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Spooky Date Idea: Kyiv's Bald Mountains

17. October 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, Oktoberfests, and other fall activities are popular date ideas this time of year. If you're heading to Ukraine this month, or even planning a trip for the future, you may consider touring some of the more eerie and unusual tourist attractions


According to Ukrainian folklore, there are four "bald mountains" in Kyiv, known as hotbeds for evil forces. They are "bald" because witches used to fly over them, wiping away all of the greenery growing at their tops. To this day, the hills remain largely free of vegetation. 


While the actual origins and factual evidence of this East Slavic concept are unclear, the bald mountains have been mentioned in the writings of Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov, as well as historical sources. 


The first and most acknowledged location is near the Vydubychi Monastery. It has been famous since the days of Khan Batiy, a Mongol ruler who demolished Kyiv in 1240. He massacred citizens who were hiding there in caves. According to legend, their restless souls still wander around the hills.


The second spooky spot is situated on the hills of Honcharka, between Andriyivskiy Uzviz, Volodymyrska and Artema streets, also called Zvirynets. The third is Zamkova mountain, looming above Andriyivsky Uzviz. The fourth is located at the upper station of the Funicular, a rail car system connecting the historic Uppertown and the lower commercial neighborhood of Podil by way of the steep hill overseeing the Dnieper River. 


Do you believe in witches and paranormal creatures? A spooky tour of these scary spots could make your favorite Russian bride cuddle a little closer to you. Be brave and check them out! 


Source: Kyiv Post