Feb 11

Olesko Castle

It is amazing how history is inscribed in the massive walls of structures and how monuments are thus given a voice. And this statement can easily be verified by taking a simple exemple and depicting the complex history behind it. And this is going to be our purpose in this piece of writing.

Olesko Castle is a monumental structure which dates back to the 13th century and which has accumulated in its ‘portfolio’ quite a number of noteworthy events.

First of all, it should be pointed out that in the 14th century the edifice was an important fortification of the ancient town Rus. But in almost two hundred years it had changed its scope dramatically, having evolved from a stronghold into a palace of the nobility.

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It was in the last years of the 15th century that its refurbishing was initiated and due to excellent craftsmenship it became a reflection of Italian Renaissance architecture. Thus began the era when the castle came under the rule of the aristocratic class.  It was in this precise castle that Jan III Sobieski (the king of Poland) was born and where he oftentime lived.

The location of the castle is easily explained if we are to take into account the fact that it was initially a fortification.  The construction stands tall on the top of a hill, guarding Olesko, the small town situated on the slopes beneath, and it has a cellar through which those in the castle could have escaped in case they were under siege.

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In the second half of the 20th century, a new restoration was initiated in order to enhance the condition of the structure and to properly refurbish it for its new purpose: that of housing a museum. And it has maintained this purpose until the present day. The exhibitions on display are impressive, consisting of hundreds of works of art such as paitings, old furniture, jewelry, statuettes, still-lives and different kinds of icons which date back as early as the 10th century. The historical accounts tourists can discover there remarkable.

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But the castle is not the only attraction. The edifice is surrounded by beautiful gardens which comprise wonderful sculptural designs. It is no wonder that many tourists are drawn to Oleska. They can admire works which are centuries old and which reflect the evolution of the fine arts in time.

Tourists can also venture into the cemetery which is relatively close-by where they will discover fascinating antique shrines. This being said, Oleska Castle is worth your attention if ever in the neighborhood.

Jan 31

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

When it comes to our historical past, there is a lot of information which fails to reach people over generations, especially since history, as it has been pointed out numerous times, is written by the winners. Even if it has always been underlined that history offers an objective look over the events which have changed the face of the world in time, it is worth mentioning once more that subjectivity is forever present in the history books, especially since we have only one side of the story presented to us.

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But nevertheless the accounts historians provide individuals with are of extreme value as they recall the past events which would have otherwise fallen into forgetfulness.

But since the purpose of this website is to allow readers to get as much information as possible about the tourist attractions available throughout Eastern Europe, we are going to do just that.

The subject matter of today’s article is the Museum of Great Patriotic War, or as it is officially known: ‘The National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 years.’

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Even without knowing too much historical facts, it is quite simple for everyone to determine that the Great Patriotic War is an obvious allusion to WWII and to the Nazi invasion. It is not the purpose of this piece of article to give insight into the conflagration itself, so we are going to focus our attention on the memorial complex which has been developed as a means to commemorate the heroic souls which have perished while protecting their country. The idea to create the Museum of the Great Patriotic War emerged almost immediately, but it was not put into effect as there were other matters more urgent for the government to attend to, such as developing strong plans of reconstructing the nation and building the economy from scraps.

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It was not until 1974 that the museum came into being and it was initially housed by the former Klovsky Palace. Even though it drew attention since its inauguration, in time it gained even more importance and it became a national icon. This is actually the largest museum located on the Ukrainian territory and even more, the most prominent one. The exhibits contain more than 300 displays and the museum constantly unveils new additions to the exhibitions, keeping the history alive.

The museum houses exhibits which portray the heroic acts of Ukrainian soldiers in battles carried in different parts of the world and what is more, it focuses on enriching the military history of the country by carrying research in the domain, by gathering scientific facts and by cataloguing the developments of the Ukrainian army.

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The impressive expositions have been gazed upon by almost 25 million tourists that have come from all over the world to admire the exhibits the museum has to offer.

The Motherland Monument is part of the National Museum of History and it is a highly recognizable monument throughout the world. This item is a statement for the battle carried and for the bravery with which the soldiers have defended their motherland. This being said, it is no wonder why the monument is named the way it is. In order to best capture the significance of the monument, the architects behind it have developed it at a large scale, in as much as one can spot the immense sculpture from either corner of the Ukrainian capital.

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http://resobscura.blogspot.ro/2011/04/worlds-tallest-statues.html

It is erected on a platform which measures 40 meters, reaching 102 meters in height and weighting more or less 500 tons. Standing tall with its sword high above her head, the statue seems to be a guardian of the Ukrainian nation, always being on the lookout for possible dangers and always prepared to take them head on.

The sculpture, as many other monuments which are part of the National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 years are unique – most of them due to the intelligently developed mechanisms behind them. The bottom line is that this specific museum preserves a considerable piece of the Ukrainian history and it is worth your time if you ever visit Kiev.

Oct 01

Sophievka Park

Today we are going to travel to Ukraine, and more precisely to the Uman region, near Kamianka River. Why has this particular location drew my attention? Because it is home to Sophievka Park, a real jewel in terms of gardening design. Just to make you understand just how impressive the landscaping architecture is, it is enough to say that the park attracts half a million visitors on an annual basis.

The park dates from the latter part of the 18th century, when a Polish nobleman by the name of Potocki has taken upon himself the task of rebuilding Uman and embelishing the city with a wonderful addition, a botanical garden of massive proportions.

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The first step in putting the project into motion was to import a great variety of rare plants from all over the continent. These were artistically arranged, but the park has become a complete work of art due to the multitude of fountains, ponds, waterfalls and artificial basins which were tastefully prinkled throughout the park. The botanical garden is renowned for its diversity which consists of more than 2.000 forms of plantlife, both local and exotic, but also for the additional decorative objects, such as sculptures, which convey a certain allure to the entire ensemble. If we add the stone garden, the gazebos, artifical cliffs and grottos than we would get a clearer understanding of the reason for which the Sophievka Park is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

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The original appearance of the park has been maintained to the present day so that tourists can indulge themselves with a walk in the park and admire exquisite exemples of European landscape garden design from the turn of the 18th century.

The park is divided in several parts, each named in accordance with the type of trees or bushes grown there. For instance, the area named Small Switzerland came into being in the last decade of the 19th century, when pine trees and cypresses were planted there.

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While many of the decorations are artificial, as it has been previously mentioned, there are also natural elements in the park, such as the Silver Sources Spring which has been adorned in the antique style.

Another notewarthy aspect about the park is that it presents fragments of Homer’s masterpieces, the Odyssey and the Iliad. So, the conclusion is that if you have the chance to visit the Sophievka Park, you should take it because you will have no regrets. Unique species of plants and trees as well as inimitable landscaping designs await you.

Oct 10

The Independence Square (Piata Independentei)

The Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, is the central square of the Ukrainian capital city, Kiev. The name of this square has changed throughout time due to specific events that took place here, events that influenced the nation to a certain extent. The present name attached to the square derives from the political action of 2004 which led to the freedom of Ukraine.

The importance of the Independence Square cannot be expressed in a few of words. The history of this specific location dates back a couple of centuries and in each of these long gone periods of time the square had played a significant role in the development of the Ukrainian nation.

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In the first decades of the 19th centuries, the first accommodation facilities were built in the area. These were preponderantly made out of wood, but the stone dwellings did not take long to appear (in the 1850s). Probably the most relevant public figure to have dwelt in the area was Taras Shevchenko, the prominent Ukrainian writer.

While the area was not among the most developed regions in the country, this changed dramatically in the middle of the 19th century when due to commercial progress the square became the center of the city. Kiev expanded greatly during the Russian Industrial Revolution, when it occupied the 3rd position among the most important cities in the Russian Empire.

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At the beginning of the 20th century (in 1919) the square became known as the Soviet Square, but this name was later transformed into Kalinin Square, after Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, the leader of the USSR.

The first reconstruction of the square occurred in the years subsequent to the Soviet War, when the area was completely rebuild from the ground up. The architectural design conveyed to the square was neo-classical Stalinist, the same architecture which was noticeable in the buildings located in vicinity of the square, buildings which were erected in the same timeframe.

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The second reconstruction occurred in 1976. This time, the square was damaged due to the project undertaken by the municipality to construct the metro, a project which affected everything situated above the area of construction. With this occasion, the square was renamed the October Revolution Square. The reconstruction process took place more or less around the time of the year when the October Revolution occurred so the decision to rename the square was obvious. With the occasion of commemorating the 60 years that had gone by since the October Revolution, a colossal cubist monument and a system of fountains were erected.

In 2001, the square was heavily used as the scene for major protests. In order to prevent such occurrences, the mayor of the city decided to begin another “reconstruction” work for the square. In fact the whole purpose of this plan was to fence the area so as to ban any demonstrators from entering the square.

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But the project did alter the appearance of the square. The elaborate system of fountains, as well as the general look of the Independence Square was changed. The modifications were not necessarily positive. When revealed, the project was not received with appreciation by the viewers. Many did not know how to react when presented with the new square.

But the importance of this specific location goes beyond its look. The square was in fact the center of the public political activity. In the latter decade of the 20th century, the square was used as the center place for various political demonstrations and hunger strikes, events which contributed extensively to the change of the political leaders that were in power. The prime minister at that time, Vitaliy Masol, turned in his resignation when faced with the public’s disdain.

These are but a few of the important events that center around the Independence Square. It is a place filled with history which plays a valuable role in the Ukrainian culture.

If you are in Kiev or you plan on spending your vacation here and you need  to find accommodation for one or several nights, there are different suggestions in terms of apartment rentals at the following link: http://www.accommodation.kiev.ua/pages/apartments.htm

Sep 26

The State Aviation Museum (Muzeul National de Aviatie)

Museums, as institutions, have been developed with a single purpose in mind, that of keeping alive the history of a state, in particular, and of the world, in general. But there are so many different branches worth exploring and so many items, evidence and documentation to be mapped according to the time and place these were discovered in that it is physically imposible for one edifice to comprise them all, not to mention that their diversity makes them a bit too complicated to organize. As a consequence, the institutions have been categorized according to their purpose.

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While the name museum is usually connected to history, archeology, art,  and the like, there is one sector which should not be overlooked. Aviation has played an important part in our evolution and the different models of aircrafts which exist at present or have existed in the past are exemples of the steps we have taken in our development from an engineering point of view.

Because of the high importance that this branch carries, it has been agreed upon that a museum should be dedicated to aviation, and thus the State Aviation Museum was born. The institution was opened for the public back in 2003 in Kiev and ever since, it has managed to attract an impressive number of visitors. It is no surprise that the Aviation Museum has become one of the most significant tourist attractions located in Kiev.

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And the reason for which this happened is obvious if we are to take into account that it is one of the most progressive museum, from a mechanical point of view, located in Ukraine. Not only are the items on display captivating, but these are also interactive.

The exhibitions are organized so as to represent specific timeframes in the history of aviation. While the aircrafts themselves are the main attractions in the museum, there are other items connected to this industry which have found their way into the exhibits. But the items are not arranged solely based on their appearance, but also on the category in which they fit. For example, there is a collection dedicated to the MiG Jet aircraft, while others comprise the aircrafts which have been used in specific warfares.

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There is one model of aircraft which plays an important role in the museum and which is the object of admiration for visitors. The Tu-22M, the missile carrier, represents the ‘jewel’ of the Ukrainian Air Force, and there is an entire section dedicated to this specific collection and to the variable models which have been developed under the same name.

Among the items on diplay one is presented with are helicopters, attack aircrafts, fighter planes and ship based aircrafts. In fact, the State Aviation Museum is the largest institutions of its kind to have on display replicas of the Soviet technological innovations.

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But the aircrafts are not there only to be gazed upon from the distance. The administration of the museum has developed interactive sessions in which visitors can actually go aboard and can even sit in the pilot’s chair and touch the control panel. It is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience as you no longer sit in the passanger’s seat, in the back, but you can actually see where the ‘action’ takes place. Not to mention that you will see firsthandedly the interior of battle planes and helicopters. Going on board of the planes that have fought in important battles in is not the same as actually participating in that specific war but it is the closest one will ever get to experience a time long gone.

The museum is open throughout the year, but there are some variation in the schedule according to the time of the year in which you visit it. Thus, from April until October, the Aviation Museum opens its doors from 10:00 until 19:00, while the remaining timeframe (from October until the end of February) the visiting hours are 10:00-16:00.

Sep 11

The National Opera of Ukraine (Teatrul de Opera)

Visiting another country is a great way to learn more about the cultural and historical development of that specific location. Tourists who go abroad are generally interested in visiting as many places as possible and this definitely includes cultural institutions where the traditions, principles and customs of a state are revealed.

The National Opera should definitely be included within your tour around Kiev if this is the destination of your vacation. The history behind the Opera in Kiev is complex and it is the edifice where the artistic life of Ukraine has been developed.

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The Opera House dates from the 19th century (1867) when the Kiev Opera Group was formed.  The opera came into being due to the efforts of Ferdinand Berger who had managed to bring to Ukraine several talented artists who were to perform at the Opera House. Thus, singers, musicians and conductors took the stage of the City Theatre, which used to house the National Opera at the time of its formation. This edifice dated from the mid-19th century and was constructed after the plans developed by the architect I. Shtrom. While the name attached to the institution was that of City Theatre, it was generally referred to as the Russian Opera.

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Initially, the performances organized were of Russian origin (e.g. Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka) and of European nature (e.g. The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart or Verdi’s opera pieces).

Near the turn of the century (1896), the edifice which housed the National Opera was consumed by flames. The fire burst from a candle which was left burning after the Eugene Onegin performance. Nothing was left behind except ash and smoke. Everything from musical partitions to costumes and stage props was destroyed. In the coming years after the fire, the Kiev Opera Group held its performances on various stages without actually having a place of its own.

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In was in the 20th century that the City Council decided to construct a new edifice which was to serve the purpose of housing the National Opera. A competition which exceeded the national boundaries was organized in order to find the architect to sketch the new edifice. The project came to architect Victor Schröter who had incorporated various architectural trends in the design of the Opera House. Thus, the façade of the building was created according to the Neo-Renaissance architectural design, whereas the interior bore a more classical look – this style was named Viennese Modern. While the entire edifice is beautifully adorned with elements pertaining to various architectural trends, the most notable element is the stage of the Opera House which was the largest stage located on the European continent and which was constructed while following the most modern standards in engineering.

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Throughout its existence, the Opera House has attracted a number of extremely talented performers. The institution began to flourish in the early years of the 20th century, with famous singers such as O. Petlyash, P. Tsecevich, K. Voronets, M. Medvedev coming to perform for the population of Kiev. But not solely Russian and Ukrainian singers and musicians came to the National Opera, but also Westerners.

After WWI, Kiev witnessed a massive growth and as a consequence the Opera became known throughout Soviet Union, but its fame grew even outside the USSR, being recognized throughout the world for the cultural value it bore.

During WWII, the Opera House was removed from Kiev only to return to the capital city in 1944.

Between 1983 and 1988, the edifice underwent a massive renovation work with the purpose of enlarging the Opera House so as to include many more rehearsal and dressing rooms. Other changes included widening the orchestra pit and broadening the stage. The new building exceeded the dimensions of the former by 20.000 square meters, its collosal size being the in accordance with the importance and value of the cultural institution.

Aug 30

Kamyanets-Podilsky (Orasul Kamyanets-Podilsky)

Whenever a majestic town, monument or item necessitates an accurate description, words seem to fail us. Because there are certain things that cannot be put into words, either because the striking beauty of that specific thing cannot find its way into our vocabulary, or because the way in which something presents itself before us instills a certain feeling, a certain emotion which cannot be expressed.

This is the situation one will find himself/herself in if ever visiting the town Kamyanets-Podilsky. The Ukrainian poet Lesya Ukrayinka had find the perfect simile to describe the ancient fortress that reigns over the city with the same name : “a stone flower on the rock,” thus alluding to the position the citadel occupies but also to the immense beauty of the edifice which seems to have sprung from the ground.

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The Kamyanets-Podilsky fortress had been constructed in the 12th century, but the original edifice was not preserved as such, but was enhanced in time, having eventually been trasformed into the impressive stronghold that appears before us today. Thus it can accurately be said that the keep evolved in the same way as society. Imediately as a new form of defence mechanism was developed, the fortress was equiped with it.

What is it that draws us near to Kamyanets-Podilsky? Could it be the mysterious feel of it, as if something hidden to the eye dwells beneath the shadows of the fortified walls of the citadel or does it have something to do with the sensation one gets, that of transcending the present, and traveling back in time and space? It is as if entering a different world and it is precisely this aspect that attracts tourists from all over the world. The medieval town is endowed with an ancient Roman bridge which has been constructed more than 200 years ago, a Gothic city hall, towers and various churches. There is one tower which might capture your attention, probably because you have never seen such a turret anywhere else in the world. This fortification is adorned with the sculptural representation of the Virgo, which is placed right at the top of the tower.

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With such decorative elements, it is no wonder that you feel transposed into the medieval times. In fact, Kamyanets-Podilsky is among the oldest cities in Ukraine. There are no actual historical accounts which accurately retrace the formation of the fortified city. This could only mean one thing: that there was room for interpretation, based on the scarce official information found in archieves.  For instance, there is one legend which says that 4 brothers had gone hunting and that, after spotting a deer, they had followed it until reaching the site of present-day Kamyanets-Podilsky.

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Legend has it that the four brothers were so mesmerized by the beauty of the landscape that they had decided to put the basis of a city in that exact location. The legend is connected to the historical past in the sense that the four characters mentioned were said to have been the nephews of the Grand Duke Olgerd of Lithuania. But if we were to analyze the accuracy of this story, we would soon discover that there are several discrepancies, and thus we can draw a line between fact and fiction. The Grand Duke was in fact a historical figure, but the archeological diggings concluded that the medieval town of Kamyanets was built much earlier, before the period in which the duke lived.

There are several other legends which circulate in respect to the foundation of the city, but none can be taken for granted entirely. It would be nice to know how did Kamyanets came into being, but maybe this lack of information is another aspect which contributes to the mystery that revolves around the town, maintaing the enigmatic, yet authentic feel it conveys.

Aug 06

The House with Chimeras (Casa cu himere)

The House with Chimeras is an edifice constructed in the Art Nouveau style in the historical neighborhood Lypky – which is located in Kiev. The area is filled with official edifices, such as the Presidential Administration Building, which is located right across the street from the House with Chimeras. Because of this, the region has been transformed into a pedestrian one, no cars being allowed to drive along and security guards patrol the street 24/7.

From 2005 onward the house has been used for official events such as ceremonies, diplomatic meetings, and the like.

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The house is truly an architectural wonder, the person behind the design, architect Vladislav Gorodetsky, had built the edifice for his own personal use at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the upkeep of such a monumental construction was a bit too much for Gorodetsky to handle so he found himself with no other alternative but to estrange the building. The House with Chimeras has changed several hands throughout the 20th century until it was transformed into a healthcare facility under the ruling of the Communist Party.

The restoration work conducted to the edifice did not change the original plan designed by Gorodetsky, the edifice which presents itself before us having maintained its appearance throughout the years.

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The first thing that intrigued me upon coming across this Ukrainian tourist attraction was the name it bears. But as I was to find out, the name is directly connected to the elements of decorations which were used in designing the building. The ornaments were a direct reflection of Gorodetsky in the sense that he was extremely keen on hunting and the sculptures used on the house illustrate various exotic animals and hunting scenes. The most frequent mistake is the assumption that the name is allusive of the mythological chimera, when in fact it simply alludes to a specific architectural technique in which animal representations are used to adorn an edifice – this being exactly what Emilio Sala, an Italian architect, had done in this case.

The construction work of the edifice was underway by 1902. Gorodetsky’s plan was to create an apartment building which had one apartment per floor. While his dream did came true, the owner did not manage to see it through as his dire financial situation obliged him to renounce the beautiful house.

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It is quite interesting how the municipality managed to restore the house. As it has been mentioned previously, a polyclinic was established inside the edifice and this institution functioned here until the end of the 20th century. There was no maintenance work conducted for more than a century and the results were beginning to show extensively. In fact, the edifice was close to split in half, not to mention that the ornamentation work was almost unrecognizable, that is how much the building had deteriorated.

But even so, the occupants of the polyclinic were unwilling to relocate.  The situation took quite a turn as the workers in charge of the restoration work covered the windows with panels and were on the verge of bolting the doors. It took an intervention from the president to evacuate the building completely.

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When the refurbishing was completed, the House of Chimeras regained its former beauty. Restoration work was also conducted in the courtyard where a small garden, a lake and several fountains embellished the setting – just as Gorodetsky intended it.

The architectural design of the monument comprises curved and loosely patterns in combination with floral motifs, representations of mythical beings and game animals.

The site chosen for the edifice was inclined and this posed some issues in the building process. However, the foundation was set properly so that the edifice was finally erected. In fact, if you regard the façade of the building, you get the impression that there House with Chimeras does not have more than 3 storeys. But getting around the building and seeing it from behind will reveal the actual structure of the edifice – which in fact consists of 6 floors.

The reason for which this edifice is listed among the most important tourist attractions in Kiev is obvious – because the House with Chimeras is an architectural jewel.

Jul 27

Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Manastirea Pesterilor din Kiev)

Kiev Pechersk Lavra, which also goes by the name of Monastery of the Caves, is a monastery located in Kiev, Ukraine, founded in 1051. The beauty and historical weight it carries has made it possible for the monastery to be included in UNESCO’s Program of World Heritages. More so, the building has gained immense popularity with its inclusion among the seven wonders of Ukraine, a title which was conveyed on the 21st of August, 2007.

Even though it is one of the main attractions of the city, the edifice is not used solely as a touristic site, but continues to hold regular sermons within its walls.

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The monastic complex is formed of a multitude of structure. On the one hand there are the belfries, cathedrals and fortified walls – elements specific to monasteries, and on the other hand, there are the underground caves, which make the site stand out from the rest of its kind.

One of the noteworthy monuments of the complex is the Great Lavra Bell Tower. This specific construction was the tallest of its kind when it was erected back in the 18th century (1731-1745). The architect in charge of the project, Johann Gottfried Schädel, designed the tower in the Classical architectural style, by means of layers. The finishing touch for the 96.5 m bell tower was a golden dome which is easily depicted on the Ukrainina skyline.

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The Church of Trinity replaced the ancient stone church which was still standing at the time when the plan for the new house of worship was put into action. The church suffered immense damaged in 1718 when it caught fire. The reconstruction work brought to light a mezmerising work of art. The façade, as well as the interior of the church, were covered in lavish adornments. The stucco work did not limit solely to the interior walls but included the exterior as well. The church was completed by means of a gilded cupola.

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The All Saints Church, built at the end of the 17th century (1676-1698), consists of artistically crafted decorations, being a beautiful example of the Ukranian Baroque architecture. The Church of the Savior, built in the 11th century by the order of Prince Volodymyr Monomakh, is situated in the northern part of the Monastery of the Caves. The architectural style used in the construction work is representative of the Classical period, having been conveyed by the architect  Andrei Melenskyi.

The Kiev Pechersk Lavra consists of a complex system of caverns. These include contracted corridors, chapels and even accomodation rooms, all designed in the underground.

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This system dates from 1051, when the monk Anthony had established into a cavern located in the nearby hills. In time, the cave expended to comprise several passages and even a church.

The caves were also used as burial places and at present one can run across the tombs of famous figures, such as members of the royal family, intelectuals, and saints.

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While still being an active monastery, the Kiev Pechersk Lavra also fulfils the role of museum. In fact, it is one of the principal museums located in Kiev, encompasing various collections which are representative for the upper and lower regions of Lavra. The items on display are portraits of the ordained  priests, photographs illustrating church representatives, books and objects made out of precious metals. The main exhibit includes goblets and crucifixes dating from the 16th century, up until de 20th century, and various exemples of needlework, artistically crafted.

Tourists who are interested in discovering the catacombs, will be pleased to hear that tours are organized with regularity to the undergorund where they can behold the mummies of Orthodox saints or their vestiges.

Jul 18

Odessa beach resorts (Sejur la plaja in Odessa)

Whoever said that the beach is the beach regardless of the state you find yourself in was badly mistaken. Even if we are considering the states that are opened to the same sea, the differences between them are noticeable. And we are not referring solely to the clarity of the water or the delicacy of the sand, but also to the accommodation and services you are bound to find while on vacation.

This article is dedicated to the beaches in Odessa and will analyze both the beach resorts available in the third largest Ukrainian city, but also the points of interest located throughout the city, which might attract the tourists who want to gain some insight into the cultural and historical aspects al Ukraine.

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First and foremost, it is worth mentioning that Odessa is one of the largest ports found in the southern part of the state. Dedicated mostly to industrial activities, Odessa has a powerful economy which is stirred by the labor of about 1 million inhabitants. But aside from its economic tendencies, the city is also renowned as a resort, where tourists from different part of the world come to experience, even if for a short period of time, the way of life that Odessa has to offer.

Besides the Sunny Beaches which indulge both locals and foreigners with a warm sea and a relaxing atmosphere, Odessa is also a tourist magnet due to the historical sites located here. Upon entering the city, it is impossible not to notice the wide streets and the imposing buildings with their beautiful architectural design. It is a clear example of civilization at its very best, emphasizing the affluence of the city.

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The high season is quite long, lasting from May until October, and you do not have to worry that the weather might spoil the perfect vacation you have planned. On the contrary, the possibility of seeing a cloud on the sky is quite remote, the sunlight being always by your side. It is no wonder that the city bears the name of “Pearl of the Black Sea.”

When it comes to accommodation, you should rest assured that there are numerous hotels spread along the coastline. Even if you do not call in advance in order to make a reservation, chances are that you will find a vacant room.

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But because you want to be certain that nothing can harm your vacation, you should book a room beforehand. From a monetary point of view, it is advisable to look into private apartments, especially if you come as a group. This is practiced a lot in Odessa so you will have no problem in finding a real estate agent to show you flats located at the seaside.
The temperate climate is usually characterized by sunny days, but the air does not become irrespirable due to the sea breeze which makes the heat bearable, and quite pleasant. So it seems that nothing can stop tourist from coming to a place which offers them a resort area which extends over 20 km and consists of warm sea and well-maintained beaches.

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One of the most popular beaches along the coastline is Arcadia Beach where the majority of the night clubs are located – this being the reason for which many young people choose this specific area. Arcadia consist of numerous bars, clubs, restaurants, spas and hotels so it is no wonder that it has become known as the epicenter of summer nightlife.

The hotels are located in close proximity of the sandy beaches and have numerous services to offer, depending on the guests’ needs and wants, as well as on their financial possibilities. But regardless of the type of room you choose, be it in a 5 star or a 3 star hotel, the services provided will be impeccable.

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In terms of other tourist attractions, you can visit the Opera and Ballet House, which has one of the most impressive architectural designs in all of Ukraine and has come to be known as one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. The monument combines elemens of the Italian Baroque architecture with those of the Renaissance. Statues representing allegorical scenes adorn the façade of the building together with the busts of famous writers and poets.

The Archeological Museum, which took form in the 19th century (1825), has more than 160.000 items on display, among which one can find remnants of Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, items belonging to the primitive and classical culture, as well as a numismatics collection.

So if you are looking to spend some quality time in a beach resort, Odessa is the answer for you.