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Kiev: City on the Dneiper

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Adrift on the Dneiper River

Antonio Esteban Gonsalez

The Ukrainian capital Kiev is closely tied to the Dneiper River on which it sits.   Kiev sits roughly midway down the 2.2k km (1.36k mi.) river, Europe's fourth longest .  The Dneiper rises near Smolensk in western Russia and empties into the Black Sea to the south.  Along the way, it provides enough hydropower to generate about 10% of the Ukraine's electricity needs.  In this video, you'll get a nice bird's eye view of the mighty river in winter, compliments of contributor Anthony Esteban Gonsales.

The Rodina Mat Statue

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Kyiv, Ukraine. Batkivschyna-Maty


The most prominent landmark in the Ukrainian capital Kiev is the Rodina Mat, a giant steel monument overlooking the Dneiper River.  The statue commemorates the USSR's victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 against Nazi Germany.  While recent laws have required many Soviet era monuments to be destroyed, World War II monuments are exempted.  Here is Tempostudio's drone video of the immense statue, which is now seen as recognition of Ukraine's immense contribution to the Soviet victory.

Moskovs'kyi Bridge

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Moskovs'kyi Bridge, Kyiv, Ukraine

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The Pivnichnyi (Northern) Bridge is a massive span which crosses the Dneiper River in Kiev, Ukraine.  It is the capital city's northernmost (upriver) crossing point, spanning a difficult and wide stretch of it compared to the crossing points of the downriver bridges.  Opened in 1976, the 816 meter (about 2.7k ft.) cable-stayed suspension bridge  was a major Soviet era infrastructure investment.  Contributor CamFly  flew a drone over the span at sunset to create this amazing bird's eye view.  

Kiev's Cathedrals

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Cathedrals of Kiev - Собори Києва

Alp Karagulle

One of the important distinctions between Ukrainian and Russian cultures is religion; whereas Russia is primarily Eastern Orthodox, Ukraine is predominantly Catholic.  Not surprisingly, the cathedrals which dot the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev are some of its most prominent landmarks.  In this video, contributor Alp Karagulle uses a drone to give us an aerial tour of the Cathedrals of Kiev, including the magnificent Saint Sophia's Cathedral. It's considered one of the great churches of Eastern Europe.

Independence Square

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Kiev Independence Square

Alp Karagulle

Contributor and drone pilot Alp Karagule created this awesome aerial video of the main square of Kiev, Ukraine.  It's now called Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), in recognition of the role it's played in promoting and securing Ukrainian independence from Russia since the time of the dissolution of the USSR in the early 1990's.  Independence is one of three main squares in the Ukrainian capital, which is the third largest city in Eastern Europe after Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia.

St. Andrew's Church

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St. Andrews Church over the Fog


St. Andrews Church is one of the most important in Kiev, a city known in part for its churches and monasteries.  It was constructed atop a prominent hill in the middle of the 18th century.  The church commemorates St. Andrew, who is alleged to have visited the site of the city on the Dneiper River in the first century AD.  It continued to hold services even during the worst period of Stalinist religious repression in the 1930's.  Today the church is considered one of the top 2-3 tourist spots in the city.  

St. Sophia's Cathedral and Rodina Mat

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Kiev from Above


In this drone video by YoungPilot, you will get aerial views of two of the most important landmarks in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev.  The first is the magnificent Saint Sophia's Cathedral and its adjacent Bell Tower.  Founded in the 11th century under Grand Prince Vladimir the Great, it's a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the city's top attractions.  The second featured spot is the massive Motherland (Rodina Mat) statue commemorating the country's role in defeating Nazi Germany.  

The Golden Gate

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Kiev Golden Gate


Contributor Sphereview created this beautiful drone video of one of the most important landmarks in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.  The Golden Gate was built in the 11th century as part of the fortification system to protect the city, which was perenially vulnerable to invasion from the west.  The gate fell into ruins during the Middle Ages.  In 1982, during the period of rule by the USSR, the gate was reconstructed.  The reconstruction was highly controversial, given the lack of information about the original design.    

Pecharsk Lavra Monastery

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Kiev Pechersk Lavra: Ukrainian Monastery


Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one of the most well known Christian Orthodoz monasteries.  It's situated in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.  Founded in the 11th century as a cave monastery, it's considered the most important Eastern Orthodox monastic structure in Eastern Europe.  The site consists of several different buildings, which are jointly managed by a museum commission and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Seen here in this drone video by Aleks-Dron83, Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one of the top tourist attractions in Kiev.  

National Circus and Mariyinsky Palace

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Kiev from the height of a bird's flight


This drone video of Kiev, Ukraine by contributor and pilot Aleks-Drone83 opens with some aerial shots of the National Circus Building in Peremohy Square, home of the country's world-famous circus which has entertained millions.  The second half of the video features footage of the magnificent Baroque-style Mariyinsky Palace.  Constructed in the late 1700's and used by the Russian royalty beginning with Catherine the Great, it burned and was reconstructed in the late 1800's by Alexander II.  

Kiev TV Tower

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Kiev TV tower epic drone video


As is the case with many Eastern European cities, the tallest landmark in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev is a broadcast tower.  The Kiev TV Tower stands 385 meters (about 1.25k ft.) over the city.  Completed during the Soviet era in 1973, it's still the world's tallest freestanding lattice construction.  The tower was originally designed to be built for Moscow, which instead opted for the design which became Ostankino Tower.  Check out Kiev's famous tower from a bird's eye view in this excellent drone video by smakozawr.  

Square of Contracts and St. Andrews Church

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Сили тяжіння/Forces of Attraction.


In this drone video by content creator Tempostudio, you'll get a great aerial perspective on two of the landmarks of the city of Kiev, Ukraine.  The video was shot over the Square of Contracts, a historic landmark which is now home to one of the country's largest ferris wheels.  As the video proceeds, you will be pointed in the direction of St. Andrew's Church.  Lying directly to the south of the square, it was built on the orders of Tsar Elizabeth I, along with the Mariyinsky Palace a bit further to the south.  

Feofaniya Park and St. Panteleimon's Cathedral

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Feofaniya in winter


Check out this aerial video of a well-known park in Kiev, Ukraine, compliments of contributor and drone pilot AEROZOND.  It's called Feofaniya Park, and it's located in the Holosiivskyi District south of the center city.  The park's main attraction, which you'll see prominently in the first part of the video, is the St. Panteleimon's Cathedral.  Constructed in the early 20th century, it's considered a prime example of the Russian Revival school of architecture which emerged in the 1800's.  

Kiev and its Bridges

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Antonio Esteban Gonsalez

The bridge and road infrastructure of Kiev, Ukraine is the subject of this drone video by Antonio Esteban Gonsalez.  As a city originating on the west bank of the Dneiper River, the ongoing growth of the Ukrainian capital city has been dependent on the construction of a series of bridges over the river.  In the video you'll see a number of the city's most well-known bridges, such as the Parkovy (pedestrian) bridge appearing at :30 and the landmark Pivnichnyi (formerly Moskovskyi) Bridge at :40.

Kiev's Monument to the Great Patriotic War

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Rodina Mat ( Батьківщина-мати ) Kiev - Ukraina

Alp Karagulle

The Motherland Monument (Rodina Mat) is an immense statue in Kiev, Ukraine.  Part of the Museum of the History of the Ukraine in World War II, the statue is a memorial to the many millions of Ukrainians who died during the Great Patriotic War (as World War II is generally known in the former Soviet Union).  In this video, contributor and pilot Alp Karagulle used a drone to create a stunning aerial perspective of this monument, which is still standing after most Soviet-era statues have been removed.