Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ukraine - Kyiv

Here's another postcard from my favorite country :) More precisely - from it's capital, Kyiv. I received this one in the Slavic countries RR :) I still have MANY postcards from Ukraine (some from my friends and some that I bought myself), but I think it wouldn't be so interesting, if I posted them all during one week or month, so I post them quite rarely :)

This postcard shows the interior of the Saint Andrew's Church (Ukrainian: Андріївська церква - Andriyivs'ka tserkva), which was constructed in 1747-1754 in Baroque style.

The Saint Andrew's Church overlooks the historic Podil neighborhood, situated on a steep hill to which the church gave its current name Andriyivska Hill. It is currently one of four architectural landmarks of Ukraine, which were put down on the List of Mankind Treasures of Five Continents by the world society.

As the church sits atop a hill, foundation problems have been one of the main concerns of preservationists. More recently, the foundation below the church has started to shift, causing some concerns that the church's foundation might collapse. Cracks have already appeared in the foundation, and some of the church's falling decor has been found in neighboring areas.

By the way, don't you think that having cards from places that you've been to is very fun? :)

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