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Mar/12

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The mysteries of foggy Demirdzhi Mountains

Demirdzhi is a mountain range located in the Alushta region of Crimea, Ukraine. “Demirdzhi” translated from the Crimean Tatar language means “smith”. In the Middle Ages, the Greeks called it Funa – “smoking”.

Over time from exposure to wind and water the limestone collapses, forming numerous “sculptures” of the more solid rock. When the clouds are covering the mountains you can see mysterious silhouettes in the fog, which disappear in a moment.

Mysteries of foggy and frozen Crimea, Ukraine view 1

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Photo exhibition “Ukraine 2012”

Interesting photo exhibition of Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Skrypnyk about Ukraine and its national color, folk traditions, life, and people.

It consists of different topics – reportage photo, landscape, children, birds, ethnicity, portrait, fashion, festivals, fairs, still life, sports, celebrities, culture.

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Mar/12

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Early spring in Yalta

Yalta was founded by the Greeks approximately in the 1st century. The legend says that Greek sailors lost their way because of a storm, they searched the shore for a long time and when finally they saw the shore (“yalos”) they decided to call the founded settlement this way.

Yalta started developing as a health resort in the 1860s. By early 20th century a lot of representatives of Russian elite, including members of the emperor’s family and monarchs themselves had dachas and palaces in Yalta and Yaltinsky region.

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Mar/12

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The time-lapse video of Crimea

Crimea was one of the most famous resorts in the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union. Today Crimea remains a favorite resort of Ukrainians and Russians because of its warm sea, clean air and bright sun.

Crimea is also a popular resort place because of numerous hot springs, mineral waters and the mud baths of Saky. A series of invasions has made the art, architecture and other parts of culture of Crimea what it is today.

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Feb/12

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Natural monument Belaya Skala in the Crimea

Belaya Skala (White Rock) is the rock in the Crimea, located near the village of Belaya Skala (up to 1948 – Aq Qaya), Belogorskiy area. The vertical white rocky wall rises over the valley of the river Biyuk-Karasu. The altitude is 325 meters, elevation between the valley and the top of the rock – 100 meters.

The name translates to Crimean Tatar language as Aq Qaya (aq – white, qaya – rock). In 1981 it received the status of monument of regional importance. Photos by Dmitry Mordolff.

Belaya Skala (White Rock) Crimea, Ukraine view 1

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Feb/12

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Karabi – the land of hundreds of caves

Karabi is a mountain karst plateau located in the Crimea, where on a relatively small area hundreds of caves can be found. The average height of the plateau is about 1000 meters above the sea level; the highest point is Mount Tai-Koba (1262 meters).

The plateau has an abundance of different types of karst cavities – caves, mines, and tunnels. Because of this the area is very popular among cavers.

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Feb/12

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National dendrological park “Sofiyivka”

National dendrological park “Sofiyivka” is a park and research institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, located in the northern part of Uman city in Cherkassy oblast, on the banks of Kamenka River.

Today it is a place of rest annually visited by about 500,000 people. Total area of the park is 179.2 hectares.

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Sergey Brandt is Ukrainian artist painting in watercolor and oil techniques. He was born in Zhitomir in 1963. Sergey Brandt graduated from National Assembly of fine art and architecture in 1990 and started painting professionally in 1991.

His works can be found in deferent cities all over the world. Exhibitions: Wroclaw (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Kiev (Ukraine). More information about the paintings on the site of the author.

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Feb/12

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Abandoned Pripyat covered in snow

Pripyat was home for people working at one of the largest in Europe nuclear power plants – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The city was built close to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The distance is about 100 km.

The population of the city was about 49,400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986). After the disaster Pripyat was abandoned, all the residents were evacuated. Today it attracts tourists and scientists from all over the world.

Let’s see how Pripyat looks today in freezing weather and covered in snow. Photos by Sergei Nagorny.

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Feb/12

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The boat trip to bays of Sevastopol

Boat trips attract a lot of tourists in Sevastopol. During the trip you will enjoy the sea air and learn interesting things about the history of Sevastopol and the fleet.

You will see main monuments of the city (such as the monument to the Sunk Ships, Sailor and Soldier monument, St. Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonese), warships and auxiliary ships of Russian Black Sea Fleet and Ukrainian Navy.

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