The Seven Wonders of Ukraine

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1 Crimea1Ukraine is the largest country in Europe and borders Russia to the east, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland to the west, Belarus to the northwest, Romania and Moldova to the southwest and Sea of Azov and the Black Sea to the south. The unique and beautiful country is well-known for its Seven Wonders. The Seven Wonders of Ukraine were chosen with a contest held in 2007.
The most popular tourist attraction on the list is Sofiyivsky Park, Uman city, Cherkasy Oblast. The arboretum lies in close proximity to the Kamianka River north of the city. The architect of the park illustrated parts of Homer’s poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Sofiyivsky Park is home to more than two-thousand types of trees and brush. The main entrance of the park with its entrance towers built in 1850 is located on Sadova Street.
One of the top tourist attractions in Ukraine and also second on the Seven Wonders list is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra in Kiev and is also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. The Monastery is considered a national historic preserve and is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kiev Pechersk Lavra in Kiev

Kiev Pechersk Lavra in Kiev

The Great Lavra Belltower is among the main tourist attractions and is one of the most notable features of the city skyline. The monastery houses one of the largest museums in Kiev featuring church hierarchy photographs and crucifixes and chalices from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
In the western part of the country in the region of Podolia and located in the historic city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, is the remarkable Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle. Seven of the castle’s towers dominate over the surrounding Smotrych River landscape. The castle is part of the National Environmental Park Podilski Tovtry and also listed as a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle is recognized as the most important landmark of the city.
Khortytsia is located on the largest island of the Dnieper River and is one of Ukraine’s best tourist attractions. The national cultural reserve is situated within the borders of Zaporizhia city. The reserve covers the Zaporizhian Cossack Museum offering dramatic views of the Hydroelectric Station. Zaporizhian Cossack Museum is home to exhibits dating from the Stone Age through the Scythian period to the twentieth century.
Chersonesus Taurica

Chersonesus Taurica

Chersonesus, an ancient Greek colony located on the shore of the Black Sea, was established by settlers from Heraclea Pontica in the sixth century BC and was founded about 2,500 years ago in the south-western part of Crimean Peninsula. The Basilica is the most important and famous basilica excavated in the area. The 1935 basilica appears on one of the Ukrainian banknotes. Archaeological sites and the museum have more than five-thousand items exhibited, including ancient ceramics, coins and medieval abacuses. Buildings include a Greek temple and a Roman amphitheatre.
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is a remarkable architectural design and one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The cathedral includes supporting structures such as the Brotherhood building, Southern entrance tower, Zaborovsky Gate, Monastic Inn, Cells, House of Metropolitan and the Bell Tower.
The Khotyn Fortress

The Khotyn Fortress

The Khotyn Fortress is the seventh wonder in Ukraine, located on the right bank of the Dniester River in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast of western Ukraine. There are several legends about the origin of the dark spot on the side of the wall of the fortress. One legend has it that the spot was the result of Oksana’s tears, a beautiful girl buried alive in the walls of the fort by the Turks. Another legend told about the fort is that the dark spot on the wall was created by the tears of the rebels against the Ottoman Turks that were killed inside the fortress.
The Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine
The seven natural wonders of Ukraine was the second stage of a national program. The following natural sites are the most unique and popular natural landmarks in Ukraine:
• Falz-Fein Biosphere Preserve – Askania-Nova, Kherson Oblast
• Granite-steppe lands of Buh – Mykolaiv Oblast: Visit this popular park in the north-west of Mykolaiv Oblast. The park lies between the southern part of Pervomaisk and Oleksandrivka.
• Dnister Canyon – Dnister: The River is the second largest in the country and the canyon nature is original, unique and particularly beautiful.
• Simferopol Speleology Museum (Marble Cave) – The Marble Cave is located in Crimea at the plateau of Chatyr-Dag. The Simferopol Speleology team discovered the cave in 1987. Simferopol Cave is formed by marble limestone and is a popular site equipped with concrete paths and lightning. Explore the Tiger Path and view hundreds of stalactites or experience the Fairy Tales gallery.
• Podillian Tovtry – Khmelnytskyi Oblast: The Park belongs to the National Ecological Network of Ukraine and is a recreational and scientifically researching institution of national significance.
• Shatsky National Nature Park – Shatsk, Volyn Oblast: The deepest and second largest lake in the country in the utmost north-western corner. The lake is part of Shatsky National Natural Park and a popular tourist attraction.
• National Nature Park Synevir – Mizhhiria Raion, Carpathian Mountains: The largest lake situated in the Carpathian Mountains and in close proximity of Synevyr Poliana.
Make a Wish in the Tunnel of Love
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine

It is believed that if a romantic couple makes a wish while holding hands inside the Tunnel of Love in Klevan, it will come true. Tunnel of Love is an amazing three kilometres railway section that leads to a fibreboard factory. In spring the beautiful avenue of trees is a popular spot for romantic to wander through. Strolling hand-in-hand many of those who are head over heels in love, come here to make a wish. Klevan is also home of the ruins of Klevan Castle and a bell tower dating back to 1630.
The Capital of Ukraine – Kiev
Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. People in the city are eager to help, but you may find services in shops and restaurants difficult if you do not have knowledge of Russian or Ukrainian. It may also be helpful to know that women are supposed to wear skirts and cover their heads before entering churches or caves. You can even use a shawl to wrap around you like a skirt.
Great tourist attractions worth visiting in Kiev include:
• Khreshchatyk Street: Experience live entertainment over weekends and many people wandering around.
• Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, 1 Krasnoznamennaya Street: The Museum houses villages with wooden mills, old huts and churches.
• St. Sophia’s Cathedral: The cathedral dates back to the eleventh century and house the world’s biggest ensemble of mosaics and frescoes.
• Kiev TV Tower: The tallest lattice tower in the world.
• St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery: The monastery dates back to the twelve century and features impressive gold domes.
• Mariyinsky Palace: The Mariyinsky Palace is about 140 years old and a popular and picturesque area where people like wandering around.
Kiev has a vibrant nightlife with great pubs, clubs and restaurants. Bar Fidel, Hrushevskoho 4B is worth visiting on a Friday night. Orech, vul Velyka Vasylkivska 126, offers a fantastic selection of Ukrainian beer. D-Lux is an upscale restaurant with an elegant Buddha Bar and a disco. Patipa is one of the most visited clubs in Kiev. Arena, Barsky, Grotesque and Sky Bar are popular among the locals and located at the Mandarin Plaza.
Visa Requirements for Ukraine
Documents required for a visitor’s visa to the Ukraine include a passport or travel document valid for at least 3 months after the expiration date of the requested visa and having at least one blank visa designated pages; a visa application form per travel document holder and one passport-sized photo, resembling applicant’s travel document photo.

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