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May/20

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Color photographs of Ukraine in 1904-1905

These unique photographs were taken by Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of color photography in the Russian Empire, near the town of Putyvl in 1904-1905.

Today, this town is located in Sumy Oblast in the north of Ukraine, about 100 km northwest of Sumy. Source: International research project “Legacy of S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky”.

The town of Putyvl of the Russian Empire.

Color photographs of Ukraine in 1904-1905, photo 1

Ukraine in the early 20th century

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Zbarazh Castle (1626-1631) is located in a park near the center of the town of Zbarazh in the central part of Ternopil Oblast, about 24 km northeast of Ternopil.

In 1649, this fortification played a key role during the uprising of the Zaporozhye Cossacks led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky. As a result of the siege of Zbarazh and the ensuing Battle of Zboriv fought between the combined Cossack-Crimean force and the Crown army of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Treaty of Zboriv was signed. Zbarazh Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Zbarazh Castle, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

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The State Historical and Architectural Reserve “Khotyn Fortress” is a fortress of the 13th-18th centuries located in the town of Khotyn on the bank of the Dniester River in Chernivtsi Oblast, about 60 km northeast of Chernivtsi.

Of the entire fortress, the Khotyn Castle is best preserved, although from a height you can see the remains of other fortifications. The Khotyn Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Khotyn Fortress, Ukraine from above, photo 1

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Let’s walk through the main streets of Kyiv and see how they looked in 1985. After the Second World War, Kyiv became the third largest city in the Soviet Union after Moscow and Leningrad, the capital of the second largest Soviet republic.

The photos were taken one year before the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which caused a significant deterioration in the environmental situation in the city, and 6 years before Kyiv became the capital of an independent Ukraine. Source

Kyiv - the Capital of Soviet Ukraine in 1985, photo 1

back to the past of Ukraine

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The medieval fortress in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi looks especially picturesque from a bird’s eye view, when you can see the entire complex.

The thickness of the walls varies from 1.5 to 5 meters, the height of the walls and towers – 5-15 meters. The basis of the fortress complex is the Citadel – the most fortified part of it. Akkerman Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Akkerman Fortress from above, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the fortress

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Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (until 1918 – Akkerman) is a town with a population of about 57 thousand people located on the north-west coast of the Black Sea in the Odessa region, about 85 km south of Odessa.

The main attraction of this town is its old fortress – the largest fortress in the territory of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Akkerman Fortress in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, photo 1

magnificent fortress

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When it comes to Old Halych, the capital of Galicia, and later the Principality of Galicia-Volhynia, we mean not the present town of Halych, but the village of Krylos located southwest of it, in the Halych district of the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Most of the monuments of archeology, architecture and history of the old capital are found here, which together with the historical center of Halych and several other nearby historical places form the national reserve “Old Halych”. Krylos on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Old Halych of Galicia in Krylos, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the very center of Galicia

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Medzhybizh Fortress is located in the village of Medzhybizh in the upper reaches of the Southern Buh River, 30 km east of Khmelnitsky and 4 km north of the highway E50 (M12).

This monument of fortification architecture built in the Renaissance style in the middle of the 16th century is included in the State Register of the National Cultural Heritage of Ukraine. Medzhybizh Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Fortress in Medzhybizh, Khmelnytskyi region, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque fortress

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Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi is a town-museum with a population of about 30 thousand people located in the Kyiv region, 90 km southeast of Kyiv.

This is one of the oldest towns in Ukraine, first mentioned in 907. In total, there are 27 museums in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi. One of the most interesting ones is the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of the Middle Dnieper. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

Folk Architecture Museum in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi, Kyiv region, Ukraine, photo 1

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May/17

6

Palanok Castle in Mukacheve

The Palanok Castle, also known as Mukacheve Castle, is the main attraction of the town of Mukacheve located in the Zakarpattia region. The castle stands on a 68-meter-high hill of volcanic origin, the total area of the castle is 13,930 square meters.

The exact date of the founding of the castle is unknown. For the first time it was mentioned in documents in the 11th century. The fortifications were built and rebuilt several times. The castle’s buildings that have survived to this day belong to the 14th-17th centuries. Today, there is a historical museum here. Photos by: Igor Salnikov.

Palanok Castle in Mukacheve, Ukraine, photo 1

explore the Palanok Castle

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