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The Museum of Folk Architecture and Life “Open Air Museum in Pyrohiv” is an architectural and landscape complex of historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine.

You can find it on the southern outskirts of Kyiv in Goloseyevsky area, near the village of Pyrohiv (Pirogov). 275 architectural exhibits of Ukrainian folk architecture of the 16th-20th centuries are presented on its territory (133,5 hectares). The following photos of some of the museum exhibits were taken by Alex Shvab in August 2014.

The Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine, photo 1

the beauty of rural Ukraine

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State Historical and Architectural Reserve Khotyn fortress is a medieval fortress located in a small town of Khotyn in Chernivtsi region. It is one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

Khotyn fortress is a magnificent example of medieval defensive architecture in Ukraine, one of the most significant architectural monuments of Bukovina. Photos by Alexandr Shvab

Khotyn fortress, Ukraine, photo 1

history comes alive here

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Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) is the central square of Kyiv. In January and February 2014, it was the place of armed clashes between security forces and Euromaidan activists which led to the change of power and the formation of a new Ukrainian government.

And this is how this place looks a few months later. The barricades and tents have been removed and the square looks almost the same as it was before these historical events. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh

Restored Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the historic site

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Abandoned Moorish palace near Odessa

Petrovka village is located about 60 kilometers from Odessa. Middle of an ordinary village, you can suddenly see a beautiful abandoned palace built in the Moorish style.

Recently, the manor ruins were sold at a price of two-bedroom apartment in Odessa (about 80,000 USD). Let’s walk around this beautiful and very unusual place. Photos by Vitaliy Milevich

Abandoned Moorish palace near Odessa, Ukraine, photo 1

very picturesque ruins

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The Khotyn Fortress is an ancient medieval fortress located in Khotyn town (Chernivtsi oblast). It is one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. Photo by Sergey Nik Melnik

The Khotyn Fortress, Ukraine

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Picturesque abandoned vintage cars

When you walk past these abandoned vintage cars of the last century, you can’t make yourself say that it is just a dump or a pile of rusty iron.

Unfortunately, these vintage cars won’t be restored and won’t get a “second life”. Photos by Oleg Grigoryev

Abandoned vintage cars, Ukraine, photo 1

vintage cars of the 1950ies

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Picturesque view of one the best medieval fortifications of Eastern Europe located in Kamenets Podolskiy. Photo by Sergey Stepanenko

Kamenets Podolskiy Ukraine fortress at night

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Miniature Fortresses Park in Lviv

Not so long ago, Lviv received a new attraction – a miniature park of castles and fortresses. In the park, you can find fortifications once located in the territory of the former Kievan Rus and Poland.

The architect of these unusual buildings is Lviv artist Igor Kachor. It is a kind of reconstruction in miniature (1:50 scale) of ancient castles, fortresses, and fortified churches which are either completely destroyed, in ruins, or need restoration. Photos by Andrew Zhdan

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monumental medieval architecture

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Odessa catacombs are similar to the catacombs under Paris. They were used to mine limestone for construction of the entire city. These man-made caves are not visited by tourists. Photos by Denis Mukimov

Odessa Catacombs, Ukraine photo 1

Let’s walk through the catacombs

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Lutsk castle, also known as Lubart’s castle, is a symbol of Lutsk city, its main sight and pride.

The castle was built by the Lithuanian prince Lubart in the 14th century. He married a local princess and adopted the Orthodox faith. The castle was chosen as the prince’s residence.

Lubart's Castle, Lutsk, Ukraine photo 1

one of the wonders of Ukraine

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