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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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Sevastopol is a city of state importance of Ukraine. It is located on the Black Sea coast of Crimean peninsula. The city was founded by the decree of Russian Empress Catherine II in 1783.

Sevastopol is the largest trading and fishing seaport, industrial, scientific, technical, recreational, cultural and historical center of the region. Naval Base of Russian Black Sea Fleet and Ukrainian Navy Base are located there.

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With the upcoming EURO 2012 Ukraine’s promotional campaign has started recently with the presentation of advertising video clip “Switch on Ukraine”. The video will be broadcast by major European TV channels.

But not all the people in Ukraine like it. There are a lot of doubts was it worth to spend about 500,000 USD to make it. That’s why several unofficial promo videos of Ukraine made almost for free only on the enthusiasm of the photographers have appeared. The following promo time-lapse is about Ukrainian capital city – Kyiv. The author is Yaroslav Yarko.

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Bukovel is a ski resort in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast (about 110 km from Ivano-Frankivsk city). The resort is located near Palyanitsa village at an altitude of 850-1372 meters above sea level. Bukovel resort is actively growing. Most of the buildings, roads and skiing tracks were built in 2005-2011.

The resort has 16 surface lifts (Doppelmayr and Leitner) and well developed infrastructure (hotels, multi-storey parkings, restaurants). Five mountains of the resort (Dovga, Bukovel, Bulchinoha, Babin Pogar, Chernaya Kleva) provide about 60 km of tracks (blue, red and black). All the tracks have snow cannons; several are equipped with fixed lighting.



Welcome to “Feofaniya” – landscape art park-memorial of national importance located in Ukrainian capital city Kiev. Unique feature distinguishing the park from others is the harmonious combination of unspoiled nature with the masterpieces of landscape design on the background of St. Panteleimon cathedral.





Excellent time-lapse of Kiev

In addition to the previous post about Kiev views at night time here is nice promo time-lapse video of Kiev captured by Oleg Finger. The filming took place during July-September this year.

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September 4, 2011 was the day of the official opening of reconstructed embankment and light and music fountain on Southern Bug River in Vinnitsa city.

The fountain is located near the Kemp Island, close to the central bus station. Light and music fountain of Vinnitsa is the biggest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world.


The song and dance group “Donbass” is a card of Donbass region. The group is the winner of numerous international and local folk dance festivals and contests.

They are ready to respond to the invitation from all over the world and arrange an unforgettable concert. The address: Ukraine, Donetsk city, Savchenko Str., 42. Email: The site of the group:


Nice song and illustrations :)

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The Zoo of Nikolaev city

Nikolaev Zoo was founded by Nikolaev city mayor Nikolai Pavlovich Leontovich in 1901. Today the general area of the Zoo is 18.48 hectares and the collection includes 452 species. Address: Ukraine, Nikolaev city, Leontovich Sq. Contact phones: +380 512 24 63 77, +380 512 55 60 45.

The working time of the Zoo in winter is: 8:00 – 17:00; in summer – 9:00 – 18:00, during free days and holydays – 9:00 – 19:00, without days off.