Podil District

The Podil district of Kiev is a flat area near the Dnipro River. The area is full of historic churches and is the home of the Chernobyl Museum, but there are some other highlights for visitors who take the time to explore it.

Kontraktova Square is the focal point of Podil. It’s one of the oldest squares in Kiev and serves as a transport and economic hub. The square gets it’s name from the contracts that were reached at the commodities market that was once there. Unfortunately, the Hosting Court, which is the main building in the center of the square, was behind large fences and scaffolding. The locals told me it’s a beautiful square when it isn’t under construction.

Trams leaving from Kontraktova Square in Kiev, Ukraine

Trams leaving from Kontraktova Square

Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kontraktova Square

Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kontraktova Square

Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kontraktova Square

The Fountain of Samson, built in 1748, sits in the middle of the square and is one of its most popular attractions. It was destroyed by the Soviets in 1934 and rebuilt in 1981.

Fountain of Samson in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Fountain of Samson

Fountain of Samson in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Fountain of Samson

Two other monuments are in the square. One is dedicated to Hetman Petro Sahaydachny (1582-1622) and the other to Ukrainian philosopher Grigory Skovoroda (1722-1794).

Petro Sahaydachny monument on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Petro Sahaydachny monument

Petro Sahaydachny monument on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Petro Sahaydachny monument

Grigory Skovoroda monument on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Grigory Skovoroda monument

Around the square are several historic buildings. The Contracts House, built in 1815, gives the square its name. Until 1917, all contracts in the city had to be signed in the building.

Contracts House on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Contracts House

Other buildings are part of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, one of the Ukraine’s best universities. It dates back to 1615 and boasts several notable alumni in politics, art, writing, and the Orthodox church.

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Mazepa Building of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Mazepa Building of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

On the north side of the square is the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theater for Children and Youth, founded in 1985. On the south side is the Nazaire Suhoty House, built in 1804 for a rich merchant.

Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theater for Children and Youth on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theater for Children and Youth

Nazaire Suhoty house on Kontraktova Square in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Nazaire Suhoty house

The main road that intersect with Kontraktova Square is Petra Sahaidachnoho Street. Along it, there are lots of restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues.

Petra Sahaidachnoho street in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Petra Sahaidachnoho street

Petra Sahaidachnoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine

Petra Sahaidachnoho Street

There are also some nice buildings to keep your eye open for.

Petra Sahaidachnoho street in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Petra Sahaidachnoho street

Petra Sahaidachnoho street in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Petra Sahaidachnoho street

Petra Sahaidachnoho street in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Petra Sahaidachnoho street

At the other end of Petra Sahaidachnoho Street is Poshtova Square, another historic square in Kiev. The Kiev Funicular is located there. It takes passengers up to St. Michael’s Golden-Domed MonasteryAndriyivskiyy UzvizSt. Sophia Cathedral, and more attractions.

Kiev Funicular in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev Funicular

Kiev Funicular in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev Funicular

Kiev Funicular in Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev Funicular

Kiev Funicular in Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev Funicular

Towards the river from this point is the Kiev River Port, where you can catch a relaxing one-hour scenic river cruise.

Throughout the rest of Podil, it’s worth wandering through the quieter streets away from Kontraktova Square. You’ll be rewarded with some beautiful architecture and colorful buildings.

Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Podil

Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Podil

Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Podil

Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Podil

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