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Kiev Golden Gate
Volodymyrska str. 40A
1164 AD
10am - 6pm (Mon, Tue: 5pm)
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This attraction is included in the following city tours

Golden Gate in the middle age

Over the time, the building was dilapidated. From the notes of travelers of 16-17 century, and judging from the drawings made ​​in 1651, it becomes clear that at this period of time Golden Gate were in a dilapidated condition, without losing the status of the main entrance to Kiev though until the mid-18th century. It was at the Golden Gate in 1648, when the jubilant Kievian people met Bohdan Khmelnytsky, who returned with a victory after the Battle near  Yellow water city. Through the Golden Gate the Russian embassy solemnly entered into the city Kiev , after the unification of Ukraine with Russia in 1654.

At the boundary of 17th and 18th centuries the reconstruction of fortifications has started in Kiev, and the earthen bastions were erected in front of the gates. In the mid-18th century ruins of the monument had been covered with earth, and near to the old place new gates were built with the same title.

Only in 1832, the old Golden Gate again became available for visiting. Kondraty Lokhvitskiy, using his own funds, as well as money received by charitable subscription, conducted excavations, which helped to bring the historic monument to Kiev people. Lokhvitskiy was amateur archaeologist, and his dilettantism irritated professional archaeologists, but he has done a great contribution for the history of Kyiv. As a result of excavations the passage was bulldozed, and  the remains of earthworks removed, which were located on both sides of the gate before. Under the guidance of architect Vincent Beretti ruins were fundamentally and reliably reinforced.

In the mid-20th century, the Golden Gate state caused serious concerns among scientists. In 1970, they have got the idea to close the ancient monument with a pavilion covering it to protect the “ruins” from atmospheric effects, as well as recreate the original look of the Golden Gate. Thus, the ruins will be preserved, and at the same time, given the opportunity to show the citizens of Kiev and visitors a historic monument in the form in which it existed at one time. Project of Golden Gate conservation made ​​it possible to preserve the ancient masonry, including those elements that were added during the renovation and restoration in the 17th and 19th centuries.

Excursions to the Golden Gate monument

Pavilion-monument of Golden Gate was opened in May 1982, to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of Kiev. Now they have arranged an exhibition hall inside the shaft segments, where you can see the remaining part of the fortifications, also there is the staircase, on which you can climb up to admire the view of modern Kiev, and see the tiny chirch on the top of the roof.

Go2UA tours to the Golden Gate are available with a private guide optionally: walking or by car.

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