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The Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra is an Orthodox monastery located in Pochaev town (Ternopil region). It is the biggest Orthodox church complex and monastery in western Ukraine and the second after the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral was built in the ancient Russian manner in 1906-1912 (architect A.V. Shchusev). The cathedral was laid in 1899, but the construction was resumed only in 1906. Heavy monolithic walls of the cathedral have a minimum of decorations. Photos by av_otus

The Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Pochaev Lavra, Ukraine photo 1

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Jul/13

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Perhaps the most unusual church in Ukraine

“Natalievka” is the estate of sugar producer Pavel Ivanovich Kharitonenko founded in the 80s of the 19th century in Vladimirovka village of Kharkov region (about 80 km from Kharkov).

The manor house was destroyed during the Soviet times. The park of the estate with a total area of about 50 hectares is protected as a national monument of landscape architecture.

Church in Natalievka estate, Kharkov region, Ukraine photo 1

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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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The Roman Catholic Church of St. Nicholas in Kiev, which was built in the early 20th century, is used as a house of organ and chamber music from 1980. The building is located at Krasnoarmeyskaya Str., 77.

The church, built in the stylized Gothic forms with high towers and spiers, has slender proportions, and clear compositional structure. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh.

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On Saturday, December 3, the opening ceremony of the Mosque Ar-Rahma took place in Kiev. It is the first mosque built in the capital city of Ukraine. The mosque is designed for 3,000 people; its area is 3200 square meters; the height of the minaret is 27 meters.

The mosque was constructed in the historic part of the city, on the top of Schekavitsa Mountain. In total, about 2 million Muslims are living in Ukraine, and 60,000 – in Kiev. The mosque was named Ar-Rahma meaning “Mercy”. Address: Kiev, Lukyanovskaya Str., 46.

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Neo-gothic style Roman Catholic Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross was built in Fastiv in 1903-1911. Today, this architectural monument of national importance is the main sight of the city. The church was constructed at the expense of representatives of the Polish gentry.

The author of the design was architect W. Dombrowski. Main feature of the church is the asymmetry of its western facade. The asymmetric structure of the facade of the building is explained by the influence of art nouveau style.

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The following two similar wooden churches are located in the neighboring villages – Kraynikovo and Sokirnitsa, near the town of Khust, Zakarpattia oblast.

Both of them belong to so called Maramorosh architectural school also known as “Wooden Gothic”. Photos by av-otus.

Wooden Gothic church, Zakarpattia region, Ukraine view 1

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Jul/11

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The beautiful architecture of Ternopil

Ternopil city is known for its architectural and cultural monuments. Also it is very comfortable for foreign travelers having a lot of exchange points and modern hotels.

One of the major sights is the Church of the Nativity, the amazingly beautiful church, one of the best examples of Podolsk architectural school of the 17th century.

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Jun/11

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Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra

Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra is an Orthodox monastery in Pochaev (Ternopil oblast). It is the largest Orthodox shrine in Volhynia and second, after the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, monastery in Ukraine. The photos were taken by pauchok-anansis.

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The church of the Intercession of the Virgin is one of the most important monuments of neo-Russian style located in the territory of Ukraine in Kiev oblast.

The church was designed by the largest master of this style Vladimir Alexandrovich Pokrovsky. The temple in Parkhomovka was his debut as an independent architect.

Parkhomovka church, Kiev oblast, Ukraine view 1

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