We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square)

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine (Lypky)
Improve this listing
Ranked #40 of 405 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
206 visitor photos
Write a Review

190 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    76
    76
    21
    14
    3
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
LA, Calif
Top Contributor
247 reviews 247 reviews
116 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

It was surreal to be standing in the square after watching the events earlier this year on CNN. The makeshift memorials, original barricades and enlarged photos were so powerful. However, looking at the faces of locals as they walked along side of us was extremely poignant. While we were there speakers were set up and when the Ukrainian anthem was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stirling, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
234 reviews 234 reviews
43 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Main square in Kiev. It is truly spectacular, the monuments [independence, founders of Kiev] alone being worth the visit. Take time to wander round the square and the tributes/candle vigils to fallen soldiers. Also worth checking out the metro station and shop complex below. Many good souvenir shops here charging fair prices.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I was there in February 2009 Called Independence Square It's beautiful , too long and bright by its gold and design located in the main center of the city and front of big commercial mall and many coffee shops , shops and many attraction The whole zone is touristic and shopping too near of underground station and taxi available too... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
83 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I thought this was pretty cool. All the buildings surrounding the square are beautiful. I enjoyed walking around here and taking photos. Everything has been cleaned up now since the protest. So it is back to normal.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oslo, Norway
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Nice and peaceful square. Had the pleasure of seeing the military parade on their independence day, a lot of people, and a lot of military presence.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Whilst I was here, there was still numerous protestors and citizens sitting in the square. It was great to walk around and to talk with the locals to get there take on where the current problems started and how it needs to be fixed. Safe to walk around during the day or night, avoid when then crowds are gathering to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kiev, Ukraine
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
36 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The square itself is not architecturally inspiring. But what it represents, yes. It all started here in November 2013 after the government attacked a peaceful student manifestation. Say "I was there"

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dusseldorf, Germany
Top Contributor
314 reviews 314 reviews
63 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The square had just a tall tower and fountain and they were not so special architectures. However, because this was the place where the people in Kiev were fighting with the government with staking their lives and obtained the freedom this February, the tower wtih the statue with golden points on its top seemed honorable. I saw several persons to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lencois Paulista, SP
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I was there in may, 2014. The rallies had already finished, but some people were keeping in the place. The people there were peaceful and this place is not dangerous. Is a amazing place with so much history and culture. I'll be back in 2016. Kiev is a beautiful city.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Budapest, Hungary
Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
69 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our review will be based on our visit to this square in October 2013. We (a couple) were lucky enough to not only visit this square, but also to live there in one of the houses with a view to it for 4 days. Sometimes, we were sitting at this Square in one of the many benches and eating piroshki/belyashi.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) also viewed

 

Been to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing