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Isai is a village with a population of about 800 people located in Lviv Oblast, about 138 km southwest of Lviv.

In the center of the village, next to the stone church of St. Michael the Archangel (1938), you can see the wooden church of St. Michael the Archangel (1663). Nearby, there is a wooden bell tower built in 1722. Together they form a monument of architecture of national importance. Isai on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Churches of St. Michael the Archangel in Isai, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque ensemble of churches

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Ilnyk is a village with a population of about 1,500 people located in the Turka District in the south-west of Lviv Oblast. Here you can see one of the most harmonious Catholic wooden churches in Ukraine – the Chapel of the Paramanny (Mourning) Mother of God built in 1932-1933.

This is one of the eleven existing wooden Catholic churches of the first half of the 20th century located in the Lviv region. Unfortunately, this picturesque building doesn’t have a status of an architectural monument, it is abandoned and is gradually being destroyed. Ilnyk on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Wooden Catholic Chapel, Ilnyk, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful wooden chapel

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Holy Trinity Mezhyrich Monastery is a complex of monastic buildings of the 16th-17th centuries located in the village of Mezhyrich in Rivne Oblast, about 53 km southeast of Rivne and 3 km southwest of Ostroh.

This monument of the Volhynia architecture combines the traditions of old Russian constructive techniques with Gothic and Renaissance elements. Its layout, combination of secular, cult, and defensive features, as well as the Renaissance decor make it an outstanding architectural monument of Ukraine. The Mezhyrich Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

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

fly over the monastery

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The National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine is an open-air museum, an architectural and landscape complex of all historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. It is located on the southern outskirts of Kyiv, near the village of Pyrohiv.

The exposition devoted to the Carpathians is located on three hills covered with spruce and beech trees resembling the natural conditions of the original localities of the exhibits in the Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Zakarpattia, and Chernivtsi regions. Pyrohiv on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin in Pyrohiv, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque wooden buildings

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Pushcha-Vodytsya is a historical place and a climatic resort located mainly in pine forests in the north-western part of Kyiv. This locality got its name from the word “pushcha” (a dense, impenetrable forest) and the Vodytsya River, which no longer exists.

Today, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the capital of Ukraine. You can find a cascade of lakes with sandy beaches, boat and catamaran rental stations, as well as shops and ATMs here. Pushcha-Vodytsya is connected to Kyiv by a unique historical tram line running through the forest, which makes it probably the most scenic tram line in Ukraine. Pushcha-Vodytsya on Google Maps. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

Pushcha-Vodytsya - Kyiv - the Most Scenic Tram Line in Ukraine, photo 1

unique forest tram

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The Ostroh Castle from above

Ostroh, first mentioned in 1100, is a town with a population of about 15 thousand people located in the south of Rivne Oblast. The main attraction of the town is its old castle located on the top of the hill.

In the 14th-16th centuries, this was the ancestral nest of the Ostrogski family – one of the greatest Polish-Ruthenian families of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Ostroh Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Ostroh Castle, Rivne Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the Ostroh Castle

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Kharkiv, founded in 1654, is a large city located in the north-east of Ukraine. Together with nearby towns and districts, it forms the Kharkiv agglomeration with a population of more than 2 million people.

From December 19, 1919 to June 24, 1934, Kharkiv was the first capital of Soviet Ukraine. That’s why this city is also called “the first capital”. Today, it is a very important scientific, cultural, industrial, and transportation center of Ukraine.

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Ascension Church in Matusiv

Matusiv is a village of about 4,500 people located in the Shpola district of Cherkasy Oblast, about 69 km southwest of Cherkasy.

The main architectural attraction of this place is the majestic Ascension Church built in the style of late classicism in honor of the heroes of the Patriotic War of 1812 (the French invasion of Russia) in 1812-1818. Matusiv on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Ascension Church in Matusiv, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

elegant stone church

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Zinkiv is a village with a population of about 1,600 people located in Khmelnytskyi Oblast, about 56 km south of the city of Khmelnytskyi.

There are several architectural and historical monuments here. One of them is the Church of St. Michael built with funds from parishioners in 1769. This is one of the most impressive monuments of Podolia wooden church architecture. Zinkiv on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. Michael Church, Zinkiv, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

very picturesque wooden church

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The palace and park ensemble “Illyashivka Estate” is a museum-estate located in the village of Illyashivka in the Starokostiantyniv District of Khmelnytskyi Oblast, about 70 km northeast of Khmelnytskyi.

The construction of the palace in the style of classicism began in the late 18th century. Some sources claim that it was designed by the famous architect Domenico Merlini. Illyashivka Estate on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Illyashivka Estate, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque small palace

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