Postal Square

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Coordinates: 50°27′34″N 30°31′30″E / 50.45944°N 30.52500°E / 50.45944; 30.52500

View of Poshtova Square with the Post Office building and the Rizdvo Church.

The Poshtova Square (Ukrainian: Поштова площа, translit.: Poshtova Ploshcha, literally: Postal Square) in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest historic squares of the city. Archaeological findings are dated back to the 4th century.

A crossing of several historic streets such as Volodymyrsky Descent, Borychiv Descent and Sahaydachny Street, the square is located at the Dnieper riverfront right next to the Kiev River Port.

The square received its name from Podil post station that was opened there in 1846. The square was also known under an alternative name as Rizdvo (Christmas) Square, derived from Rizdvo Church built in 1810-1814 and destroyed in the 1930s. The square underwent a significant reconstruction in the 1970s when the Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska Metro Line was built and only the post station was preserved. Currently, the post station is used as a small art gallery.

At spring-summer 2013, the square is being renovated significantly to reroute traffic around it.

Public transport[edit]

New automobile tunnel under Poshtova Square

The square is served by the metro (the Poshtova Ploshcha station), the funicular, and buses.

Kiev tram has historically significant routes through the square in past, however, on February 23, 2011, last tram service through the square (line 5) was closed, without any clear plans to be reopened in future.

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