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St. Michael Church in Svalyava

Svalyava is a small town with a population of about 17 thousand people located in the center of the Zakarpattia region, in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains.

One of the main attractions of the town is St. Michael Church (1759), situated on the southern outskirts. This is one of the most perfect churches of Transcarpathia and a beautiful example of Lemko folk architecture.

St. Michael Church, Svalyava, Zakarpattia, Ukraine, photo 1

wonderful monument of wooden architecture

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Novoselytsya, a village founded in 1600, is located in the Vynohradiv district of the Zakarpattia region. It is famous for its wooden church, Church of the Dormition, built in 1669.

The uniqueness of the church is that it is the smallest wooden Gothic church in Transcarpathia. Its proportions are considered ideal. The church is made of oak without a single nail.

Church of the Dormition, Novoselytsya, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful Gothic church

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The oldest wooden church in Kovel, a town located in the Volyn region, is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Anne (1771). This church was moved to Kovel from the village of Vyshenky (Rozhyshchensky district) in 1994.

Today, in Ukraine, there are only two preserved wooden churches of the 18th century with this unique shape, which is more characteristic of the stone architecture. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. Anne Catholic Church, Kovel, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful monument of wooden architecture

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Kyiv.

The monastery includes the cathedral church in honor of the Archangel Michael built in the Ukrainian Baroque style (destroyed in the 1930s and rebuilt in the mid-1990s), the refectory with the Church of St. John the Divine (1713) and the bell tower (1716-1719).

St. Michael Monastery, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the monastery

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Belaya Skala (White Rock) or Aq-Qaya is a vertical white rocky wall in Crimea, located near the village of Belaya Skala. The height of the cliff is 100 meters. This natural monument was created by erosion and weathering of the limestones and sandstones.

Almost all the inhabitants of the former USSR, as well as many people in the former socialist countries saw this beautiful landscape at least once because most movies about Indians and the American Wild West, shot in the Soviet era, included scenes filmed near this rock. Photos by: Yuri Yuhanson.

Belaya Skala, Crimea, photo 1

amazing natural monument


In Sutkivtsi, a small village with a population of about 1,200 people located in Yarmolinetsky district of the Khmelnitsky region, there is an amazing Orthodox church constructed in the 15th century.

This unique fortress-church built of gray stone with pointed, cone-shaped towers and loopholes is definitely a beautiful architectural monument.

Holy Protection Fortress-Church, Sutkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

unique fortified church

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This year, Ukrainian Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on May 1. The traditional attributes of this celebration are the so-called “pisanki” and “krashenki” – painted and colored Easter eggs.

April 23, the VI Ukrainian festival of Easter eggs began at Sophia Square in Kyiv. This exhibition with more than 300 works of Ukrainian artists will last until May 9. Let’s take a look at the most interesting eggs. Photos by: maxiwell83.

Easter eggs exhibition, Sophia Square, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

stroll through the exhibition


Vozdvizhenka is a residential area built in the early 2000s in the heart of historical Kyiv, at the intersection of Kozhumiatska, Dehtiarna, Honcharna, and Vozdvyzhenska streets.

This residential complex recreates part of old Kyiv. The houses are built in the architectural styles popular in the late 19th century: mainly Baroque and “Kyiv” Art Nouveau with Gothic variations.

Vozdvizhenka, Kyiv city, Ukraine, photo 1

explore Vozdvizhenka


Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ is the main cathedral of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, located in Kyiv at Nikolsko-Slobodskaya Street, 5 (the nearest subway station – “Levoberezhnaya”).

Construction of the cathedral, designed by the architect N. Levchuk, lasted 12 years. It was opened on March 27, 2011. The height of the cathedral is 60 meters; it can accommodate up to 1,500 people. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the cathedral

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The Ukrainian Carpathians are part of the Carpathian mountain system located in the west of Ukraine, mainly in the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia, and Chernivtsi regions.

As spring is just around the corner, let’s take a look at the Ukrainian Carpathians in April, when all the snow melted and the hillsides are covered with the first greenery. Photos by: Maxim Weise.

Sunny April day in the Ukrainian Carpathians, photo 1

sunny spring day in the mountains

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