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The hippie festival “Shipot”

Every year (July 1-10) the area near the waterfall Shipot (Volovets district of Zakarpattia region) becomes the place of festival “Shipot”. All kinds of informal people are going to the festival: punks, hippies, rastaman, representatives of other subcultures and, of course, ordinary tourists.

The first festival was held in 1993. The motto of “Shipot” is “Love, Peace & Wine!” The main day of the festival is the day of Ivan Kupala – July 7. Photos by Oleg Grigoryev

Festival Shipot, Ukraine photo 1



Ukrainian Carpathians Mountains are the part of Carpathian mountain range, located mainly in western Ukraine on the territory of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia and Chernovtsy oblasts.

The length of Ukrainian Carpathians from San River to the sources of Suchava River is 280 km, width – 100 km. The total area is more than 24 thousand square km. The absolute height of the mountain range varies from 120-400 m in the foothills up to 1500-2000 m along the main ridge.

Ukrainian Carpathians landscape 1


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The following two similar wooden churches are located in the neighboring villages – Kraynikovo and Sokirnitsa, near the town of Khust, Zakarpattia oblast.

Both of them belong to so called Maramorosh architectural school also known as “Wooden Gothic”. Photos by av-otus.

Wooden Gothic church, Zakarpattia region, Ukraine view 1


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