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Why visit Kiev?
Once you have become acquainted with Kiev’s parks and avenues, the next stop on your tour should be Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Kyiv Monastery of the Caves. Standing on a hill overlooking the Dnipro river, Pechersk Lavra is probably rivals St. Sophia’s Cathedral as the premier tourist attraction in Kiev. A monastic complex famed for its buried monks, spiritual atmosphere, and unique underground caves the site is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Still an active monastery, Pechersk Lavra is a true dedication to Christianity. For non-religious visitors, the underground caves and preserved historical sites provide a richly atmospheric experience.
Once you have had your fill of churches and religuos sites, and when you have legs aching from all the walking, what next is there to do in Kiev? Well, at this stage our advice would be to try horilka pertsivka. This Ukrainian vodka is distilled with chillies and is usually drunk neat.
Not for the faint hearted this is just one of a huge selection of infused vodka that you will find produced in Ukraine. On a tour of Kiev you will certainly get the chance to sample as many local varities. Be warned though, it is unusual to leave after just the one shot!