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Chestnut Bloom

Discover the capital of Ukraine in its full glory


Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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European horse-chestnut trees have been an official symbol of Kyiv since the 1950s. In Soviet times, a chestnut leaf was even part of Kyiv's coat of arms. The capital of Ukraine boasts many tree-lined alleys, gardens, and parks. But chestnut trees have always been the highlight of the city landscape, especially during their blooming season in the spring. There is no better time to visit Kyiv than from late April to late May, when chestnuts and lilacs are blooming in the capital. Gorgeous cascades of white flowers make any street look festive and beautiful!

The oldest chestnut trees in the capital of Ukraine blossom on the territory of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. This architectural marvel is open for visitors, so don't miss a chance to take a snapshot of the trees, which are over 300 years old. More gorgeous trees can be found in the historical Fomin Botanical Garden, located near Universytet metro station. Some of the trees in this old garden were planted in the 1890s. An impressive chestnut alley can be found on Pavlo Virsky Street in the Nyvky area. The length of the chestnut alley is over 0.6 miles (1 km). This spot gets picture-perfect in early May, when framed with rows of blooming trees.

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