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The bell tower of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv is an architectural monument built in the style of the Ukrainian Baroque. It is one of the symbols of Kyiv and Ukraine.

This building was constructed on the means of Hetman Ivan Mazepa in 1699-1706. The component part of the National Reserve “Sophia of Kyiv”, the bell tower with a height of 76 meters is the vertical dominant of the Old Kyiv. Photos by: Alexey Novik.

climb the bell tower

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Potelych is a village with a population of about 800 people located in the Zholkovsky district of the Lviv region.

The main attraction of the village is the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit – an Orthodox wooden church built in 1502. It is the oldest surviving wooden church in the Lviv region. Potelych on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

one of the oldest churches in Ukraine

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The Annunciation Cathedral in Kharkiv (1888-1901) is one of the symbols of the city and the largest cathedral in Eastern Europe. Thanks to this unique video you can see not only how the cathedral looks from the outside but also the beautiful interior.

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The Uspenskyi Svyatohorskyi Convent is located near the village of Zymne, a few kilometers from the town of Vladimir-Volynsky in the Volyn region.

This historical and architectural monument includes the Assumption Church, sections of defensive walls with five gates and three corner towers, a gate bell tower in the south, and a refectory with a church. Zymne Convent on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

explore the convent

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Walking around Kyiv in early May

The beginning of May in Kyiv, the capital and the largest city of Ukraine located on the Dnieper River, is a great time for walking, the city is simply buried in greenery, flowering trees and flowers. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

stroll along the spring streets of Kyiv

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Mytky is a small village located in the Barskiy district of the Vinnytsia region. The main attraction of the village is the former estate of Nikolai Chikhachev – a picturesque palace built of yellow bricks.

Nikolai Chikhachev (1830-1917), an admiral of the Russian Imperial Navy, acquired this estate in the 1860s. Later, he built a palace for the construction of which materials were imported from England. Around the palace he planted a park (10 hectares) for his daughter Sophia.

beautiful palace-school

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Last week, in Kyiv, on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (the main square of the city), a light and music fountain was opened, which had been damaged during the revolution in 2014.

The fountain works every day except Monday, and a light and music show can be seen from 21:00 to 23:00. The height of the highest jet of the main fountain is 35 meters, the small fountains – 15 meters.

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Palanok Castle in Mukacheve

The Palanok Castle, also known as Mukacheve Castle, is the main attraction of the town of Mukacheve located in the Zakarpattia region. The castle stands on a 68-meter-high hill of volcanic origin, the total area of the castle is 13,930 square meters.

The exact date of the founding of the castle is unknown. For the first time it was mentioned in documents in the 11th century. The fortifications were built and rebuilt several times. The castle’s buildings that have survived to this day belong to the 14th-17th centuries. Today, there is a historical museum here. Photos by: Igor Salnikov.

explore the Palanok Castle

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May 1, in Kharkiv, after the winter break, the Small Southern Railway was opened – a narrow-gauge children’s railroad with a length of 3.6 km located between Gorky Park and Lesopark. Here, children can get basic training in railway activities.

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Ivane-Puste is a village with a population of about 2,000 people located in Borshchiv district in the south of the Ternopil region. The wooden church of St. John the Apostle, built in 1775, is a work of the Podolia school of folk architecture.

Unfortunately you can’t see the skill of carpenters of the past – the church is covered with a tin sarcophagus in order to preserve the monument. Ivane-Puste on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

tin church

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