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Happy New Year 2018!

May the coming year
Be full of wonderful events!
May everything be clear
Without sorrows and offence!
Happy New Year 2018!

Ivan Weltz. Ukrainian night, winter.

Happy New Year 2018

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Bridges over the Dnieper River in Kyiv

Kyiv, the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, is located in the north of the central part of the country, on the banks of the Dnieper River.

In total, there are eight bridges across the Dnieper River in Kyiv. In addition, the city has a number of small bridges built over the tributaries of the Dnieper. The first floating bridge was constructed in 1115. Photos by: Sergey Hrynkevych.

The new and old Darnytskyi bridges.

Bridges over the Dnieper River in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

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Basilian Fathers Monastery in Zhovkva

The Basilian Fathers Monastery of the Nativity of Christ with the picturesque baroque Church of the Holy Heart of Christ was built on the site of the wooden Basilian church in the town of Zhovkva in 1612.

Initially, the complex was made in the Renaissance style and had a defensive character. Reconstruction, carried out in 1905, completely changed its appearance. Basilian Monastery in Zhovkva on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Basilian Fathers Monastery in Zhovkva, Ukraine, photo 1

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Kolomyia is a town with a population of about 60 thousand people located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

This picturesque town, known for its well preserved buildings of the late 19th – first half of the 20th centuries, is among the most popular tourist destinations in Ukraine.




Monastery of St. Nicholas in Krekhiv

Krekhiv is a village with a population of about 800 people located in the Zhovkva district of the Lviv region, 35 km north-west of Lviv.

In 1612, an Orthodox monastery was founded at a distance of about 2 km from the village. In 1669, the monks built fortifications around the monastery and turned it into a fortress. Krekhiv Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. Nicholas Monastery in Krekhiv, Ukraine, photo 1

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Pidhirtsi Castle (1635-1640) is a relatively well-preserved monument of late Renaissance and Baroque architecture surrounded by defensive structures.

Located about 90 km east of Lviv, in Pidhirtsi village of the Lviv region, it is one of the best in Europe examples of a Renaissance palace with bastion fortifications. Pidhirtsi Castle on Google Maps

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Despite the fact that Zhovkva, located near the city of Lviv, is a very small town, it is rich in interesting monuments of architecture.

One of them is the Church of the Holy Trinity – a beautiful wooden church built in 1720. This is an outstanding monument of architecture and monumental art of the Galician school. The Holy Trinity Church in Zhovkva on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Holy Trinity Church in Zhovkva, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque monument of wooden architecture