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The Holy Mountains Lavra (Sviatohirsk Lavra), a monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), was first mentioned in written sources in 1526.

It is located in a picturesque place on the right high cretaceous bank of the Seversky Donets River (the so-called Holy Mountains) in Sviatohirsk, a small town in the north of the Donetsk region.

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Izyum (literally meaning “raisins”), first mentioned in 1571, is a city with a population of about 50,000 people located in the southeast of the Kharkiv region, about 124 km from Kharkiv.

This city, standing on the banks of the Siverskyi Donets River and surrounded by forests, is the third largest city of the Kharkiv region. Mount Kremyanets located on the territory of Izyum is the highest point of the region (218 m).

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Feb/18

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Attractions of the Ukrainian Carpathians

The Ukrainian Carpathians are part of the Carpathian mountain system located in western Ukraine, mainly on the territory of the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia, and Chernivtsi regions, with a total area of about 24 thousand square kilometers.

The absolute heights of this picturesque mountain system range from 120-400 meters at the foot of the mountains to 500-800 meters in intermontane depressions and 1,500-2,000 meters along the main ridges.

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Kharkiv, the second most populous city in Ukraine with a population of about 1.4 million people, is located in the north-eastern part of the country.

Despite the fact that the city was heavily damaged during the Second World War, a lot of interesting monuments of architecture were preserved.

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Jan/18

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Attractions of Podillia

Podillia is a historical and geographical region (Podillia Upland) located in the south-west of Ukraine, above the northern tributaries of the middle Dniester and the upper reaches of the Southern Buh.

The main cities of Podillia are Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia.

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Jan/18

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Attractions of Ukrainian Sivershchyna

Sivershchyna, a historical region named after the Siverians, an East Slavic tribe, is located in northern Ukraine, eastern Belarus and southwestern Russia.

Here is a nice presentation of the Ukrainian part of Sivershchyna that includes the Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, and Kharkiv regions (turn the subtitles on).

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Kolomyia is a town with a population of about 60 thousand people located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

This picturesque town, known for its well preserved buildings of the late 19th – first half of the 20th centuries, is among the most popular tourist destinations in Ukraine.

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Pidhirtsi Castle (1635-1640) is a relatively well-preserved monument of late Renaissance and Baroque architecture surrounded by defensive structures.

Located about 90 km east of Lviv, in Pidhirtsi village of the Lviv region, it is one of the best in Europe examples of a Renaissance palace with bastion fortifications. Pidhirtsi Castle on Google Maps

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Nov/17

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Attractions of Ukrainian Bessarabia

Bessarabia is a historical region located in south-eastern Europe between the Black Sea and the Danube, Prut, and Dniester rivers. Today, the coastal and northern parts of Bessabaria belong to Ukraine, the central part – to Moldova.

This video is a short overview of the sights of Ukrainian Bessarabia (turn the subtitles on).

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The former estate of Sharivka, located in the south-west of the Kharkiv region on the bank of the Merchyk River, is one of the most beautiful palace and park complexes in Ukraine.

The main attraction is the Sharivka Palace – a white stone manor house built in the neo-Gothic style. Locals also call it the “White Swan”. Sharivka Palace on Google Maps.

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