Maidan Nezalexhnosti or Independence Square is the main square of the capital of Ukraine – Kiev. It is usually called just Maidan (that means square from Ukrainian). This square was named as now in 1991. Before that it had many different names:
- 1869 – Khreshchatyk Square (Kreshchatitskaya ploshchad)
- 1876 – Council Square (Dumskaya ploshchad)
- 1919 – Soviet Square (Sovetskaya ploshchad)
- 1935 – Kalinin Square (Ploshchad Kalinina)
- 1941 – Council Square (Dumska ploshcha)
- 1943 – Kalinin Square (Ploshchad Kalinina)
- 1977 – Square of the October Revolution (Ploshchad Oktyabrskoi Revolutsyi)
- 1991 – Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti)
It is surrounded by the monumental buildings of the city council. Also Maidan is divided in two parts by Khreschatyk street.
Here is the panorama with a view on the one of the Maidan’s part.