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Mar/13

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The “color” photos of Odessa in 1931

In 1931, American photographer Branson DeCou visited Odessa and made a number of black-and-white photos, then he painted his slides. What was the need to paint the slides in the age of color photography is a mystery.

Obviously, he was rather an artist than a photographer. Branson tried to reproduce original colors on his slides.

These colorful slides could serve as an excellent illustration of the famous novel “The Golden Calf”, because its action took place in Odessa about this time. Pictures by visualhistory

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Mar/13

25

Abnormally heavy snowfall in Kiev

In recent days, Kiev has experienced abnormal snowfall; tens of millions of tons of snow has fallen on the streets of the city. In this regard, a state of emergency is declared in Kiev. Military equipment is involved in the process of clearing the streets. March 25 is declared a day off.

More than 22,000 people and 5,000 pieces of equipment are involved in the liquidation of consequences of snowfall; thousands of people have been caught in snowdrift.

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Jan/13

28

The capital of Ukraine after snowfall

Kiev city is located in the northern part of Ukraine, not far from its center. The climate is temperate continental with mild winters and warm summers. Usually the coldest days in Kiev are in January 18-25. The average temperature in January is minus 3,5° C.

Over the past 120 years, the average annual temperature in Kiev increased by about 1,5° C. The greatest increase in temperature is observed in December – March. In December 2012, the city experienced heavy snowfalls. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh

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Jan/13

25

Bila Tserkva – the toy city

Bila Tserkva is a city located in Kiev oblast of Ukraine, about 80 km from the capital of the country. Bila Tserkva was founded in 1032 by Yaroslav the Wise. The name of the city means “White Church” which may refer to the (no longer extant) white-painted cathedral of medieval town.

The photos were processed in “tilt-shift” style, which blurs the line between reality and the toy world. Photos by Roman Naumov

Bila Tserkva city, Ukraine tilt-shift photo 1

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Jan/13

21

Lviv from the height of 18 meters

Lviv was founded in the mid 13th century. In the Middle Ages, Lviv was an important trading center. During Austrian rule the town became a center of Ukrainian and Polish national liberation movements.

Before the Second World War the city belonged to Poland. In 1939, Lviv became the part of the Ukrainian SSR as a result of agreement between the Soviet Union and Germany (the Molotov – Ribbentrop Pact).

Lviv from the height of 18 meters, Ukraine photo 1

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Jan/13

12

Beautiful views of the winter Yalta

Yalta is definitely the most famous resort city in the former Soviet Union countries. The city is located on approximately the same geographical latitude with renowned Italian ports and resorts of Ravenna and Genoa.

The sun is shining here about 2250 hours a year – about the same as in Nice, Cannes, San Remo and other Mediterranean resorts.

Winter Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine photo 1

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Dec/12

26

Happy New Year 2013 from Chernihiv

The other day the main Christmas tree of Chernihiv was unveiled in the central square of the city. The main event of the show was a carnival procession of Santas, Snow Maidens and fairytale characters through the city center.

Here is a glimpse of Chernihiv at this time of the year.

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Kamenets Podolskiy is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. Because of unique combination of historical, architectural, and urban heritage, the “Old Town” is declared a state historical-architectural reserve.

The greatest value of the city is almost completely preserved historic center without inclusions of the 20th century architecture. Kamenets Podolskiy main attraction is its ancient fortress. The first buildings belong to the 11th-12th centuries, and the main building – the 16th-17th centuries. The fortress is considered a fine example of the best fortifications of Eastern Europe.

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Odessa, a wonderful city standing on the Black Sea coast, is often called the “Pearl of the South”. Odessa has special architectural style and ambiance.

Fortunately, most of the marvelous buildings that went up in Odessa during the 18th and 19th centuries were only partially damaged during the Second World War. That means Odessa retains the charm of yesteryear.

Odessa residents are known to be hospitable, warmhearted, independent, proud – and to possess a sophisticated sense of humor. Odessa city holds festivals of humor and satire every year on April 1.

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Chernivtsi is a city in south-western Ukraine, 40 km north of the border with Romania, the administrative center of Chernivtsi region. The city is the historic center of Bukovina and, along with Lviv is the cultural center of western Ukraine.

Over the centuries, Chernivtsi formed as a city with a unique multi-style architecture and rich cultural heritage. It is one of the few cities in Ukraine, which is rightly considered the jewel of architecture. Photos by horoshiyblog

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