Cultural sightseeing in Ukraine

Ukraine can be proud not only of the fertile soils and expanses of its steppe, but also of its cultural wealth that can be seen by visiting museums, cathedrals, squares and other places that eloquently portray the country’s complicated history and demonstrate its culture in all its glory. The National Art Museum of Ukraine which is located in Kiev is the largest art museum in the country. Here guests will see works of Ukrainian artists and masters of several eras: icons, paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The museum organizes guided tours in several languages. There is a souvenir shop and a workshop here, where adults and children are taught to paint pictures.
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The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in Kiev is a large, majestic building that holds within its walls historical documents and artifacts from ancient times to the present day. The collection continues to grow still. Here you can see the past of the country, and look at the present through the eyes of modern Ukrainians through photos, weapons, tools, clothing and much more. The unique museum “Pysanka” is located in the city of Kolomyia. Several thousands of beautiful Easter eggs are housed in the building, part of which is a painted egg. The museum is dedicated to the Ukrainian art of decorating Easter eggs, but there are exhibits from all over the world among its collection.
At the border of the Kirovograd region is sited the Strategic Missile Forces Museum. The museum consists of the formerly secret land and underground buildings of the Soviet era that had to do with nuclear weapons. Inside, everything is as it was in those tense times when the officers who were working here were ready to put the weapon into use at any moment. Visitors will be able to control the launch of missiles independently using equipment that simulates a military situation. There is a pharmacy of the 18th century in Lviv, which became a museum in the 1960s. The institution continues to operate simultaneously as a pharmacy and a museum. The large collection of the museum contains ancient medicines and devices, a rare herbarium and other interesting exhibits. You can also buy here “Iron Wine”, medicine with iron, useful for blood. Copyright
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The Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, Uzhhorod Zakarpattia, is not a museum in the usual sense of the word. Here, the guests of Uzhhorod will see not a building with a large collection of exhibits, but many buildings that are themselves exhibits. These are ancient buildings, among which there is a church, residential buildings and a mill. The museum tells about the life of several ethnic groups of Zakarpattia. There are icons of the 17th century, dishes and other exhibits in the museum. Space enthusiasts should visit the Museum of Cosmonautics named after S. P. Korolev in Zhytomyr. The house-museum of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the chief engineer of the Soviet space program, tells about his life. In the main building of the museum there is a huge number of exhibits related to space, among which is lunar soil.
The Jesuit Church in Lviv was built in the 17th century by Catholic monks. Its construction took two decades. Inside the church is decorated with frescoes and sculptures. According to legend, here, in the dungeon, wanders the restless ghost of a monk, who was imprisoned to pray for his transgressions, but instead sold his soul to the Devil. There is the magnificent Holy Annunciation Cathedral in Kharkiv, with beautiful frescoes and icons. It was opened at the very beginning of the last century and still impresses the guests of the city.
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The Olesko Castle is located in the Lviv region. In this 14th-century building that stands on a hill, once lived the great polish king John III Sobieski. In the 19th century, it was damaged by an earthquake, after which it was restored. At the moment there is an art museum in the castle with hundreds of wonderful exhibits from the 10th to 18th centuries: paintings, decorations and sculptures. Visitors can find ancient statues in the garden. In Poltava there is a snow-white monument-colonnade called the Rotunda of Peoples Friendship or the White Gazebo. It was opened in 1909, built in memory of the Battle of Poltava in 1709. The columns look like a horseshoe shape. This is a kind of tribute to the legend, according to which a local resident shod Peter the Great’s horse, which decided the outcome of the battle.
The Khotyn Fortress, originally of the 10th century, stands on the bank of the Dniester. It was rebuilt several times till the 16th century. The fortress is interesting not only for its history, but also for a non-drying wet spot on one of the walls. According to one legend, during the siege of the fortress, a girl decided to collect water for the soldiers from the river. As the girl climbed on the wall, the enemies saw her and hit her with arrows, and as a result she splashed some of the water on the wall. According to another version, the prince’s daughter was bricked in the wall, as she did not want to marry the man she did not love. It is believed that this stain from her tears would not dry out until the poor prisoner is reunited with her lover.
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Reference information
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Ukraine
♥   Art museum 'Lviv National Art Gallery' Lviv. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Western and Oriental Art' Kiev. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art' Odessa. On the map   Photos
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Ukraine
♥   St. George Ukrainian Cathedral, Lviv (Львів). On the map   Photos
♥   Armenian Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, Lviv (Львів). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Kharkiv (Харків). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kharkiv (Харків). On the map   Photos
♥   Church of the Holy Trinity, Zhovkva (Жовква). On the map   Photos
♥   Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Potelych (Потелич). On the map   Photos
♥   Church of St. Nicholas, Kyiv (Київ). On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Ukraine
♥   Palace 'Alupka Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Bakhchisaray Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Kachanovka Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Klovsky Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Livadia Palace' . On the map   Photos
Extreme Guinness-type places in Ukraine

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is the oldest building in the city. The first building has appeared there in 1810. Unfortunately, in 1873 it was fully destroyed by the fire. The building that we see today belongs to the end of the 19th century. The theatre’s building is built a complex and rare neo-baroque style. The floor of the house and other rooms is decorated in the late French rococo style.

The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-designed hall allows performers to deliver even a whisper-low tone of voice from the stage to any part of the hall. If the actor whispers something on the stage, everybody will hear it. In 2007 Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater was renovated. The historical building saw a lot of important events. It is a real miracle that it wasn’t destroy during the … Read all

St Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
St. Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral that is situated in Ukraine was built in the 12th century. Its founder was Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych the grandson of Yaroslav the Wise. The marvellous cathedral and monastery named after Michael the Archangel was decided to build in honour of victory over Polovtzy. In 1113 the cathedral was consecrated. It has saved its original place at the edge of the cliff of Old Kiev mountain. As for cathedral itself, it has a lot of differences from the original one.

The first church had only one cupola, in the 17-18th centuries there became seven cupolas. Near the St. Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral has grown several buildings. The main interest was taken to the church’s façade, it is delightfully decorated with stuccos. The main secret of the cathedral is its … Read all
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