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Not far from Kyiv, in the middle of the lake, on a small island in the thickets of trees, you can find a small wooden house. This artificial island was created in the 1970s, and was called “Love Island.”

The house was built later, around 1985, and was called “The House of Hunting and Fishing.” It was used as a place to exhibit hunting trophies. Today, the house is abandoned and the island is popular with local fishermen. Photos by: Richard Zorge.

Fairy-tale house in the middle of the lake near Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

dreamlike place




Flying over Buki landscape park

Let’s fly over a beautiful landscape park located in the village of Buki in Kiev region, about 110 km south-west of Kiev.

The park was founded by the local entrepreneur Ivan Suslov in 1996. Thousands of tourists come here to enjoy the beautiful countryside and views.

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“Kievan Rus Park” is a center of culture and history, located to the south of Kiev, which recreates the science-based architectural image of ancient Kiev and the atmosphere of ancient Russia of the 5th-13th centuries.

It is a great place for historical reenactments.

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living history


Buky is a small village with a population of about 500 people located in Kyiv region, to the west of Bila Tserkva, about 120 km from Kyiv.

One of the most beautiful landscape parks in Ukraine can be found here. The jewel of the place is a beautiful temple complex – Church of St. Eugene. Photos by:

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amazing place


Viktor Yanukovych was the fourth President of Ukraine (2010-2014). During the political crisis in Ukraine in 2013-2014, he fled to Russia and was removed from power.

Let’s walk through the territory of his former country residence in Mezhyhiria, located to the north of Kyiv, and also look at the interiors. Mezhyhirya Residence on Google Maps. Photos by: Richard Zorge.

The former residence of Yanukovych in Mezhyhiria, Ukraine, photo 1

flashy luxury all over the place

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Disneyland near Kyiv

Imagine this situation: Kyiv region, you are driving on an empty night road in the direction of Kyiv, and about 30 km from the city, all of a sudden, about 500 meters from the highway, you can see such a sight.

It is not an entertainment or tourist center, but one of the largest film studios in Ukraine – VICTORIA FILM STUDIOS, located on Zhitomir highway Kyiv-Chop, near the village of Hurivshchyna. The location of the studios on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Sergiy Kotko.

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quite unexpected sight

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Abandoned kindergarten in the Chernobyl zone

Kopachi is an abandoned village, located about 4 km from Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the right bank of the Pripyat River, in Ivankovsky district of Kiev region. It was a booming village in 1980s. April 26, 1986, after the accident at the station, the village was badly contaminated.

The village, located in the 10-kilometer zone of the Chernobyl exclusion, was eliminated by complete destruction; the remains of it were covered with earth. At the moment the territory is not inhabited.

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Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of the Middle Dnieper is an open air museum, located on the outskirts of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky town (about 100 km from Kiev).

The museum presents a Ukrainian village of the late 19th – early 20th centuries, as well as buildings and monuments since the late Paleolithic period to the times of Kievan Rus. Thirteen thematic museums can be found on the territory of 30 hectares. Photos by Kirill Vyazankin

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Spring in the Chernobyl exclusion zone

The exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in 1986-1987 called 30-kilometer zone, is a forbidden for free access area, contaminated with radionuclides as a result of explosion at Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Chernobyl zone includes the northern part of Ivankovsky district of Kiev region, where the power plant itself, the towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat are located; north of the Polesie district of Kiev region; as well as the part of Zhitomir region. The population of the area was evacuated. Photos by tov_sergeant.

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“The Kievan Rus Park” project is the historical and cultural center of ancient Rus. The main idea of the project is to recreate the cultural and architectural image of Kiev’s Detinets-Kremlin of the 5th-13th centuries in original size as well as recreation the atmosphere of Kievan Rus epoch.

The Park’s total area is over 50 ha. The park should become one of the main Ukrainian tourist centers.

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