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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
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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

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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

Gorge Maryam-Dere

From the series “ Survived artifacts of early Christian civilization”
In the immediate vicinity of the Crimean city of Bakhchisaray there is the valley is named after Mother Mary - Maryam-Dere. Adherents of the Christian religion know the gorge because of the old Assumption Monastery that was founded in the 8th century. According to legend, it has been built by monks, who fled from Byzantium. The picturesque gorge reminded them of the home country, so they decided to start their abode there. According to another version, the monastery was built on the spot where shepherds have found the icon of Holy Mother. The latter is widely known as the Bakhchysarai icon.

Close to the place where the icon was found, the first cave temple was set. The monastery was founded later. Since its founding, the Assumption Monastery has been a special place. Even during the … Read all

Infected Apartment in Kramatorsk

From the series “The most radioactive zones on the planet”
One of the most egregious cases of radiation detection occurred in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, which now is known throughout the world. The capsule with the radioactive element cesium-137 was detected within the wall of a residential building. The history of this case goes back to 70s of the last century, when an ampoule with cesium was lost during industrial activities in Karanskyi career. One of the large enterprises mined gravel and crushed stone in this quarry. The vial fell out of a measuring device during the planning stage.

An extraction of gravel had to be stopped immediately. The search for the ampoule lasted a week, but ended in failure. That days, the rubble from the quarry was used extensively for the construction of Olympic facilities in Moscow, as well as for building … Read all

Tunnel of Love

From the series “The most surrealistic places of the Earth”
One of the most remarkable and romantic places on earth can be found in the Ukrainian city of Klevan. Its landmark is the Liebestunnel - the three-kilometer long railway track, on both sides of which the tall trees grow. Their crowns are linked together and form an incredibly beautiful corridor. For many years now, the romantic tunnel has attracted photographers from all over the world, as well as the newlyweds, who organize the original and very beautiful photoshootings.

The railway through the tunnel is in operation. Three times a day, the train goes here, which supplies the raw material to the nearby woodworking company. The dense green tunnel of the right arch form is a true botanical phenomenon. No one has ever laid hands on his education. The tunnel is beautiful in all seasons. In … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Ukraine

The first real city in this territory was founded much later, in 1776, by the decree of Catherine the Great. It was founded by Prince Grigory Potemkin, one of the favorites of the Empress, so it was quite natural that he called the city Yekaterinoslav. This is how the city was called until 1926. At the beginning of the 20th century, it acquired the status of a major industrial center. The city’s territory had advanced metallurgical and machine-building factories, and in the middle of the … Read more
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
The resort is famous for its unique nature; in the heart of Gurzuf there is the Genoese rock and the Chaliapin rock, and in the bay waters the mysterious cliffs of Adalara rise. The first settlements on the territory of the modern city appeared more than 40 thousand years ago. On the Genoese rock, the ruins of the fortress of Gorzuvita, which was built during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian, were preserved till our times. It is here that the most famous children's camp of the … Read more
In the 6th century AD, the area where Alushta is now located, like the entire Southern Coast of Crimea, was under the rule of the mighty Byzantine Empire - the great heiress of Ancient Rome. It was at that time that the stone fortress Aluston was built near the sea shore, which was supposed to protect the land from sea robbers. In modern Alushta you can see the ruins of the ancient tower of Ashagi-kul, an important historical site. For a long time, Alushta was under the rule of the … Read more
In the 10th century the Pechenegs destroyed the city completely, and life in it resumed only after several centuries. After that there was a small Tatar village, and then a Bulgarian settlement. Until the end of the 19th century it was a small town through which an important road passed to Feodosia. At the beginning of the 20th century, in a picturesque and quiet city, the literary elite and other representatives of bohemia began to settle; they bought plots in the Koktebel Valley and built … Read more
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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