Ukrainian Identity: Welcome to Zoloti Vorota and Medieval Motifs


In the wake of the Maidan revolution, Ukraine is in the midst of historic and nationalist soul searching.  For starters, head to Zoloti Vorota or Golden Gates in downtown Kyiv, which was the original site of 11th century fortifications dating to the era of Yaroslav the Wise.  The area was modeled after Constantinople’s Golden Gate and marked the entrance to the ancient city.

Youth pose outside the Zoloti Vorta subway stop, dressed in cossack attire.

Fortifications of Zoloti Vorota.

Below in the Zoloti Vorota metro stop, visitors may find medieval motifs of some interest.

On a 2018 trip, I came upon more mosaics adorning a theater.

 


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