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Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians

Autumn in Carpathians

Carpathian mountains

The Carpathian chain is usually divided into three major parts: the Western Carpathians (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary), the Eastern Carpathians (South-Eastern Poland, Eastern Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania) and the Southern Carpathians (Romania, Serbia). Continue reading

Catherdral of the Dormition

Cathedral of the Dormition

Cathedral of the Dormition

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Dormition Cathedral is one of the oldest churches of the Kievan Rus, a unique architectural monument, one of the wonders of Ukraine, the tomb of many outstanding personalities. For many centuries the Cathedral was one of the most revered shrines of the Orthodox Church. Continue reading

Zamkova Hora in Kiev

Zamkova Hora

Zamkova Hora

Zamkova Hora is a historical site in the centre of the Kiev city. According to some historians, Zamkova Hora has a mystical prehistory, it is supposed to be one of the Lysa hora (“bald mountains”, that are without trees from several sides). The sites of witch gatherings are called Lysa hora. Continue reading

Monument to Kiev City Founders

Monument to the founders of Kiev

Monument to the founders of Kiev

Monument to Kiev City founders – Kyi, Schek, Khoryv and their sister Lybid. The legend of three brothers and their sister is widely recognized as the most popular legend of Kiev’s foundation and urban naming. Continue reading

Andriyivskyy Descent on the Independence Day

Andriyivskyy Descent

Andriyivskyy Descent

Andriyivskyy Descent is a historic descent connecting Kiev’s Upper Town to the historically commercial Podil. The street, often advertised by tour guides and operators as the “Montmartre of Kiev,” is one of the major tourist attraction of Kiev. The descent’s current name is derived from the 18th cen tury, at the time when the Saint Andrew’s Church was erected on the top of the hill. Continue reading

Transportation in Ukraine

Metro bridge

Metro bridge

Public transportation in Kyiv is efficient and inexpensive, but crowded. The city’s network of buses, trolley buses, streetcars and the subway (Metro) covers almost the entire city. Everybody should be ready to contend with a good deal of pushing and shoving during the morning and evening rush hours. Continue reading

Shatsk lakes

Svityaz Lake

Svityaz Lake

Ukraine has a great diversity of natural landscapes and wildlife. For this reason areas of Ukraine have been declared protected areas, nature reserves and National parks. National Parks in Ukraine are vital for preserving large natural areas and provide the country with great opportunities to develop ecotourism.

Briefly about the Shatsk Lakes:

1. Country: Ukraine

2. Name: Shatsk Lakes

3. Geographical coordinates: 51`31’N 23`50’E

4. Area: (in hectares) 32, 850 ha, incl. 6, 628 ha of water, 1, 977 ha of marshes (mires) and peatlands, 4, 492 ha of meadows, 13, 935 ha of forests. This site is territory of the Shatskyi National Nature Park.

5. Overview: Wetland site Shatsk Lakes is the part of unique system (which consists from 22 lakes) with marshes (mires), peatlands, meadows and forests.

6. General location: Shatsk Lakes is situated on the territory of Shatskyi administrative district of Volynska Oblast (administrative region of Ukraine), 160 km north-west from Lutsk city (administrative centre of Volynska Oblast), on the border with Belarus.

7. Local residents: More than 12 000 people live in the biosphere’s transition area where they are engaged in agriculture, tourism and other public services. Many of them belong to different cultures, nationalities and religions. In addition to this variety, more than 100 000 tourists visit the reserve each year. While the business opportunities created by tourism contribute to a significant portion of the local economy, local communities have made earnest efforts to ensure that any economic development does not negatively affect the park.

8. What to do: Beach- and sun-bathing; boating, yachting and catamaran walking; biking, hiking; wild bird watching (8,000 -12,000 birds on migration, 27 Red Book species); rural (green) tourism etc.

9. Jurisdiction: local Radas of the Deputies. Functional jurisdiction: on protected area of the Shatskyi National Nature Park – of the State Committee of Forestry, on other areas – regional administrative authorities of different sectors: State Committee of Forestry (forest use and hunting), Ministry of Agricultural Industry Complexes of Ukraine (farming), State Committee of Fishery (fishing), State Committee of Water Resources (water using) etc. Continue reading

Bessarabskiy market in the downtown of Kyiv

Bessarabskiy market in Kiev

Bessarabskiy market in Kiev

The Bessarabska Square market is at the end of the Khreschatyk Street. Only by the end of the 40s of XIX century the Square was included into the city zone. Early, it was used as a stop-point for the guests coming from the South. Continue reading

Landscape park “Alexandria” in Bila Tserkva (2)

Park "Alexandria"

Park "Alexandria"

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Landscape park “Alexandria” in Bila Tserkva (1)

Park "Alexandria"

Park "Alexandria"

A historical landscape park “Alexandria” of 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) is situated in Bila Tserkva. It was founded in 1793 by the wife of the Polish hetman Franciszek Ksawery Branicki. Her name was Alexandra Engelgardt. Continue reading

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