, gardens, parks and tree-lined boulevard take more than 2/3 of its area. Kyiv is situated on the banks of the Dnipro River, making it inimitable in its charm.