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Nov/18

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Manyavsky Holy Cross Exaltation Monastery

Maniavskyi Skyt (1611-1621) is an Orthodox monastery located in the village of Manyava, about 50 km south-west of Ivano-Frankivsk, an important center of spirituality, culture and art of Ukraine.

During its heyday, the monastery numbered about 200 monks and dozens of subordinate monasteries in Galicia, Bukovina and Moldova. It was one of the centers of cultural life in Galicia. Maniavskyi Skyt on Google Maps. Photos by: Vitaliy Ilnytsky.

Manyavsky Holy Cross Exaltation Monastery, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful small monastery

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Let’s walk through the main streets of Kyiv and see how they looked in 1985. After the Second World War, Kyiv became the third largest city in the Soviet Union after Moscow and Leningrad, the capital of the second largest Soviet republic.

The photos were taken one year before the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which caused a significant deterioration in the environmental situation in the city, and 6 years before Kyiv became the capital of an independent Ukraine. Source

Kyiv - the Capital of Soviet Ukraine in 1985, photo 1

back to the past of Ukraine

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Shyshkivtsi is a small village with a population of about 300 people located in the east of the Lviv region.

The main and only architectural attraction of the village is the wooden Church of the Holy Archangel Michael built in 1904 from the materials of the church of 1784. Shyshkivtsi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Holy Archangel Michael Church, Shyshkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Among the attractions of Transcarpathia, the architecture of the Hutsuls, one of the indigenous peoples of the Carpathians, occupies a special place with its unique and beautiful wooden churches.

Church of the Ascension (Strukivska) in the urban village of Yasinya located in the east of the Zakarpattia region is one of these old and amazing churches. Yasinya on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Ascension (Strukivska) Church in Yasinya, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque monument of wooden architecture

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Oct/18

21

Church of St. George in Litovyshche

Litovyshche is a small village with a population of about 400 people located in the Brody district of the Lviv region, about 105 km east of Lviv. The main attraction of the village is its old wooden church – Church of St. George (1784).

Located near the center of the village, north of the new stone church, it is surrounded by a cemetery. The church was built of pine boards on a stone foundation. Litovyshche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. George Church in Litovyshche, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful old church

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The Northern Prychornomoria, literally meaning “territory along the Black Sea coast”, is a historical and geographical region located in southern Ukraine.

This is a steppe and forest-steppe zone enveloping the Black and Azov Seas in the north, from the Black Sea coast of Romania to the western part of the North Caucasus. The largest ports of Ukraine, the mouths of the main Ukrainian rivers, the remains of ancient Greek settlements are located here.

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Urman is a village with a population of about 600 people located in the Berezhany district of the Ternopil region, 65 km west of Ternopil.

The main attraction of the village is the wooden Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul built in 1668, a monument of architecture of national importance. Urman on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Urman, Ukraine, photo 1

interesting wooden church

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Lukavets is a small village with a population of about 200 people located in the Brody district of the Lviv region, about 95 km east of Lviv.

The main attraction of the village is the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, a monument of architecture of national importance. This wooden church, built in 1740, was restored in 1879. In 1979, its walls were covered with tin. Lukavets on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Holy Virgin Church in Lukavets, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque old church

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Sep/18

29

Tips For Handling Money While Traveling

No matter where you might go in the world, it’s important to handle your money properly while traveling. Packing bags, staying in strange places, dealing with exchange rates, and more can leave you with your money scattered and unorganized, and in the worst case scenario you may misplace some of it, or not be able to access it when you need it.

For these reasons it’s always a good idea for even seasoned travelers to get some fresh advice about how to handle finances during a trip.

We have a few general tips that may be of service.

Ukrainian money - Hryvnia

Photo by: Jacqueline Macou

five basic tips

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The medieval fortress in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi looks especially picturesque from a bird’s eye view, when you can see the entire complex.

The thickness of the walls varies from 1.5 to 5 meters, the height of the walls and towers – 5-15 meters. The basis of the fortress complex is the Citadel – the most fortified part of it. Akkerman Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Akkerman Fortress from above, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the fortress

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