A country of rich history, Ukraine carefully keeps and preserves its cultural heritage, and never ceases to attract travelers with its diversity and numerous fascinating landmarks. Nearly every city of Ukraine is interesting and original. Naturally, the majority of places of interest are located in Kiev. The Golden Gate is considered the symbol of the city. Many centuries ago this was the main entrance to Kiev. The gate is decorated with copper and gilding, so the arc looks truly elegant. In the 18th century new buildings were constructed around the gate. The gate lost its original meaning and was, consequently, destroyed. Nowadays the landmark was reconstructed, and the ruins of the original gate can be seen behind the new one.
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Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one more irreplaceable symbol of Kiev. This is a large complex of religious buildings, the history of which starts in 1051. This is the year when monks started transforming caves into monasteries and temples. It took as long as nine centuries to turn an empty space on the right bank of the Dnepr River into a beautiful complex of magnificent churches and monasteries. Kiev Pechersk Lavra suffered great damage during the years of World War II, for example, the reconstruction of the Uspensky Cathedral was finished only in 2000. Nowadays, this magnificent complex has not only religious but also great cultural importance as many of its buildings are true architectural landmarks.
Ukraine is famous for its beautiful parks and nature reserves. Yevpatoria is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the country. It is famous for its wonderful pedestrian zones, parks and walkways. The only dinopark in the country was also opened in Yevpatoria not long ago. As one can guess from the name, the main exhibition of dinopark is dedicated to dinosaurs. During an excursion there, visitors will learn many interesting facts about first inhabitants of the planet and see many precious archaeological findings. There are also several attractions, restaurants and playgrounds on the territory of the complex. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Stryjski Park, which is located in Lviv, is one of the most famous nature landmarks in the country. The park was founded in 1877 and occupies the area of approximately 60 hectares. It is included in the top 10 list of the most beautiful parks in Europe. In Stryjski Park visitors will see numerous rare trees and bushes, blooming flower beds and cozy summer houses. There is a wonderful lake not far away from the entrance, where one can see beautiful swans during warmer months of the year. The design of the park is changed throughout the year, so it looks new every time you visit it.
History and Entertainment
Besides multiple excursions, the guests of Ukraine can take part in many other interesting entertainments. The Ukrainian Carpathians are a place where popular ski resorts are located. The most famous of them are Dragobrat, Bukovel and Yaremche. Despite the fact that the weather here is mild in winter, the resort season lasts for about 5 months. At the resorts, there are ski routes of different levels. Absolutely all resorts are suitable for families with children. Special playgrounds are equipped for younger guests. At the resorts, there are also slopes for sledding and places for other winter entertainments.
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In summer period, the resorts located in the mountains are very interesting too. There are perfect conditions for active holidays. Tourists have an opportunity to take part in hiking and bike rides. There are also excellent riding centers at the resorts. Ukraine is famous for its wellness resorts. Some treatment centers and pensions have been working for many years.
The country is notable for its healing mineral springs and firth lakes where healing mud and brine are produced. Here, adherents of the health tourism are offered to try unique therapeutic methods based on the use of natural components. For the health tourism, you can choose Berdyansk or Polyana. Excellent historical treatment centers are located in Odessa and Truskavets.
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The pride of Ukraine is national food traditions. The Ukrainian cuisine is very practical and nourishing. Some of the most popular national dishes are Ukrainian beet-root soup and pork fat that has long become an important food symbol of the country. Pork fat is cooked in many ways. The classic dish is salty, smoked and marinated fat.
Dumplings are also a popular national dish. They are served with dozens of different fillings. Gourmets should certainly walk along food stores in big cities where you can buy amazing fillings prepared by historical recipes. They are cooked of fruit and berries. Fillings with different medicinal herbs are very popular with tourists. Another national beverage is mead that is also one of the most popular souvenirs.