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This post is my entry for the Micro Travel Writing Workshop, sponsored by Nerd's Eye View.

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St. Andrew's Church - Kyiv, Ukraine

St. Andrews Church and Andriivsky UzvizNo structure better captures the historical essence of Kyiv than St. Andrew’s Church.  This cerulean-colored, baroque-style church was built in the mid-1700’s by the principal architect of “modern” Moscow, Ivan Michurin, based upon designs by renowned Russian architect Bartholomeo Rastrelli. Restoration of the church’s five bud-shaped domes and spires in the late 1970’s utilized Rastrelli’s original cupola designs that were found in Vienna, Austria prior to the repairs.

St. Andrew’s is the pride of the area, situated high atop Starokyivskaya Hill at the summit of ancient Andriivsky Uzviz. Located at this crossroads of Kyiv’s upper city and the working-class Podil district, the church is now a museum and the centerpiece of a modern bazaar. Artists and street vendors line the cobblestone streets sell their multi-colored matrioshka dolls and other Ukrainian goods from the confines of their white plastic tents.

Today, the church still plays host to occasional services of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. St. Andrew’s is the perfect destination where visitors can immerse themselves in Kyiv’s architecture, history and culture.