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Ukraine sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

A country of rich history, Ukraine carefully keeps and preserves its cultural heritage, and never ceases to attract travelers with its diversity and numerous fascinating landmarks. Nearly every city of Ukraine is interesting and original. Naturally, the majority of places of interest are located in Kiev. The Golden Gate is considered the symbol of the city. Many centuries ago this was the main entrance to Kiev. The gate is decorated with copper and gilding, so the arc looks truly elegant. In the 18th century new buildings were constructed around the gate. The gate lost its original meaning and was, consequently, destroyed. Nowadays the landmark was reconstructed, and the ruins of the original gate can be seen behind the new one.
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Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one more irreplaceable symbol of Kiev. This is a large complex of religious buildings, the history of which starts in 1051. This is the year when monks started transforming caves into monasteries and temples. It took as long as nine centuries to turn an empty space on the right bank of the Dnepr River into a beautiful complex of magnificent churches and monasteries. Kiev Pechersk Lavra suffered great damage during the years of World War II, for example, the reconstruction of the Uspensky Cathedral was finished only in 2000. Nowadays, this magnificent complex has not only religious but also great cultural importance as many of its buildings are true architectural landmarks.
Ukraine is famous for its beautiful parks and nature reserves. Yevpatoria is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the country. It is famous for its wonderful pedestrian zones, parks and walkways. The only dinopark in the country was also opened in Yevpatoria not long ago. As one can guess from the name, the main exhibition of dinopark is dedicated to dinosaurs. During an excursion there, visitors will learn many interesting facts about first inhabitants of the planet and see many precious archaeological findings. There are also several attractions, restaurants and playgrounds on the territory of the complex. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Stryjski Park, which is located in Lviv, is one of the most famous nature landmarks in the country. The park was founded in 1877 and occupies the area of approximately 60 hectares. It is included in the top 10 list of the most beautiful parks in Europe. In Stryjski Park visitors will see numerous rare trees and bushes, blooming flower beds and cozy summer houses. There is a wonderful lake not far away from the entrance, where one can see beautiful swans during warmer months of the year. The design of the park is changed throughout the year, so it looks new every time you visit it.

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Besides multiple excursions, the guests of Ukraine can take part in many other interesting entertainments. The Ukrainian Carpathians are a place where popular ski resorts are located. The most famous of them are Dragobrat, Bukovel and Yaremche. Despite the fact that the weather here is mild in winter, the resort season lasts for about 5 months. At the resorts, there are ski routes of different levels. Absolutely all resorts are suitable for families with children. Special playgrounds are equipped for younger guests. At the resorts, there are also slopes for sledding and places for other winter entertainments.
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In summer period, the resorts located in the mountains are very interesting too. There are perfect conditions for active holidays. Tourists have an opportunity to take part in hiking and bike rides. There are also excellent riding centers at the resorts. Ukraine is famous for its wellness resorts. Some treatment centers and pensions have been working for many years.
The country is notable for its healing mineral springs and firth lakes where healing mud and brine are produced. Here, adherents of the health tourism are offered to try unique therapeutic methods based on the use of natural components. For the health tourism, you can choose Berdyansk or Polyana. Excellent historical treatment centers are located in Odessa and Truskavets.
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The pride of Ukraine is national food traditions. The Ukrainian cuisine is very practical and nourishing. Some of the most popular national dishes are Ukrainian beet-root soup and pork fat that has long become an important food symbol of the country. Pork fat is cooked in many ways. The classic dish is salty, smoked and marinated fat.
Dumplings are also a popular national dish. They are served with dozens of different fillings. Gourmets should certainly walk along food stores in big cities where you can buy amazing fillings prepared by historical recipes. They are cooked of fruit and berries. Fillings with different medicinal herbs are very popular with tourists. Another national beverage is mead that is also one of the most popular souvenirs.

Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Ukraine

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Ukraine
♥   State Botanical Garden 'Chernivets’kiy' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Chernobyl' . On the map   Photos
♥   State Botanical Garden 'Donets’kiy' . On the map   Photos
♥   State Botanical Garden 'Kam’yanets’-Podil’s’kiy' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Karpatskiy' . On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Ukraine
♥   Castle 'Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Khotyn Fortress' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Kodak fortress' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Kudryntsi Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Lutsk Castle' . On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Ukraine
♥   Palace 'Livadia Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Lubomirski Palace' Lviv. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Lubomirski Palace in Dubno' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Mariyinsky Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Massandra' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Ukraine from our review series

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is the oldest building in the city. The first building has appeared there in 1810. Unfortunately, in 1873 it was fully destroyed by the fire. The building that we see today belongs to the end of the 19th century. The theatre’s building is built a complex and rare neo-baroque style. The floor of the house and other rooms is decorated in the late French rococo style.

The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-designed hall allows performers to deliver even a whisper-low tone of voice from the stage to any part of the hall. If the actor whispers something on the stage, everybody will hear it. In 2007 Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater was renovated. The historical building saw a lot of important events. It is a real miracle that it wasn’t destroy during the … Read all

St Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
St. Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral that is situated in Ukraine was built in the 12th century. Its founder was Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych the grandson of Yaroslav the Wise. The marvellous cathedral and monastery named after Michael the Archangel was decided to build in honour of victory over Polovtzy. In 1113 the cathedral was consecrated. It has saved its original place at the edge of the cliff of Old Kiev mountain. As for cathedral itself, it has a lot of differences from the original one.

The first church had only one cupola, in the 17-18th centuries there became seven cupolas. Near the St. Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral has grown several buildings. The main interest was taken to the church’s façade, it is delightfully decorated with stuccos. The main secret of the cathedral is its … Read all

St Andrew Church

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
St. Andrew Church in Kiev was built in honour of St. Andrew the First Called. It has been built for 5 years and was finished in 1754. Notwithstanding that the cathedral high is 46 meters, it looks very graceful. The building is decorated with a number of unusual Baroque style elements. There have saved grand windows and doors with a neat ornament, wonderful columns and pilasters.

The main decoration of the cathedral is the iconostasis in the Baroque style. It was made by the best masters from Saint-Petersburg. The iconostasis is made from lime. There was used gold leaf technique that made the iconostasis red that is not usual for church decoration. St. Andrew Church resembles a luxurious palace. Its halls are decorated with paintings, the walls have a lot of fretworks, also saved … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Ukraine

Dnepropetrovsk
Kiev
Among the religious attractions, the Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, deserves special attention. The first mention of it dates back to the 13th century. For hundreds of years of its existence, the cathedral has been repeatedly destroyed, but was quickly restored and each time it became bigger and more spectacular. Now the cathedral is also considered a site of world heritage. The last major reconstruction in it was held in the 17th century. In the cathedral, many old decoration elements have been … Read more
Hurzuf
In 2007, the Assumption Cathedral was built. The first church at its site was built several hundred years ago. In 1935, it was completely destroyed. The military sanatorium was constructed at its site. Not so long ago, the city government decided to restore this old church. It was rebuilt in accordance with all the traditions of the Russian and Byzantium style. Near the temple, there is the beautiful park where you can walk along branched acacias and cypresses. The interesting culture … Read more
Alushta
At the resort, there is the interesting Park of Miniatures. It offers its visitors to look over the small copies of all the famous attractions of the region for a few hours. «Crimea in Miniature» includes copies of such famous attractions, as the Vorontsov Palace, the Swallow’s Nest fortress, Funa, etc. This unusual outdoor museum was built on the territory of the beautiful park. All its extraordinary constructions are buried in exotic plants. The important religious attraction at … Read more
Koktebel
Those who want to learn more details about the features of the natural reserve should visit the Karadag Nature Museum located in the surroundings of Koktebel. In 1914, the scientific base was created in this area. Its biological artifacts are a core of the museum exposure. Now, among thousands of exhibits, you can see stuffed birds and rare animals, species of rare plants and insects, and a lot of other themed exhibits dedicated to flora and fauna of the reserve. Another interesting … Read more
Lviv
The historical facility of an earlier period is the Korniakt Palace, which is considered a true example of the Renaissance style. The palace was built in the 16th century for a wealthy Greek merchant, whose name he still bears. At the time of completion of the construction, this palace was officially considered the most luxurious in the city. Among its main features is the charming Italian courtyard. By design, it is very similar to the classic patio, which can be seen in Florence. Now in the … Read more

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