The Golden Gates of Kyiv

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The Golden Gates of Kyiv are an outstanding ancient defense monument of the Empire of Kyivan Rus. They were probably named in imitation of the Golden Gate of Constantinople.

Construction of the gates was mentioned in chronicles during the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1037. 

This fortress-tower was the main ceremonial entrance to ancient Kyiv. It remained the gateway to Kyiv until the 18th century although over the years the building fell into ruin and disrepair. The first renovations started in 1832. In 1970, a pavilion was built near the ruins; it housed a small museum, which was later moved to renovated premises in the Golden Gates.

To celebrate the 1,500th anniversary of Kyiv, the Golden Gates were completely reconstructed in 1982. Another major renovation was completed in 2007.

The edifice houses a museum devoted to the history and architecture of the Golden Gates, and the remnants of the ancient 11th century walls. The stairs lead tourists to the Church of the Annunciation and a magnificent view of the city.

Euromaidan Press

 

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Photographs by:

Maksym Ritus

 

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