Holosiiv is an ancient historical district of Kyiv. It covers a large forest area, a former farmstead and deserts. It was first mentioned in 1541year as the owning of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. In 1631, Metropolitan Petro Mohyla founded here the desert of the same name, where his estate was.
There are several versions of the origin of the name, like the hollowed forest, the mourning of women who were missing their men and also pagan votaries, who usually held their rituals in the woods.
Nowadays, the vast area attracts people to the Holosiivskyi park, which has a complex of unique buildings of the academic agricultural village, Expocenter of Ukraine and the largest Ukrainian open-air museum “Pyrogovo” here.
The prominent poet Maxym Rylsky lived next to the Holosiivskyi park. The beauty of the park inspired him to compilation of lyric poems “Autumn in Holosievo”, which came out in 1959. Every year there is a poetry festival in this museum.
On the hill over Holosiivska Square there is an academic agricultural town. The most interesting buildings in the Ukrainian Baroque style are there.
Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy (VDNG), where today there’s an international exhibition center is a complex of unique constructions of the early 1960's of the last century. There are huge pavilions, a greenhouse, a demonstration pit, and a private planetarium here.
- Holosiiv is beautiful at any time of the year. Have a walk in the woods; who knows – maybe you’ll create a masterpiece after that?