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Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet

Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after S.A. Krushelnitskaya is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe on a par with Odessa and Vienna opera houses. Photo by Alex Darkside

Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet, Ukraine


Svyatogorsky State Historical-Architectural Reserve is a complex of monuments of history and culture of the 17th-20th centuries.

The reserve is situated at the foot of the chalk mountains (Svyatiye “Holy” Mountains), on the right bank of the Seversky Donets River (near the city of Svyatogorsk located 150 km to the north of Donetsk).

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take a tour of the historical reserve


National Museum of Ukrainian Architecture and Culture is an open air museum, architectural and landscape complex of historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine.

It is the largest open air museum in Europe located on the southern outskirts of Kyiv, near the village of Pyrohiv. The total area of the museum is about 133 hectares. Photos by maxiwell83

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fine examples of Ukrainian folk architecture




Flea market in Kharkov

If you like antiques or just the things from the recent past, then you might be interested in Kharkov flea market, which is one of the largest flea markets in Ukraine, along with the one in Odessa.

This place is located relatively far from the city center, near the central market of Kharkov (here is the approximate location of Kharkov flea market on Google Maps). Photos by ya_rinka

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Khortitsa is the largest island on the Dnieper River, located in the city of Zaporozhye below the DneproGES, unique natural and historical complex.

The island stretches from north-west to south-east, length – 12.5 km, average width – 2.5 km. In 2007, the island was named one of the “Seven Wonders of Ukraine.”

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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is one of the first monasteries founded in Kievan Rus. The monastery was founded in 1051. Today, it is the center of Orthodoxy, one of the most important monasteries of the Christian world.

The lavra is located in the center of Kiev, on the right, the high bank of the Dnieper, and occupies two hills separated by deep ravines, leading down to the Dnieper. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra location on Google Maps. Photos by zubr14

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Beautiful Ukrainian folk song

Beautiful and a little sad Ukrainian folk song “Тихо над річкою” (can be translated something like “Silence over the river”) sung by Canadian trio “Voloshky”.


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Beautiful music played by the folk instruments orchestra of Kamenets-Podolskiy National University named after Ivan Ogienko.




How Ukrainian Cossacks play football

“The Cossacks” is a series of animated shorts produced in the USSR by the Ukrainian film studio “Kievnauchfilm”. The following cartoon about how the Cossacks play football was filmed in 1970.

The cartoon surprisingly accurately predicted the group of Ukraine at the recent European football championship 2012, and even the order of the matches is correct: Sweden, France, England. The score of the match Ukraine-Sweden (2-1) is also correctly predicted.

And finally there is a scene with heavy rain that is similar to what happened during the match Ukraine-France in Donetsk.




Traditional Ukrainian clothes Vyshyvanka

Vyshyvanka is a colloquial name of the traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt. Numerous variations of the embroidery design were created in the 19th century. Regional features usually found reflections in the ornaments of the shirts.

Vyshyvanka was widely used in folk costume and at home. The embroidery of Ukrainian costume is rich and varied. It was used to decorate women’s and men’s shirts, outerwear, headwear. The motives of ornaments, composition, colors were handed down from generation to generation becoming a tradition.


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