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Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine

Situated at the northern end of Khreschatyk, Kiev’s Independence Square received global media attention in 2004 as the focal point of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. Orange-clad demonstrators gathered in the Independence Square in Kiev during November, 2004. On some days, the number of protesters in the center of Kiev reached hundreds of thousands (one million by some estimates). Today, things have calmed down a little and the tented city that sprung up overnight has long gone. Independence Square, however, is still the city’s most popular spot for meetings, late night drinking and people watching.

Situated at the northern end of Khreschatyk, Kiev’s Independence Square received global media attention in 2004 as the focal point of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. Orange-clad demonstrators gathered in the Independence Square in Kiev during November, 2004. On some days, the number of protesters in the center of Kiev reached hundreds of thousands (one million by some estimates). Today, things have calmed down a little and the tented city that sprung up overnight has long gone. Independence Square, however, is still the city’s most popular spot for meetings, late night drinking and people watching.

The independence Square is surrounded by massive buildings and centered by the monument to Archangel St. Michael, Patron Saint of the city. On top of the Independence Column, built in 2001, stands the statue of Mother Ukraine holding a branch of snowball tree (one of the symbols of Ukraine). At night the column is beautifully lighted and it’s a truly pleasant view. The glass domes found on the square are actually the skylights of Globus, an upmarket underground shopping mall that lies beneath the square (the press kiosk here is one of the best places to buy foreign newspapers and magazines). Independence Square is also home to the Central Post Office and the Hotel Ukraina.

Webcam:

http://webcam.inter.ua/

References:
http://www.visitkievukraine.com/attractions/independence.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_revolution

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