Kitaevo is a beautiful historical area, which is located on the southern outskirts of Kyiv, in the eastern part of the Goloseevsky forest. It borders on the historical area of Korchevatoye. The cascade of picturesque ponds located here is called Kitaevskie. The nature here is ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in silence in the fresh air.

It is believed that the name comes from the Turkic word “china”, meaning wall, fortification, fortress or siege tower. There is also a legend that in the 12th century there was a fortress-palace of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky, who allegedly bore the nickname “China”.

In Kitaeve, the remains of a fortification, settlement and burial mound from the 9th to 13th centuries, as well as fortifications and cave cells from the times of Kievan Rus, have been preserved. According to archaeological data, the initial fortifications in Kitaev appeared in the middle of the 9th century. At the settlement, structures dating from the late 9th to the first half of the 11th century have been studied; in the settlement, the main part of the discovered objects dates back to the 12th-13th centuries. The burial mound contains mainly burials from the late 9th – first half of the 11th century. In the 14th century in Kitaev, on the basis of ancient dungeons, a cave monastery was created, subordinate to Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra from the 17th century. Received the name Kitaevskaya Pustyn (it was liquidated in 1930, restored in the early 1990s).

Where is Kitaevo?

Kitaevskaya street, 32