The Golden Gates of Kiev is a major landmark of the Ancient Kiev and historic gateway in the ancient city fortress, located in the capital of Ukraine. Currently it serves as a museum and can be found on the corner of Volodymyr street and Yaroslaviv Val Street. The name Zoloti Vorota is also used for a nearby theatre and a station of the Kiev Metro.
The modern history states that this gateway was one of three constructed by Yaroslav the Wise, Grand Prince of Kiev, in 1037 about when the Saint Sophia Cathedral was erected. However some sources claim that the gates stood some time before that like for example the painting of Jan Matejko where he depicts both Bolelaw Chrobry and Sviatopolk I entering the city during the Kiev succession crisis in 1018. This version currently is being considered as a legend. Originally named as simply the Southern gates they were one of the three main gates of the city fortification with other being called: Lyadski and Zhydivski. The last two gates did not manage to survive. The stone fortifications stretched for only 3.5 km. The fortification of the Higher City stretched from the Southern Gates towards where today is the Maidan and where the Lechitic Gates were located. Then the moat was rising along where the Kostiol Street and "hugging" the St. Michael's Monastery and ran along the today's Zhytomyr Street towards the Zydowski Gates. From there the fortification stretched along the Yaroslaviv Val Street back towards the Southern Gates.