Kiev is situated on hilly terrain overlooking the Dnieper River in northern Ukraine. Since medieval times, Kiev city has developed as an important commercial, religious, and cultural center. Although many historic landmarks remain intact, much of the city was rebuilt after World War II (1939-1945) in a more modern style, as shown here.
The Cathedral of Saint Sophia, also known as the Hagia Sophia of Kyiv, is Ukraine’s most famous church. The country’s oldest cathedral, it dates to the early 11th century but was largely rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries.