The capital city of Ukraine has long been called Kiev, but its official spelling of Kyiv, the original transliteration from Ukrainian, is what everyone in the city prefer to call it. In fact, the outdated ‘Kiev’ is considered almost rude, because the word comes from the Russian transliteration during the Soviet era, a bad chapter in Ukraine’s history. But Ukrainian history extends far beyond the Soviet regime, and Kyiv is a reminder of it. The city is one of the oldest in Europe and the cradle from which East Slavic and Eastern European culture developed and spread. Here’s a look at some photos of the Ukrainian city. ALSO READ: Top 10 Cheapest Holiday Destinations in 2018 Revealed in New Study Also Read - 'Don't Kill Your Protesters', Trump Warns Iran; Claims Sanctions, Demonstrations 'Choked off' The Country

Aerial view of Kiev Pechersk Lavra churches on hills from above

Aerial top view of Kiev Pechersk Lavra churches on hills from above, cityscape of Kyiv city, Ukraine Also Read - US Officials Claim Iran Targeted Ukrainian Plane That Crashed Killing 176 Passengers



The top view of Saint Andrew’s church and Andreevska street and Podol district, Kyiv

Aerial top view of Saint Andrew's church and Andreevska street from above, cityscape of Podol district, city of Kiev (Kyiv) skyline, Ukraine Also Read - Trump Impeachment: Democrats Release Report on Findings of US President's Abuse of Power

The view of Khreshchatyk, European Square and Ukrainian House in the city center

Aerial view of Khreshchatyk, European Square and Ukrainian House in the city center of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine



A beautiful view of the area near the city center at sunset 

Beautiful area of kiev near the city center at sunset time, aerial photography in Kiev, Ukraine

Christmas tree with lights at night, with the Sophia Cathedral in the background

Christmas tree with lights outdoors at night in Kiev. Sophia Cathedral on background. New Year Celebration

The Founders Monument by the Dniper River, dedicated to the legendary founders of Kyiv

Founders Monument Dniper River Kiev Symbol Kiev Ukraine. Prince Kiy Builder Khoriv Sister Libed Sculptor Boroday 1982,Monument to legendary founders of Kiev

Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, also called the Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Kiev Monastery of the Caves or the Kiev Pechersk Lavra

The Monument of Independence in Kyiv

Monument of Independence in Kiev

The night skyline of Kyiv, showcasing its more modern side

Night Kiev city view, panorama of modern bulding Kiev, Ukraine

Scenic view of the Hetman Bohdan Khmelnitsky monument and Saint Sophia’s Cathedral on Sofia Square, Kyiv

Scenic view on Hetman Bohdan Khmelnitsky monument and Saint Sophia's Cathedral on Sofia Square, Kyiv, Ukraine. Beautiful autumn scenery

People on the Independence Square at the ‘I love Kiev’ installation

People on the Independence Square at the installation I love Kiev in Ukrainian

The South bridge at sunset across the Dnieper River

The South bridge at night, Kiev, Ukraine. Bridge at sunset across the Dnieper River. Kiev bridge against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset in Kiev. Bridge in evening sunshine

Founded along the Dnipro River, Kyiv today is home to around three million people, and it has preserved and proudly showcases its history and heritage. It is today a hidden gem, with people only now discovering the charm of the city and its Kreshchatyk avenue. The city has seen troubling times, even recently. But since then the city has evolved along with the rest of Ukraine. Kyiv today is home to a vibrant art culture, complete with hip cafes and pubs and art galleries.