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Kyiv is One of Europe's Most Vibrant 21st- Century Cities - The New York Times PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, June 26, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "With a thriving contemporary art scene, a new generation of chefs taking innovative

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Kyiv is One of Europe's Most Vibrant 21st-
Century Cities - The New York Times
PR Newswire
KYIV, Ukraine, June 26, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine
,
June 26, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
"With a thriving contemporary art scene, a new generation of chefs
taking innovative approaches to Ukrainian cuisine, and a delirious
dance-til-dawn night life, Kyiv - currently a co-host of the 2012
European Soccer Championship - is a weekend magnet for European
and Russian fashionistas," this is how
The New York Times
begins its
account about
Ukraine's
capital city. The article
36 Hours in
Kyiv
depicts Kyiv as the city of contrasts - from cathedrals to
numerous nightclubs.
Kyiv is usually considered a birthplace of Slavic nations, however, it should not
mean that the city is dull or 'dour', cautions the article. In fact, the city is bright
with its colorful buildings and golden domes. In addition to the beautiful man-
made and natural sceneries, Kyivers themselves were gifted with "hearty sense
of humor and a seemingly boundless hunger for fun". In order to accommodate
the demand, the city boasts numerous cafes and restaurants, busy beaches
and bars that never close.
The article then goes on depicting stadium-shaped Maidan Nezalezhnosti
(Independence Square), the city's modern and historical center. The Maidan is
home to both Czarist, Beaux-Arts and Stalinist buildings as well as to new glass-
enclosed Globus luxury mall, representing the new era. Green and gold domes
of Saint Sophia cathedral, dating from the 11
th
century, mark the place to hear
prayer accompanied by the a cappella choral music.
The Unesco World Heritage site Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra monastery is home to
upper and lower catacombs with subterranean tunnels past ancient glass-
encased tombs of mostly Orthodox saints and monks. The special praise of the
newspapers goes to elaborately gilded 11
th
-century Dormition Cathedral,
reconstructed after its destruction in World War II. This June Kyiv's Maidan
Nezalezhnosti has been transformed into
EURO 2012
biggest fan-zone. Along
with Kyiv, three other Ukrainian cities: Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv have done
their share in hosting the championship.
Ukraine
co-hosts this major sporting
event with the neighboring
Poland
(four stadiums in each country). It's been
speculated that if
Ukraine
were to solely host
EURO 2012
championship then
the international fan community could also have discovered such pearls as
southern port-city Odesa, Crimean Simferopol and Yalta, eastern
Dnipropetrovsk and western Chernivtsi and Uzhgorod.