Volodymyr’s Hill

Volodymyr’s Hill is one of the many forested parks along the Dnipro River in Kiev. In the center is a huge monument dedicated to St. Volodymyr (Vladimir the Great), a Grand Prince of Kiev who converted to Christianity in 988 and Christianized the Kievan Rus’. The monument was erected in 1853 and is the oldest sculptural monument in Kiev.

St. Volodymyr monument at Volodymyr's Hill in Kiev, Ukraine

St. Volodymyr monument

St. Volodymyr monument at Volodymyr's Hill in Kiev, Ukraine

St. Volodymyr monument

St. Volodymyr monument at Volodymyr's Hill in Kiev, Ukraine

St. Volodymyr monument

There are excellent views of the Dnipro River from the hill.

View of the Dnipro River at Volodymyr's Hill in Kiev, Ukraine

View of the Dnipro River

I wandered around the park a bit and made my way down the St. Andrew’s Steps, an ancient cobblestone path that leads down to the Podil district.

St. Andrew's Steps at Volodymyr's Hill in Kiev, Ukraine

St. Andrew’s Steps

St. Andrew's Steps at Volodymyr's Hill in Kiev, Ukraine

St. Andrew’s Steps

At the top of Volodymyr’s Hill is St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and at the bottom  is the Podil district. A funicular runs between the two.

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