Andriyivskyy (Andrew’s) Descent is a historic cobblestone street in Kyiv. It spans 720 meters (2,360 ft) downhill from the Old Town of Kyiv to the once commercial neighborhood of Podil.
According to a legend, there was once a sea where the Dnieper River now flows. When Saint Andrew came to Kiev and erected a cross on the spot where St Andrew’s Church stands today, the sea retreated, partly remaining underneath the mountain on which Kiev sits.
In the 18th century, when the church was erected, a spring opened beneath the altar. St Andrew’s Church has no bells. This is because legend says, at the first strike of a bell, the sea will return and flood the left bank of the city.
Often called “Montmartre of Kiev”, the street is a major tourist site. It is also home to a number of landmarks, in addition to the church, including the Castle of Richard the Lionheart and the Museum of One Street.
How long is the tour?
- This tour lasts approximately two hours
- We meet at the Princess Olga Monument, close to St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery:
- This tour finishes in Kontraktova Square
- Instant booking confirmation
- Certified professional guide for the tour
What is not included?
- Any entrance fees to attractions you may wish to visit
- Yes! You can cancel or reschedule up to 24 hours prior to the tour.
- Rescheduling is free, refunds attract a 15% admin charge.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- This experience involves walking
- If the weather is bad, the experience may be retimed by a few hours but will not be cancelled.