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In Sutkivtsi, a small village with a population of about 1,200 people located in Yarmolinetsky district of Khmelnytskyi Oblast, there is an amazing Orthodox church dating back to the 15th century. The thickness of its walls is about 1.5-1.8 meters.

The Church of the Holy Intercession, built of gray stone with pointed, cone-shaped towers and loopholes, is a unique monument of defense construction in Podolia. It is one of the oldest defense churches in Ukraine and has no analogues in its architectural and planning solutions in the country.

Holy Protection Fortress-Church, Sutkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

unique fortified church

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There is a number of old castles and fortified palaces all over Ukraine, especially in its western part, and you will need a lot of time to see them all. Since 2017, in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi located in Khmelnytsky Oblast, you can do it in half an hour.

“Castles of Ukraine” is an open air museum with beautiful replicas (1:20) of the 16 most famous castles of Ukraine recreated to the smallest detail. The official site of the museum. “Castles of Ukraine” on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Zaglinskiy.

Museum of Miniatures Castles of Ukraine in Kamianets-Podilskyi, photo 1

the best Ukrainian castles in one place

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Bilorichytsya is a village with a population of about 1,100 people located in the Pryluky district of Chernihiv Oblast, 166 km southeast of Chernihiv.

The main attraction of the village is the following unusual and picturesque outbuilding for visitors (1878) – all that remains of the estate of Elena Volkonskaya-Rakhmanova, the daughter of the Decembrist Sergei Volkonsky. Bilorichytsya on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Fairytale Guest House in Bilorichytsya, Ukraine, photo 1

walk around the house

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Vynohradiv (until 1946 – Sevlush) is a small town with a population of about 25,000 people located in the southern part of Zakarpattia Oblast, about 94 km southeast of Uzhhorod. The distance to the border with Hungary is 16 km, Romania – 10 km, Slovakia – 80 km, Poland – 110 km. Vynohradiv is one of the oldest settlements in Transcarpathia. There was a Slavic settlement here already in the 9th century AD. Photos by: neo7777vitaha.

The monument to the winemaker in Vynohradiv. It was installed in the central square of the town, not far from the complex of buildings of the Franciscan monastery, in 2011. According to one legend, it was the Franciscans who were the first in the region to master winemaking. The monument depicts a man dressed in national Hungarian clothing and working at a wine press.

Vynohradiv town, Zakarpattia region, Ukraine, photo 1

walk the streets of Vynohradiv

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In a quiet backwater of the Desna River, not far from the village of Rozhny in Kyiv Oblast, you can find an unexpected thing – a tram that can float on water.

The owner of the water tram is the ex-head of the waterways section, who introduced himself as Viktor Pavlovich. He said that he had long dreamed of creating a permanent vacation spot for his family.

Abandoned river tram, the Desna River, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

unusual floating dacha-tram

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Ukraine is a beautiful and culture-rich destination that can offer unique experiences to travelers from around the world. While there will be some rules to follow to maximize safety if visiting in 2024, it’s important for locals and holidaymakers alike to really showcase just how wonderful this country really is.

If you live here or have visited in the past few years, it may be worthwhile to curate some image collections and share your travel itinerary, to show the world that we are still on the map and have plenty of amazing things to see and do. Creative suite editing can be a fantastic way for those with no graphic design skills to make their photos and videos eye-catching, so let’s take a look at its functionality.

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Pereiaslav is a town-museum with a population of about 26 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.

This town is also widely known in connection with the Pereiaslav Rada held here under Hetman Bogdan Khmelnytsky in 1654. It was an official meeting that convened for a ceremonial pledge of allegiance by Cossacks to the Tsar of Russia. In 1943-2019, in memory of this event, the town was called Pereiaslav-Khmelnytsky.

In total, there are 27 museums in Pereiaslav. The Museum of Folk Life and Architecture of Middle Dnieper Ukraine is one of the most interesting ones. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

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

explore the museum

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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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Mysterious underground maze of Odesa

Odesa, a large Ukrainian city on the Black Sea coast, is often called “The Pearl of the South”. But it is known not only for its beautiful architecture. Odesa has an incredible system of catacombs stretching even beyond the city limits.

Most of the catacombs are former quarries, in which shell stone was mined for the construction of Odessa. Mining was done chaotically and as a result a huge underground maze appeared.

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underground Odesa

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Bilychi is a village with a population of about 1,400 people located in the south-west of Lviv Oblast, about 102 from Lviv. This village, surrounded by mountains on all sides, stretches from east to west for almost six kilometers.

Here you can see an interesting wooden church surrounded by an unusual round fence – the Church of the Holy Archangel Michael (1857). Bilychi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Bilychi, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque wooden church

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