INDEPENDANCE SQUARE KIEV
Independence Square or "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" as it is known, should be at the top of your list of sightseeing in Kiev. At weekends, Kreshatyk the main street in Kiev is closed to traffic and during the warmer months many events take place.
Independence square is an excellent place to begin sightseeing in Kiev. It is situated at the north end of Khreshchatyk Street, which is the main street in Kiev. Independence Square is most commonly known for staging the events of the Orange revolution in 2004. Most recently it was one of the focal points of the Maidan revolution in 2014.
The best place to take pictures is to remain on the same side as the column and walk toward the shopping centre at the back of the square. Look for a café on the left to the shopping centre entrance. Here you will find some steps. When you get to the top you will have a great view of the square in front of you. For a different camera angle, cross the bridge to your right when facing the square and walk across to the other side of the road.
At weekends and on public holidays Khreshchatyk Street and Independence square are pedestrianised. Getting to Independence square is easy. Either take the metro to Maidan Nezalezhnosti or metro to Khreschatyk. If you go to Khreshchatyk you will need to turn right as you leave the metro. It is a 5 minute walk. The square is split into two halves divided by the road.
During the evening summer months a fountain display set to music and lights can be seen on the opposite side of Independence square. It's free of charge and attracts small crowds who delight in the choreographed jets of water shooting high up in the night sky.