The Multilayered European

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Independence Monument on the Place of The Independence (Maydan Nezalezhnosti), the nevralgic centre of Kyiv
(source : Cyrille Clément)


When it is not for strictly formalized professional purposes, the approach of a capital city which is new to you is at start unclear. A magma appears to you in a global confusion in which the new takes a too important part and nothing seems yet to be classed and organized on a mental map. You just experience some form of cultural shock which may be more or less violent. Enthousiasm as well as disappointments might be registered as transitory subjective states.

I knew very little about Kyiv when I did my first steps on its pavement, somewhere under the high towers of Ivana Dubovoho street, in the heart of Darnytsia, on the left bank of the Dnipro River. The reading of books and articles may help…

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