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Tuesday, 17 May 2022


Kyiv city tours > The Polish heritage in Kiev

St. Alexander’s Cathedral Janusz Korczak Wilhelm Kotarbiński

There are many sites of Polish heritage in Kiev. And there is a good reason for this state of things. The history of the Polish community in Kiev has been started in the epoch of Kievan Rus as the Polish king Boleslav the Brave married a daughter of Kievan Grand Prince Svyatopolk. 

But the best period in history of Polish community in Kiev was at the end of 19th century – beginning of the 20th century. 45 000 Polish people lived in Kiev at that time. The fabulous St. Alexander’s Cathedral and St. Nicholas’ Cathedral were constructed on the donation of Polish community. Podgorski’s mansion and Leszek Władysław Horodecki’s architectural masterpieces such as House of Chimeras are the must-see in Kiev. 

Many Polish artists and writers lived in Kiev. The famous writer Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz studied at Kievan High School No. 4. Wilhelm Kotarbiński made the outstanding wall paintings in St. Vladimir’s Cathedral. Janusz Korczak started writing his famous book Jak kochać dzieci in our city. Adam Mickiewicz stayed for some time in Kiev too. In 2001 Jan Paweł II visited our city. 

The Polish heritage in Kiev is the integral part of the history of the capital city of Ukraine. Our Polish heritage in Kiev tour will let you learn about the history of Polish community in our city.  


Here is some useful information: 

  • The tour is 3 hours long tour.
  • Our English, German, Polish speaking guides are at your service. All our guides are high qualified licensed tour guides.
  • You can order your private tour any time.
Leszek Władysław Horodecki Adam Mickiewicz Jarosław Leon Iwaszkiewicz


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