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Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), Kiev

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As Kiev's main plaza and gathering place, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) has served as the site of many influential protest movements and rallies throughout Ukraine's recent history. Though the site developed as a residential area during the 1800s, the destruction during World War II caused the area to be rebuilt in Stalinist style. Visit the square for yourself to admire the triumphal sculptures and angel-topped pillar. Envision the crowds that gathered here in 1989 and 1990 at the start of Ukraine's bid for independence from the Soviet Union, in 2004 during the Orange Revolution that marked its transition into infant democracy, and again one decade later in the Euromaidan protests. Arrange your visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kiev using our Kiev itinerary planner.
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  • This is a lovely and historic square, featuring numerous fountains and some lovely monuments. The square is a center for political demonstrations and protest. During the evenings, there's a lovely sho...  more »
  • The Independence Square is an interesting sight, but sadly, the square is crowded. Furthermore, the traffic that surrounds it is noisy and somewhat ruins this otherwise nice sight.  more »
  • Not really necessary .... A statue standing in a large square on the main street in Kiev, not really impressed, there are more beautiful than him and a lot.  more »

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