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Khortitsa is the largest island on the Dnieper River, located in the city of Zaporozhye below the DneproGES, unique natural and historical complex.

The island stretches from north-west to south-east, length – 12.5 km, average width – 2.5 km. In 2007, the island was named one of the “Seven Wonders of Ukraine.”

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Mar/13

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The “color” photos of Odessa in 1931

In 1931, American photographer Branson DeCou visited Odessa and made a number of black-and-white photos, then he painted his slides. What was the need to paint the slides in the age of color photography is a mystery.

Obviously, he was rather an artist than a photographer. Branson tried to reproduce original colors on his slides.

These colorful slides could serve as an excellent illustration of the famous novel “The Golden Calf”, because its action took place in Odessa about this time. Pictures by visualhistory

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Mar/13

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The ruins of medieval Nevitsky castle

Nevitsky castle is a castle located near the village of Kamenica, Zakarpattia region, which is 12 km north-east of the regional center of Uzhgorod. The castle was built in the 13th century on the top of a hill above the valley of the river Uzh on the site of an earlier wooden fort.

In 1241, it was destroyed by the Mongol-Tatar hordes, but in the second half of the 13th century the castle was rebuilt. With the development of firearms, it was reconstructed several times and acquired its final shape in the early 16th century.

Nevitsky castle, Zakarpattia region, Ukraine photo 1

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Nov/12

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The palace of the Crimean Khans

Bakhchisaray Khan’s Palace, the former residence of the Crimean Khans, is a historical and cultural monument of world importance, the world’s only example of the Crimean Tatar palace architecture. The palace is part of Bakhchisaray Historical and Cultural Reserve located in Bakhchisaray town, Crimea.

Entry to the museum is free, but you need a guided tour to get inside the palace. The territory of the palace complex is 4.3 hectares. The architectural style of the palace continues the tradition of Ottoman architecture of the 16th-17th centuries. Photos by Alexander Lipilin

Khan's Palace, Bakhchisaray, Crimea, Ukraine photo 1

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Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of the Middle Dnieper is an open air museum, located on the outskirts of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky town (about 100 km from Kiev).

The museum presents a Ukrainian village of the late 19th – early 20th centuries, as well as buildings and monuments since the late Paleolithic period to the times of Kievan Rus. Thirteen thematic museums can be found on the territory of 30 hectares. Photos by Kirill Vyazankin

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Apr/12

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Interesting facts about Ukraine

Several interesting facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians. Not sure that all of the facts can be related to Ukraine for sure because this country has numerous historic connections with Russia and for a long period of time these countries were together in the Russian Empire and the USSR.

But nevertheless enjoy your journey to discover Ukraine and its heritage!

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Apr/12

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Chernobyl Museum in Kiev

The exhibition of “Chernobyl” museum located in Kiev is about the largest in the history of nuclear power accident – the accident at the fourth unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Pripyat city) happened in April 1986.

The museum has the collection of about 7,000 exhibits – declassified documents, maps, photographs, objects of ethnic culture, personal belongings of people participated in liquidation of the disaster. The museum of Chernobyl was opened on April 26, 1992. It was dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the accident. Photos by lady-sumerki

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Akkerman fortress located in Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy city (Odessa oblast) is a historic and architectural monument of the 13th-15th centuries. It is one of the most preserved fortresses on the territory of Ukraine. Also Akkerman fortress is the largest fortification in the country.

All the buildings of the fortress are surrounded by fortress walls, the length of which reaches 2.5 km. The initial number of towers was 34, 12 of which were hollow, battle towers. The rest towers were bastions and half bastions. They were later turned into artillery platforms. Photos by Alexander Lipilin.

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Oct/11

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Eski-Kermen – medieval underground city

Eski-Kermen is a medieval fortress-city located in the southwestern part of Crimean peninsula, about 14 km to the south of Bakhchisaray city. The name Eski-Kermen means “Old Fortress”.

The territory of the city occupies an area of 8.5 hectares, with a length of 1040 m and 170 m in width. Eski-Kermen was built on the plateau bounded by cliffs up to 30 m tall. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov.

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“The Kievan Rus Park” project is the historical and cultural center of ancient Rus. The main idea of the project is to recreate the cultural and architectural image of Kiev’s Detinets-Kremlin of the 5th-13th centuries in original size as well as recreation the atmosphere of Kievan Rus epoch.

The Park’s total area is over 50 ha. The park should become one of the main Ukrainian tourist centers.

The Kievan Rus Park, Ukraine view 1

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