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Dnipro (the former Yekaterinoslav and Dnipropetrovsk), located in south-eastern Ukraine, is the administrative center of the Dnipropetrovsk region, the fourth most populous city in the country after Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa.

It was one of the key centers of the Soviet metallurgical, nuclear, defense, and space industries. Today, Dnipro remains one of the most important political, industrial, financial, scientific, and cultural centers of Ukraine. Photos by: Alexander Belenkiy.

Twin Towers – a residential complex (106 meters), which is the main symbol of Dnipro.

Dnipro - one of the most unusual cities of Ukraine, photo 1

unique cityscape of Dnipro

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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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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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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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Stari Petlykivtsi is a village with a population of about 1,000 people located in the Buchach district of the Ternopil region, about 60 km south-west of Ternopil.

Here you can see an interesting Catholic church built relatively recently, in 1924-1931 – the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Stari Petlykivtsi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Catholic Church in Stari Petlykivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

very picturesque Catholic church

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The Church of the Nativity of Christ, a monument of architecture of national importance, stands in the center of Halych, a historic town located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 25 km north of Ivano-Frankivsk. The exact date of the construction of the church is unknown.

It was first mentioned in the 14th century as the main church of the artisan district of old Halych. In 1593, the church was officially assigned to the pottery workshop. Church of the Nativity of Christ on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Nativity of Christ in Halych, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful monument of architecture

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Bishche (Buszcze in Polish), founded in 1086, is a village with a population of about 500 people located in the Berezhany district of the Ternopil region, 66 km west of Ternopil.

The main attraction of the village is the Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1624-1638) – a defensive religious building, an architectural monument of national importance. Bishche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Defensive Roman Catholic Church in Bishche, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque defensive church

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