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Podil

  • Podil is low-lying part of the historic city centre.

     

    Podil was an area of artisans and employees of river transport since ancient times. The street names, which have survived since the times of Kievan Rus, are the evidence of this fact: Sрchekavytska, Khoryva, Borysohlibska, Honcharna, Dehtiarna, Kozhumiatska and others. Numerous guests from different lands with the goods, arrived here, to Pochaina harbor.

    Podil is located along the right bank of the Dnipro and Kyiv harbor, under the mountains: Starokyivska, Zamkova, Shchekavytsia and Yurkovytsia. Kontraktova Ploshcha (literally – Marketplace) is the centre of Podil. Several descents connect Podil with Upper City, the most popular of them – Andriivskyi, which is the highlight of the city, the "Kyiv Montmartre." 

    The district has repeatedly suffered flooding, destructions and fires. Restorations of the city, after the hordes of Batu Khan had destroyed and robbed it, began from Podil.

    On July 9, 1811 a large fire destroyed the most of Podil buildings. After the fire Podil was re-planned by architect V. Geste, and A. Melensky, the chief architect of the city, embodied his ideas. The quarters were enlarged, and instead of winding, narrow backstreets the straight streets appeared there.

    Architectural monuments of XII, XVI-XIX centuries preserved at Podil: the old building of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, house of Peter I, the Church of Intercession (Pokrovsky), house of Strelbytsky, bell tower of St. Nicholas Church, Guest House, Church of Our Holy Mother Pyrogoshcha, Pokrovsky Monastery (of Intercession), Florovsky Monastery, St. Illya Church, Church of St. Nicholas Prytysk, Riverside St. Nicholas Church, River Station, funicular, G. Skovoroda monument.

     

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