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Church of the Holy Spirit in Rohatyn

Rohatyn is a small town with a population of about 8,000 people located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 60 km north of Ivano-Frankivsk. This town is considered one of the historic places of Ukraine.

There are several interesting monuments of architecture in Rohatyn. One of them is the wooden Church of the Holy Spirit – a monument of folk architecture and monumental art of national importance included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Rohatyn on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Holy Spirit in Rohatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Winter on Mount Synyak

Synyak (1,665 m) is a mountain with steep slopes in Gorgany, a system of mountain ranges in the outer strip of the Ukrainian Carpathians. This mountain is located within the Carpathian National Natural Park, in the Nadvirna district of the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Mount Synyak is a popular destination for hiking trails on weekends. From its top you can see the adjacent ridges. It also offers a magnificent panorama of the ski resort of Bukovel, as well as a view of the highest range of the Ukrainian Carpathians – Chornohora, with the mountains of Hoverla (2,061 m) and Petros (2,020 m). Mount Synyak on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Ryzhkov.

Winter on Mount Synyak, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

hike in the Ukrainian Carpathians


Brody is a city with a population of about 23 thousand people located in the north-east of the Lviv region. In the past, it was one of the largest trade centers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There are a lot of preserved architectural monuments here.

The Palace of the Counts Tyszkiewicz, built in the style of English neoclassicism in 1909-1912, is one of these monuments. The palace is surrounded by a park with a pond. In Soviet times, the building began to be used as the Brody Leshoz, a forestry organization engaged in accounting, reproduction, protection of forests. Tyszkiewicz Palace in Brody on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Palace of the Counts Tyszkiewicz in Brody, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque mini-palace

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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 the Khmelnytsky region, you can do it in half an hour.

“Castles of Ukraine” is an open air miniature museum with beautiful replicas (1:20) of the 16 most famous castles of Ukraine recreated to the smallest detail. The Museum of Miniatures 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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The Golden Gate of Kyiv

“The Golden Gate” (1018-1024), the main gate of old Kyiv, is a monument of defense architecture and one of the oldest buildings of Eastern Europe, one of the symbols of the capital of Ukraine. The gate was named by analogy with the Golden Gate in Constantinople.

This building remained the gateway to Kyiv until the 18th century, although over time it fell into disrepair. In 1832, the first measures were taken to preserve the Golden Gate. In 1982, to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of Kyiv, the Golden Gate was completely reconstructed. In 2007, the latest reconstruction was completed. The Golden Gate of Kyiv on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Golden Gate of Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

the gate to medieval Kyiv


Khotyn is a town with a population of about 9,200 people located in the Chernivtsi region, about 62 km north-east of Chernivtsi. This town is famous for its picturesque medieval fortress standing on the bank of the Dniester River.

The fortress has the status of a state historical and architectural reserve and is considered one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. A number of adventure movies were shot here, mostly in Soviet times. Khotyn Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Khotyn Fortress, Ukraine, photo 1

magnificent fortress

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Snow-covered Streets of Uzhhorod

Uzhhorod, the capital of the Zakarpattia region, is located in the very west of Ukraine. This city at the foot of the Carpathians is the smallest regional center of the country, but has a rich and long history.

Winter in Uzhhorod is usually mild with an average temperature of about zero degrees Celsius. This winter, the first heavy snow fell in Uzhhorod only in January and the streets of the city decorated by the New Year and Christmas illumination became very picturesque. Photos by: uzh_city.

Snow-covered Streets of Uzhhorod, Ukraine, photo 1

snowfall in Uzhhorod

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In Ukraine, there are only three monasteries, which have the highest spiritual title of Lavra – Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Pochayiv Lavra and Sviatohirsk Lavra.

The Holy Assumption Sviatohirsk Lavra (also known as The Holy Mountains Lavra, Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery), an important spiritual center of eastern Ukraine and southern Russia, was first mentioned in written sources in 1526. Sviatohirsk Lavra on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexey Novik.

Sviatohirsk Lavra, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful monastery

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Snowy Winter in the Pyrohiv Museum

Snowy winter in the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine located on the southern outskirts of Kyiv near the village of Pyrohiv.

This open-air museum is a unique architectural and landscape complex of all historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. Pyrohiv on Google Maps. Photos by: Yuriy Yuriev.

Snowy winter in the Pyrohiv Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque snow-covered museum

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Pomoryany, included in the list of historical towns and villages of Ukraine, is an urban-type settlement with a population of about 1,300 people located in the Zolochiv district of the Lviv region, about 92 km east of Lviv.

One of the local attractions is the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, an architectural monument of national importance founded in 1738. The construction of this church was completed only in 1812. The church combines the styles of Classicism and Gothic. Pomoryany on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Pomoryany, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque Catholic church

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