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This is an old photo of Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv. Not good but it is the only one I could find. But seeing the events from this place recently in TV, maybe you would like to see how it can look like in quiet times. Behind the big building one can see the white and golden towers of the main monument - Holy Sophia Cathedral, in Ukrainian Sobor Sviatoyi Sofiyi. The cathedral's name comes from the 6th-century Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople (meaning Holy Wisdom, and dedicated to the Holy Wisdom rather than a specific saint named Sophia).
In 2003 I bought my first digital camera - Casio. And only once I was a paid tour guide in Kyiv.

From Wikipedia:
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) is the central square of Kiev, called simply Maidan.
In the 19th century, the square contained buildings of the city council and noble assembly.
Since the start of Ukraine's independence movement in 1990, the square has been the traditional place for political rallies, including for large-scale radical protest campaigns: the 1989 student "Revolution on Granite", the 2001 "Ukraine without Kuchma", the 2004 Orange Revolution, and the ongoing Euromaidan.

By early Friday morning, the lone positive point was that -- for the time being -- Ukraine's cycle of political and physical infighting was not then at its bloodiest point, as it had been hours earlier.
Opposition medics said that 100 protesters died Thursday in clashes with police, when gunfire was unleashed.
The government places the toll much lower.
The health ministry puts the total death toll since Tuesday at 77. Twenty-six of them had been previously reported for Tuesday alone.
Another 577 people have been injured; 369 of those were hospitalized, the ministry said.
The Foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and with the opposition overnight.
After dawn, Poland's top diplomat, Radoslaw Sikorski tweeted: "After negotiations through the night, talks ended at 7:20."
Prodded by the foreign diplomats, the key players were talking about not just a bandage for the violence but also a more long-term political solution and maybe the beginnings of healing.
Yet the facts of the last three months and, particularly, the last week show that it's way too early to celebrate or savor any peace. There have been two truces since Sunday. Each of them collapsed suddenly into carnage centered in Kiev's Maidan, or Independence Square. (http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/europe/ukraine-protests/)

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