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(Кам’янець-Подільський) – ancient city-fortress



city in central Ukraine with the famous Sofiyivka Park



capital and the largest city of Ukraine



(Чорнобиль, Chornobyl) – tour the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster



city in Ukraine, the administrative center of the Odessa Oblast



city in western Ukraine



City in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine



city in Ukraine



city in Ukraine



city in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine



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city of regional significance, the administrative center of the Sambir district, Lviv region of Ukraine


Bila Tserkva

city in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine






city in the Lviv Oblast (province) of western Ukraine



city in Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine



city in Lwiw, Ukraine



town in Ukraine



city of Ukraine



city in Lviv Oblast, Ukraine



city of Ukraine



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Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains are mountains in Central Europe from Poland to Romania.



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Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Kiev

The oldest remaining church in Kiev. Parts date from the 11th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has world biggest ensemble of frescoes and mosaics dating from 11th century, including the Virgin Orans mosaic. Several green-robed ladies maintain order and will shout at you if you look like you are planning to take a photo. The gatehouse and other restorations were completed in the 17th century. Outside the gates, there is a statue commemorating hetman Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, who liberated Kiev in the 17th century... then gave the city to the Russian Empire.



urban-type settlement in Lviv Oblast, Ukraine



urban-type settlement in Lviv Oblast, Ukraine



village in Brody Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine


St Andrew's Church, Kiev

Baroque church, constructed in 1747–1754. Length 31.7 m (104 ft). Width 20.4 m (67 ft). Height 50 m (160 ft). Both the external and internal decoration on the church was carried out at the same time. Cast iron floor slabs were delivered from Moscow. Also, forms were made for the church's windows, doors, walls, and for space under the cupola. The planned iconostasis, designed by the Italian architect Rastrelli, was also added. The wood for the iconostasis, altar canopy, pulpit, and tsar's place were carved out in Saint Petersburg in order to save time. The iconostasis' icons were carried out by Petersburg artists. For gilding, 1,028 slabs of gold were used in the interior.


Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa

Is dedicated to the Saviour's Transfiguration and belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). This is a replica of the first and foremost church in the city of Odessa. The original building was founded in 1794 by Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni and constructed by the Italian architect, Francesco Frappoli. This is the largest of Odessa’s Orthodox cathedrals and was one of the Russian Empire’s grandest. The cathedral was designated the main church of New Russia in 1808 and was continuously expanded throughout the 19th century. The bell tower was built between 1825 and 1837, and the refectory connecting it to the main church several years later. The cathedral bells are controlled by an electronic device capable of playing 99 melodies. The interior was lined with polychrome marble, and the icon screen also was of marble. Several churches in the region, including the Nativity Cathedral in Chişinău, were built in conscious imitation of the Odessa church. The cathedral was the burial place of the bishops of Tauride (including Saint Innocent of Kherson) and Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, the famous governor of 'New Russia'. In the 1930s church was demolished by the communists and the graves were destroyed. In 1999, reconstruction began, and the reborn church was consecrated in 2003. Capacity: 12,000s. At the cathedral square there is an old monument of Mikhail Vorontsov.


St. George's Cathedral, Lviv

Built in 1363-1437 as a stone church in the Byzantine basilica style. The present Greek Catholic Cathedral was built in 1744-1770: it is a classic example of Baroque architecture of the period.


Kiev TV Tower

A 385m-high (1,263 ft) lattice steel tower built in 1973. It is not accessible for tourists. The operational platform is at 200m.


Church of the Saviour at Berestove

Berestovo was a suburban residence in 11th century. - Its vaulting may have been unusually complicated, probably echoing the trefoil roofing of the porches. The outside of the church formerly displayed intricate brick patterns: double and treble niches, the meander, and decorative crosses.


Ivan Honchar Museum

The collection consists of over 15,000 items from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. Icons from the 16th century, 100 paintings by famous Ukrainian artists, over 2,500 textiles from the 18th and 19th centuries, pottery, toys, Easter eggs, wood carvings and Ukrainian folk music instruments.


Stare Selo

village in Pustomyty Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine


St Volodymyr's Cathedral

Seven domed Ukrainian Orthodox brick cathedral in neo-Byzantine style, built in the 19th century. It barely escaped demolition by the Soviet authorities. Dome height (outer) 49 m (161 ft).


Sofiyivka Park

One of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. A botanical garden and a scientific-researching institute, very popular all over Ukraine. Weirdly enough, the entrance fee is only enforced on tourists—so either you look Eastern European or you choose an entrance away from the western gate.



The main drag of the city centre is closed to traffic on some weekends and full of entertainers and people wandering around. A big happy crowd and very conducive to people watching.


Odessa Archeological Museum

Founded in 1883. An impressive exhibit of the Tripolye, Chernyakhovo and other ancient cultures. Ancient sarcophaguses and the rich collections of jewellery. It is one of the oldest archaeological museums in Ukraine and the post-Soviet countries which was founded in 1825. Since 1997 Odessa archaeological museum functions not only as a museum but also as institute of scientific research. The major directions of scientific research of Odessa museum are: archaeology of primitive society in Northern Black Sea region, archaeology of the Middle Ages. The museum conducts expositions, restorations and publishing activities.The museums possesses more than 160 000 exhibits: archaeological finds of The Black Sea Northern region, the largest in Ukraine collection of Ancient Egypt (sarcophagi, stone slabs with hieroglyphics and fragments of papyrus, funeral inventory); Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome exhibits. The museum is also famous by its collection of coins and medals. There are over 50 000 coins in the museum treasury: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantine Empire, Ancient Kievan Rus, coins of Russian Empire Romanovs' dynasty.


Hryshko National Botanical Garden

The perfect place for a stroll in any season. There are unique floristic complexes on 130 hectares: 'Forests of the plain part of Ukraine1, 'Ukrainian Carpathians', 'Steppes of Ukraine', 'Crimea', 'Caucasus', 'Central Asia', the 'Altai and Western Siberia', 'Far East'.


Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Lviv

Founded in the 1360s, built a long time - up to 1481, in typical European Gothic style. In the walls - high windows, covered with stained glass. Parts: Kampianiv Chapel (Каплиця Кампіанів)- built near the northern wall of the Latin Cathedral in 1619 - and the Boimiv Chapel (Каплиця Боїмів) which built as a tomb in 1610s for the merchant Boim family. A mannerist architecture marvel all made of black stone.


Tarasa Shevchenka (Kiev Metro)

This is a station on Kiev Metro's Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska Line. The station was opened on December 19, 1980 in the northern part of the historic Podil neighbourhood and is named after the famous Ukrainian poet, writer, and painter, Taras Shevchenko. It was designed by T.A. Tselikovska, A.S. Krushynskyi, and A. Pratsiuk. The station is located shallow underground and consists of a central hall with rectangular marble pillars. The walls along the tracks have been finished with dark red marble and ceramic tiles with a plant motif. The lighting comes from large round lamps hanging from the ceiling. At the end of the hall is a white stone bust of Taras Shevchenko, surrounded through the same plant motif that is located on the station's walls. The station is accessible by passenger tunnels on the Mezhyhirska and the Olenivska Streets


Armenian Cathedral of Lviv

An architectural complex of the centre around which other buildings are grouped to form three small enclosed courtyards. Constructed between 1363 and 1370, later remodelled a few times. Very interesting interior.


Jesuit Church, Lviv

based on Rome's Il Gesu church. Could accommodate up to 5,000 faithful. Built in baroque style, in the years 1610-1630 while finishing work continued into 1660. In 1775-1848, the church building took place in meetings of the birth of the Diet "Galicia, the first provincial parliament.


Odessa Philharmonic Theater

Go for a concert to the beautiful historic building of National Philharmonic Theatre. The tickets from 80 грн.


National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War

A fairly large museum starting with World War II, going through Nazi occupation until Ukraine's independence. The museum is at the base of the massive Motherland statue. While the displays are mostly in Ukrainian. The museum has laminated cards in each room with varying languages including English, German and French. The museum also offers guided tours in several languages.


Mikhail Bulgakov Museum

The legendary Andriyivsky Descent was the street where the great writer lived with his family and where he ’lodged’ the heroes of his immortal novel "The White Guard."


Lviv National Art Gallery


Golden Gate, Kiev

This is a 1982 reconstruction of the Golden Gate of Kiev, described by Mussorgski in "Pictures of an Exhibition". It is quite a nice spot to visit and learn about the town walls. Some nice buildings are also there and you can inspect the Porsche Cayennes, Lexuses, Audis, BMWs and Mercedes of Ukraine's nouveau riche who are very much into conspicuous consumption.


Andriyivskyy Descent

At the top of this quaint, very rough, cobblestone street is St Andrew's Church (closed for restoration since 2011). Pavements are gradually being added to the Descent but, meanwhile, take a good pair of shoes. The street is lined with souvenir sellers, restaurants, galleries and museums. Touristy but retains its charm.


Tsori Gilod Synagogue

architectural structure


Korniakt Palace

Palais Korniakt


Gate Church of the Trinity (Pechersk Lavra)

In 1108 being built as a Kievan Rus' style church, the Gate Church of the Trinity is now decorated in the Ukrainian Baroque style, having been reconstructed many times through its history. Inside: a three-storey wooden gilded iconostasis, (1735); a large sixteen-candle chandelier (1725); The church's frescoes were based on Biblical scenes, and the exteriour decor was based on Ukrainian folklore, including: "Faces of the Holy Martyr," "The Traders Cast Out of the Temple," and "The Council of Nicaea." - Interior frescoes: Allegorical and historical Biblical topics are given in a noncanonical way; some of them are made with Ukrainian national ornaments. Wood-carved chairs, are installed along the western wall. The chairs are covered with oil paintings.


Golden Rose Synagogue (Dnipro)


Bernardine Church, Lviv

The monastery occupies a triangular plot, which was the basis for the shaft between the Galician city gates and Royal bastion, and the top - a strong bastion of what was called Bernardine. It was surrounded by strong stone walls with battlements and a tower with Hlynyanskymy gate. There were adjacent farm buildings - smithy, stable, and others. The monastery main part is the Bernardyns'kyi Roman-Catholic Church (Бернардинський костьол). First built in wood, in 1600, finishing work continued into 1630. In 1738-1740 rebuilt in hewn stone.


Lviv Arsenal

It was a city fortification, built in 1554-1556, in Renaissance military architecture style. Weapons and armour from medieval times to the beginning of 20th century, from over 30 countries. The museum is located in the oldest (16th century) of three historic arsenal buildings in Lviv.


Refectory Church (Pechersk Lavra)

a refectory and an adjoining church of Saint Anthony and Theodosius. Built in 1893-1895. The sturdy dome of the church incorporates some aspects of ancient Byzantium. The interior decoration of the building was designed by Aleksey Shchusev. The marble icons are in the Neo-Russian style. The paintings in the refectory and the church, painted in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1973-1977, the Refectory interior was thoroughly renovated.


Freedom Square (Kharkiv)

Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine


Annunciation Cathedral, Kharkiv

Main Orthodox church of Kharkiv, built and consecrated at the turn of 20th century.


Hydropark in Kiev

Island in the Dnieper River. Kiev is endowed with natural city beaches that line Dnieper. Many a summer day can be spent in the parks and on the beaches of the islands, where you can buy shashlyk from stalls, play beach volleyball, swim in the river or in the pools on the island, or just soak up the sun.


Transfiguration Cathedral, Dnipro

The oldest cathedral in Dnipro. Catherine the Great, Austrian Emperor Joseph II, and prince Grigory Potemkin put its first stone on May 9, 1787. The first plan of the cathedral was made by a French architect Claude Geruax. Its building was postponed because of the Russo-Turkish War. The second plan of the cathedral was designed by Ivan Starov, a famous Russian architect from St. Petersburg and approved by Catherine the Great in 1792. Building of the cathedral was completed only during the reign of Nicholas I of Russia (Catherine’s grandson) in 1835. In 1950s it was proved that the final plan of the cathedral was designed by Andreyan Zakharov who was a chief architect of the Admiralty in St. Petersburg. In 1975 – 1988 the cathedral functioned as the museum of religion and atheism. Nowadays it functions as a cathedral and is open to public. In front of the cathedral is a beautiful rose garden.


Dormition Church, Lviv

church in Lviv


Lviv National Museum

The main building displays Ukrainian Art from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century. The Lviv Art Gallery mainly shows foreign art in its art collections so if you are more interested in Ukrainian art you should definitely visit this museum. About the buildings: former Art and Industry Museum, built in 1904, in Neo-Renaissance style. From 1950 to 1990 it housed a branch of the Central Lenin Museum.


A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden

22.5 hectares, with 8,000 plant species. Garden is famous for its exotic plants. Building of greenhouse, which was built for the largest and the oldest palm trees in Northern Eurasia, long time had been considered one of the highest in the world. In 1935, the garden was named after the academician A.V. Fomin, who directed the garden for years.


Church of Transfiguration, Lviv

On the site of the former church of the Holy Trinity which was part of The Trinitarian fathers monastery (1703). In 1783, the monastery was closed. Inside the church is a library and assembly hall. Burned out. The Church of Transfiguration was consecrated on 29 April 1906.


St. Paraskeva Church, Lviv

In 1645 the church built of stone whoop (in bottom) and brick.


Park of Maxim Gorky

Over 130 hectares of land. Opened in 1907. Now it is one of the main recreation hubs of the city. Here are held mass celebrations and festivities. There is an amusement park, the "Park" movie theatre, a children's railway, cable railway, tennis courts and others.


Near Caves

are historic caves and a network of tunnels with a total length of 383 m and depth of 5-20 m with the width reaching 1.5 m and the height 2.5 m. Here is buried the founder of the Cave Monastery of Saint Anthony. Of the three existing entrances to the Near Caves, the original was probably the western one in which you can enter from the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. A candle is required to enter the caves. Candles are available for purchase for 3 грн,


Arcadia (Odessa)

giant stairway in Odessa, Ukraine


Trinity Monastery (Chernihiv)

- Consists of the former Elias (11th-17th century.) and Trinity (1677 - 1780) monasteries. Since 1790 Trinity Monastery became the seat of the Archbishop of Chernigov. Trinity Cathedral has functioned as a parish church until 1929. Than became acting nunnery. Nowadays the monastery is the residence of the Archbishop of the Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Today on the monastery grounds are acting Trinity Cathedral (it was founded in 1679 by Lazar Baranovich by architect John the Baptist), the refectory with Vvedenskoj church (the only double tower church on the Eastern Ukraine. Dated 1677-1679), the bell tower in 1775 (a 58-m-high building, which offers a magnificent view of the city).


Arcadia Beach

Arcadia the most popular beach and tourist place with lots of restaurants, bars, discos, night clubs and other entertainment. It's home of the upscale nightlife in summer. Even though it is farther then Otrada and Dolphin, it is easily reachable from centre. Arcadia is the last stop of tram #5, as well as of trolleybuses #5 and #13. Both tram and trolleybus #5 go towards the city centre passing the railway station. Trolleybus #5 goes into the heart of Odessa.


St. Cyril's Monastery

A medieval monastery. Founded in 1140. Reconstructed by the Ukrainian architect Ivan Hryhorovych-Barskyi during 1750–1760. Saint Cyril's Church, including the medieval interior frescoes and the 1880s murals by the famous Russian painter Mikhail Vrubel, were fortunately preserved. The remaining constructions of the complex, the rest of the monastic walls, one corner tower (see picture), and two buildings constructed by Barskyi were also preserved. Of the monastery's cemetery, only two 18th-century graves remained.


Kovpak Tower

A Tower of Kamyanets Podilsky Castle


Odessa Pushkin Museum

Visitors to this museum will become acquainted with the adventures of Odesa’s most famous short term resident: the esteemed Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The museum displays original manuscripts from Pushkin's writings, and a copy of a page from his book Eugene Onegin. The museum is in an apartment were Pushkin lived in 1823. It was opened in June 1961.


Mezhyhirya Residence


Teatralna Square (Donetsk)

square in Donetsk, Ukraine


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