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In the very center of Kiev, at the bottom of the Cherepanova Hill, there is the place where one of the biggest clusters of sports facilities in Europe is located.  Since 1996 it has the name of National Sports Complex “Olympic”.

After being reconstructed the stadium connects Ukrainian sports history of 80 years with European experience and ultramodern technologies. Among all sports arenas that are being prepared for Euro-2012 Olympic NSC is the largest, the total capacity will be 70,050 spectators’ places (68,055 places for EURO-2012).

NSC Olympic, Euro-2012 stadium, Kiev, Ukraine view 1

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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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Podgoretsky Castle is a well-preserved Renaissance palace surrounded by fortifications. The castle is located in the east of Lviv oblast in Podgortsy village. Together with Olesky and Zolochevsky castles it forms the “Golden Horseshoe of Ukraine” (tourist route of Lviv region castles).

The castle is a square from the east, south and west surrounded by lines of fortifications. At the site of today’s castle there were more ancient fortifications mentioned in 1530. Present Podgoretsky castle was built during 1635-1640.

Podgoretsky Castle, Lviv oblast, Ukraine view 1

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Charming architecture of Odessa

This wonderful city standing on Black Sea coast is often called the “Pearl of the South”. Odessa has special architectural style and special ambiance.

Fortunately, most of the marvelous buildings that went up in Odessa during the 18th and 19th centuries were only partially damaged during World War II. That means Odessa retains the charm of yesteryear. Photos by horoshiyblog.

Odessa city, Ukraine architecture view 1

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Massandra Palace is one of the most interesting monuments of 19th century architecture located near Yalta city of Crimea Republic.

The palace was built in the style of French chateaux of the Renaissance. The elements of different styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Classicism) were used in the interior decoration. Photos by holy-mozart.

Massandra Palace, Yalta, Crimea view 1

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The summer is over in Ukraine. Rainy autumn and snowy winter are coming next but there is no reason to be sad. Better take a look at these beautiful views of summer Ukraine that can serve as excellent wallpapers (click the pictures for full size versions). The photos by Sergey Anashkevitch.

Summer in Ukraine wallpaper 1

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Olesky castle is the oldest castle that has been preserved in the western Ukraine. It is located near small town of Olesko, Bussky district, Lviv oblast. Olesky castle is oval in shape and dominates Olesko town standing on 50-meter natural hill. Photos by Alexander Lipilin.

Olesky castle, Lviv oblast, Ukraine view 1

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Balaklava is a town on the southwestern coast of the Crimean peninsula. Administratively it is a part of Sevastopol city but in fact Balaklava is separated from the rest of Sevastopol by a few kilometers of undeveloped area.

Today Balaklava is a popular Crimean resort. Tourists are attracted by the town with long history and numerous monuments, spectacular cliffs and beaches.

Abandoned military hospital, Balaklava, Crimea, Ukraine view 1

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Kamenets Podolskiy is one of the most ancient cities of Ukraine first time mentioned in 1062. Thanks to unique combination of historical, architectural, town-building heritage, the river Smotrich canyon landscapes, the “Old town” of the city is declared a state historical and architectural reserve.

There are about 200 buildings and constructions of 11th-19th centuries. Powerful fortifications of the “Old town”, a fortress and a fortress bridge, a combination of cult constructions make an unforgettable impression. Photos by horoshiyblog.

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The Chernobyl accident is the destruction of the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Pripyat city) in April 26, 1986.

The destruction was of an explosive nature, the reactor was completely destroyed, large quantities of radioactive substances were released into the air. The accident is regarded as the largest of its kind in the history of nuclear energy.

Chernobyl radioactive machinery scrap yard 1

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