Park of Glory-Kyiv

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This place is known as the Alley of Eternal Light to commemorate soldiers who laid their lives in two wars of the 20 century and continue to die now in eastern Ukraine to defend the country from Russia-backed and masterminded rebellion agression.

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The Eternal Light is the spot where official events take place and the highest leadership of the country and high-ranking foreign guests and leaders lay flowers.

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This alley is favorite for taking photographs as it provides a splendid view on Kyiv and the river sprawled below, down the hills. The sun lights the alley before noon, while the second part of the day it rests in the calm, soothing shadows of surrounding greenery.

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Old memories from Soviet times and reminders of the military past and wars that Ukraine was inevitably thrown in as a part of the Soviet Union.

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Now children crawl on the top of tanks and armored personnel vehicles softening the purpose of this technique designed to kill human and reminding how important the peace is -

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the thought that more than ever resonates with every Ukrainian as a military conflict is ravaging in the east of the country. Boys are playing safely under the careful onlooking of their parents. However, no doubtly absorbing tumultuous events from the news and conversations of adults, as they climb on vehicles and touch cold metal, they inadvertently try on hard roles that God forbid they will never have to live through.

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There is a podium lined up with rows of plastic seats down the hills. The podium serves as a stage from which concerts are performed by artists and singers on numerous occasions and the hills are the natural walls that amplify the sound. This place is favored in summer by many city dwellers exhausted by summer heat because it provides a sufficient shadow cover and extra oxygen from the greens. During holidays and on weekends there is an all-summer standing trade fair with hand-made soevenirs from Ukrainian handcraft workshops.

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During May holidays, which are traditionally celebrated with great attention in Ukraine, there is a flower exhibition  presented every year by Kyiv Landscape and Green Service in the Park of Glory. It attracts a host of visitors every year as people rush after a long winter to thaw their hearts at the sight of nature beauty.

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More flower beds...

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The Motherland sculpture is seen from different angles and from every place in the Park of Glory.

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Crowds flock to food and souvenir stands and to the edges of the fields for the pictures to be taken on the backdrop of the flower beds.

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Some unknown designer realized his or her fancy dreams in this modern art sculpture offering park visitors to look at the world through the red-tinted glasses.

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Household districts of the left bank are visible from far away across the river. Kyiv sprawled to the left bank in the second part of the 20 century. Currently there are about nine large and several more smaller bridges across the Dnieper in Kyiv connecting the right and the left banks of the city.

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Golden domes of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery could be seen in the park. In the picture there is the bell tower that could be seen from many places in Kyiv and especially from the Dnieper banks. Built in the second quarter of the 18th century, it for one and a half century remained the tallest building in Ukraine. About five millions of bricks were used for its construction and elements of decorative ceramic art were made in Lavra workshops. 

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The bridge provides a spectacular view to the left bank of the Dnieper.

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Trees running into the sky remind of the old age of this park that was conceived in 1894 by nobles and wealthy kyevans of that time including merchant L.Brodskii who donated 500 hundred rubles and prominent luminary and a political figure in tsar empire A.Anosov at his own expense built a ground for exercise that included ropes and ladders and masts and beams and tramplings and swings, swing bars, pins, slides and hills and many other attractions and devises and contraptions for workout. 

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Slightly off the road, next to the bridge that sweeps over to the park, there is a remarkable sculpture, one of the favorite among tourists and kyevans, the bronze ball to a remarkable figure in Ukraine's history - a hetman Ivan Mazepa.

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The sculpture was designed by an architect and sculptor Frank Meisler and it features silhouettes of churches that were built under the patronage and direct financing of Ivan Mazepa.

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A dove taking off into the skies symbolizes peace and spirituality

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while some fragments of the sculpture feature a Nicholas Military Cathedral that dates back to the beginning of the 15th century, that was part of a St. Nicholas Pustynnyi Monastery.

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On the way back to Arsenalna metro, there is a two-story Soviet-era large building known in the past as a Pioneers' Palace and currently carrying a name of a Palace for Children and Youth. It rents out premises for a host of youth clubs and is often used by traders and artists for exhibitions and trade fairs.

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Next to this building, there is a sculpture to motherhood (the sculptor: Valentyna Mykhailevcyh).

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There are quite rare red chestnuts nearby.

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And a Saliut hotel, also a piece of Soviet legacy, which is reflected in its imposing architecture

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and a decorative designer stars on its concrete plate.

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Wonderful, donned-green, lined-up with trees streets present at times an exquisite mix of old architecture...

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and glass-and-metal modern buildings.

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