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Cherche is a village with a population of about 1,100 people located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 65 km north of Ivano-Frankivsk. The main attraction of the village is the wooden Church of St. Basil the Great, an architectural monument of national importance.

This church, one of the most beautiful churches in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, was founded at least in the 16th century. It was moved several times from one place to another. At the current location, near the cemetery, the building was placed in 1733. Cherche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of St. Basil the Great in Cherche, Ukraine, photo 1

scenic wooden church

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Attractions of Sloboda Ukraine

Sloboda Ukraine (Slobozhanshchyna) is a historical region located in the northeast of present Ukraine and the southwest of the Central Chernozem economic region of Russia. In the 16th-18th centuries, it was a border region, which was actively settled with the support of the Russian government to protect the state from the raids of the Crimean Tatars.

The settlers took over the guard service and military protection of the frontier, their settlements called “sloboda” enjoyed more freedoms. Today, the term “Slobozhanshchyna” is actively used as an informal collective name of the Kharkiv, Sumy regions of Ukraine and the Belgorod region of Russia.

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Derenivka is a village with a population of about 500 people located in the center of the Ternopil region, about 44 km south of Ternopil. One of the few architectural attractions of Derenivka is the wooden church of the Resurrection of Christ located in the central part of the village.

The church was built in 1672. In 1715, it was reconstructed and got its current look. The high bell tower with four bells stands near the church. Derenivka on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Derenivka, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque small wooden church

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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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