Autumn is here.. given color by the changing leaves.. and one of the prettiest places to see these in Kyiv, Ukraine is Feofaniya Park..
Located in the suburbs of the southern part of the city and easily reached by marshutka..
Brick pathways wind through this 1.5 sq km park
A couple small lakes with a gazebo sit waiting
And St. Pantelemion’s Cathedral stands watch over all
A great place to unwind from the hectic days in the city.. or just sit back and look at the wonderful show delivered by the coming of autumn..
Following up yesterday’s post of St. Panteleimon’s Cathedral (Nunnery) , I thought a word or two about Feofaniya Park would be appropriate. This rolling hills park with it’s wide bricked paths and multiple ponds reminded me of my home city parks in Denver, Colorado. While most parks in Kyiv seemed to be mainly uncontrolled forests with paths, Feofaniya is sculptured, trimmed and a botanical beauty, filled with flowers, trees and shrubs. In my mind, it is surpassed only by the M.M. Gryshko National Botanical Gardens.
It is definetly worth the metro ride to the Ipodrom stop and short (#768) Marshutka ride. Entrance is free to the park and transportation will set you back an even 5 uah (less than $1.00 USD)
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St. Pantheleimon Nunnery is a wonderful Eastern Orthodox cathedral located neighbourhood of Theophania. It is considered a high point in Russian Revival ecclesiastical architecture. It can be most easily reached by taking the Blue metro line to the Ipodrom stop and marshrutka #768 to the end of it’s run.. Then a short walk down hill to the park entrance.. Total cost – 5 uah for transportation … park entrance is free.
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