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May 25, 2019, in Kyiv, a new pedestrian-bicycle bridge connecting the People’s Friendship Arch and Saint Volodymyr Hill was officially opened.

The bridge offers impressive views of the center of the Ukrainian capital and the Dnieper River. The length of this bridge made of concrete, iron and glass is 212 meters, the width ranges from 6 meters in regular zones to 14 meters in observation zones. Photos by Aleksandr Goncharov for Apostrophe.

New Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

new sight of Kyiv

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Unpredictable spring weather of the Carpathians

In early May, the weather in the Ukrainian Carpathians can be very changeable. It would seem that winter has long ended, snow has completely melted, green grass and flowering trees are everywhere.

And one night it suddenly snows and winter comes back, even if only for one day. Thanks to this relatively unusual natural phenomenon, you can see very picturesque views of the Carpathians, when snow clearly shows the smallest folds of the relief. Photos by: Vlad Sokolovsky.

Unpredictable spring weather of the Carpathians, Ukraine, photo 1

spring in the Carpathians

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Butsniv is a village with a population of about 1,200 people located about 12 km south of Ternopil. One of the landmarks of the village is the Church of Saints Peter and Paul – an architectural monument of local significance.

It was built as a Catholic church according to the project of the Lviv architect Julian Zakharevich in 1890-1891. During the First World War, the church was partially destroyed. In 1922-1923, the building was restored. Butsniv on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Butsniv, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque stone church

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Blooming Spring in Uzhhorod

Uzhhorod is a city with a population of about 113 thousand people standing on the banks of the Uzh River at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Located about 813 km south-west of Kyiv, on the border with Slovakia, it is the administrative center of the Zakarpattia region.

The smallest regional center of Ukraine, Uzhhorod has a rich and long history, significant architectural heritage. The city looks especially colorful in late April – early May, when sakura, magnolia, tulips, and lilac are flowering. Photos by: uzh_city.

Blooming Spring in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, photo 1

colors of spring in Uzhhorod

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Church of St. Nicholas in Borysivka

Borysivka is a village with a population of about 500 people located in the Vinnytsia region, about 65 km south-east of Vinnytsia. The main attraction of the village is the Church of St. Nicholas (1751) – the oldest monument of wooden architecture in the Vinnytsia region.

In Soviet times, the church was used as a granary. Despite this, the local community preserved not only old icons, but also a five-tier handmade iconostasis. Borysivka on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of St. Nicholas in Borysivka, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Zhytni Hory is a village with a population of about 2,300 people located in the Kyiv region, about 105 km south of Kyiv.

The main architectural attraction of the village is the Church of Joseph the Betrothed built in 1766 – a picturesque wooden monument of architecture of national importance. Zhytni Hory on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of Joseph the Betrothed in Zhytni Hory, Ukraine, photo 1

very elegant church

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Vorokhta is an urban-type settlement and resort with a population of about 4,200 people located at an altitude of 850 meters above sea level in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 89 km south of Ivano-Frankivsk. Almost from all sides Vorokhta is surrounded by mountains and forests. This is a training center for Ukrainian athletes in ski jumping, biathlon, ski racing.

The main architectural landmark of Vorokhta is the wooden church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin – one of the best examples of Hutsul folk architecture built according to traditional technologies without a single nail in neighboring Yablunytsya in 1654-1657. Vorokhta on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Vorokhta, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Apr/19

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Wooden Church of St. Basil in Cherche

Another attraction of Cherche, a small village located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 65 km north of Ivano-Frankivsk, in addition to the “old” Church of St. Basil the Great is the “new” Church of St. Basil the Great built of spruce in a new place closer to the center of the village in 1897.

Today, the church belongs to the local community of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Next to this wooden church there is also a new stone church. Cherche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

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

picturesque church

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Pidhaichyky is a village with a population of about 900 people located in the Terebovlia district of the Ternopil region, 40 km northwest of Ternopil. In 1810, a Roman Catholic neo-Gothic church of hewn stone was built almost in the center of the village.

In 1910, the church was transferred to the local Orthodox community and became the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. In 1947, the church was closed. In 1988, it was reopened and consecrated by the name of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pidhaichyky on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Neo-Gothic Orthodox Church in Pidhaichyky, Ukraine, photo 1

unusual Orthodox church

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Apr/19

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Kharkiv – the view from above

Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine located in the northeast of the country, near the border with Russia. From December 19, 1919 to June 24, 1934, Kharkiv was the first capital of Soviet Ukraine, hence the name “first capital”.

Today, it is a large scientific, cultural, industrial, and transport center of Ukraine. It was the third largest industrial center of the USSR.

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