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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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In the third weekend of May, residents of Kamianets-Podilskyi traditionally celebrate the City Day – the city’s main holiday. The annual international balloon festival “Podolia Cup” is held as part of the celebration (since 1998).

During the festival, anyone can fly in a balloon and see Kamianets-Podilskyi from above. The uniqueness of these aeronautical activities is that the balloon flights are carried out directly over this beautiful medieval city. Photos by: Nikita Yurenev.

Balloon Festival, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine, photo 1

balloons over the medieval town

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Skoryky is a small village located in Podvolochysky district of the Ternopil region. The main attraction of the village is a beautiful wooden church – Church of St. John the Evangelist, an architectural monument of national importance.

The exact date of construction is unknown. According to the legend, Bogdan Khmelnitsky with the Cossack army confessed and took communion in this church before the march on Zbarazh. So it could be built in the middle of the 17th century. The church on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St John the Evangelist Church, Skoryky, Ukraine, photo 1

wonderful wooden church

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In the last weekend of May, the cyclists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia celebrate the unofficial holiday called “Veloden”, which literally means “bicycle day”.

May 29, 2016, Kharkiv held the 11th “Kharkiv Veloden” that united thousands of cyclists in the bicycle ride through the main streets of the city. And that’s how it looked from the height of the drone flight.

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The following watercolors were included in the fourth album of the artist Zbigniew Szczepanek “Zamki na Kresach”. It shows the 59 most famous fortresses in Kresach (the Polish name of the territory of present Western Ukraine).

About 40% of the objects show the author’s reconstruction, the remaining 60% – show the current state of the monuments. The images of some fortifications were reconstructed for the first time and thus can be considered a kind of unique.

Berezhany Castle in Berezhany, the Ternopil region.

Castles of Ukraine, picture 1

picturesque Ukrainian castles

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Mass kayaking and canoeing in Kharkiv

Last weekend (May 21-22), Kharkiv held a boating festival “KayakFest-2016.” During the festival, the new Ukrainian record of mass kayaking and canoeing on the river was registered (106 kayaks and canoes).

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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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The central street in Cherkasy, a regional center of Central Ukraine, is called Khreshchatyk, probably in honor of Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv.

Here you can find the most interesting buildings in the city. Let’s take a walk on the street and see for yourself. Photos by: Lioshko Nikiforov.

Shcherbina House (Wedding Palace).

Khreshchatyk Street in Cherkasy, Ukraine, photo 1

wonderful street

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Holy Trinity Monastery in Mezhyrich

Mezhyrich Holy Trinity Monastery is a complex of monastic buildings of the 16th-17th centuries located in the village of Mezhyrich, 38 km south-east of Rivne.

This monastery is an outstanding architectural monuments of Ukraine because of its layout, composition, mix of secular, religious and defensive features, Renaissance decor. Mezhyrich Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Holy Trinity Monastery, Mezhyrich, Rivne region, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful 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

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