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Kharkiv is the second most populous city in Ukraine, one of the eight most populated cities in Eastern Europe. The city was the third largest industrial, scientific and transport center of the Soviet Union after Moscow and Leningrad.

In the second half of the 20th century, it became the main transport hub of South-Eastern Europe. Let’s take a look at some of the local sights from above. Photos by: Oleg Stelmakh.

Blagoveshchensky (Annunciation) Cathedral

Aerial views of Kharkiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over Kharkiv

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Not far from Kyiv, in the middle of the lake, on a small island in the thickets of trees, you can find a small wooden house. This artificial island was created in the 1970s, and was called “Love Island.”

The house was built later, around 1985, and was called “The House of Hunting and Fishing.” It was used as a place to exhibit hunting trophies. Today, the house is abandoned and the island is popular with local fishermen. Photos by: Richard Zorge.

Fairy-tale house in the middle of the lake near Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

dreamlike place

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If you wake up early, while traveling on the Vorskla River around Okhtyrka in Sumy region, you can see this surprisingly colorful scenery. Photo by: Sergey Stepanenko.

Colorful morning in Ukraine, photo 1

quiet summer morning

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Roman-Catholic Сhurch of St. Clara is a truly fabulous building which resembles a medieval castle. This miracle of architecture stands on the shore of a small pond in the village of Gorodovka (Andrushevsky district of Zhitomir region).

Architecture of Romanesque and Gothic styles are closely intertwined in this building. This architecture is not typical to the central Ukraine, that’s why the church is one of the main attractions of the region.

Roman-Catholic Church of St. Clara, Gorodovka, Zhitomir region, Ukraine, photo 1

church from a fairy tale

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Church of St. Michael the Archangel (1872) is a rare five-domed wooden church in the village of Lahodiv in Peremyshlyany district, Lviv region. The bell tower was built in 1854.

The church stands near the street leading to the water source, which is located a hundred meters from it. Single and dual narrow arched windows of the church look like loopholes. Services are held every week. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Lahodiv, Lviv region, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful church

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The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War in Kyiv is a memorial complex located on the slopes of the right bank of the Dnieper River on the outskirts of Pechersk, one of the historic districts of the city.

This is one of the largest museums in Ukraine (over 300 thousand exhibits). The museum is most associated with the 102-meter monument to Motherland, which became one of the most recognizable views of Kyiv. Over the years, the museum has been visited by more than 21 million visitors.

The Museum of the History of Ukraine in the World War II, Kyiv, photo 1

explore the museum

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Children’s Railway in Kyiv

Syretsky park was laid out as a park with a children’s railway. Small South Western Railway (Kyiv Children’s Railway) is a narrow-gauge railway, and an institution of non-formal education in Kyiv, where children are trained in the rail industry.

The length of the railroad is 2.8 km. The trains (Tu-7 and an old German Gr-336) run between two stations: “Vyshen’ka” (“Cherry Tree”) and “Yablun’ka” (“Apple Tree”). You can find this park on Shamryl Street, 4. The nearest metro stations: “Dorohozhychi”, “Beresteiska”, “Shulyavska”.

Children's Railway in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

great place for kids

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Sakura blossom in Uzhgorod

If you visit Uzhgorod, the capital of Zakarpattia region, during the period from mid-April to early May, you will find the streets decorated with flowering sakura trees.

In these days, Dovzhenko and Rakoczy streets, and also ​​Pushkin Square, which are sometimes called Sakura Alley, turn into a fantastic Garden of Eden.

Sakura blossom in Uzhgorod, Ukraine, photo 1

blooming Uzhgorod

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One evening in Lviv after the rain

Lviv, an incredibly beautiful and atmospheric city, is pleasant to walk. It has the largest number of architectural monuments in Ukraine.

The special charm is to walk along the old streets in the evening, when the lights are lit. It looks as if you are in a fairy tale, or in the past. The streets are especially beautiful after the rain, when wet cobblestone looks awesome. Photos by: Nickolay Khoroshkov.

Just before the thunderstorm. In the distance you can see the lightning.

One evening in Lviv after the rain, Ukraine, photo 1

stroll around old Lviv

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The first line of Dnepropetrovsk subway with 6 stations (7.1 km) was opened December 29, 1995. It was the first subway in the former Soviet Union opened after its collapse. Since then, the number of stations hasn’t changed.

Dnepropetrovsk subway is not a popular form of transport. The situation could be better if it reached at least the center of the city.

The catacombs of the unfinished subway, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, photo 1

let’s go underground

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