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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.




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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