In the Library of Congress of the USA, there are photographs of Kiev taken about 100 years ago. Thanks to these photographs, we have an opportunity to compare the city of Kiev of today to Kiev as it was a century ago.
They have replaced a monument to Nicholas I with a monument to Taras Shevchenko. Besides, the modern pedestrial looks worse than the old one but still one can catch a likeness between the two photographs.
It is European Square and again its older version looked more complete and cozy. It used to be decorated with a fountain and beautiful arch. Today, it features two halfnaked boys symbolizing friendship between Ukraine and Russia.