The Golden Gate of Kiev is commonly known as “Zoloti Vorata”, which quite literally means ‘golden gate’. This appropriately describes the beautiful entryway that leads into the old city of Kiev.
Modern history states that this gateway was one of three constructed by Yaroslav the Wise, Grand Prince of Kiev, in 1037 and at roughly the same time as the Saint Sophia Cathedral was erected.
After undergoing extensive reconstuction in 1982 the gate bears little resemblance to the gate that existed in the 70's and a group of historians have argued that it would have been better if the original should have been left as it was as no-one really knows what the original gate looked like.
I still think the new one is very impressive and it gives a sense of the history that the great city of Kiev evokes.