Ukraine is the hidden jewel of Europe; as the second-largest country of the European Continent; Ukraine offers visitors a wide variety of amazing places of interest, ancient history, beautiful landscapes, varied climates, tasty traditional food, and many other enjoyable attractions.
Ukraine lies at the northwest end of the Black Sea and borders with seven countries (Russia to the east, Belarus to the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the south west and south).
Historically, most of the country was part of the Russian Empire since the 1650s until the World War II when was occupied by the Soviet Union until its break-up in 1991 when Ukraine finally regained its independence.
The spectacular nature of Ukraine is still untouched by the modern world. The Carpathian Mountains, the Crimean Peninsula, the Dnepr River, the Black Sea, and the Sea of Azov help to create the unique landscape of the country. The climate in Ukraine is quite pleasant; it is relatively temperate continental (quite cold in the winter and warm in the summer) excepting Crimea where it is Mediterranean-like.
What to see
Ukraine is a country with strong historical and religious traditions it is reflected in its impressive architecture that boasts imposing Orthodox and Catholic Cathedrals, unique Jewish sites, and ancient monasteries and fortresses, besides its unique music, and exceptional artwork. Ukraine is an important cultural centre with its exceptional artwork; and ballet and opera theatres renowned throughout the world. Ukraine is also the birthplace of the distinguished writer Nikolai Gogol.
The capital city of Ukraine is Kyiv; referred also as Kiev; this beautiful city is the origin of the Kievan Rus' and the birthplace of the Russian Empire. Kyiv is also enriched with two world-renowned landmarks: the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (or Cave Monastery).
The city of Lviv (or Lvov) is one of the Europe's oldest cities; their charming Old Town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The beach resort city of Odesa (or Odessa), known as the 'Pearl of the Black Sea', is famous for the Potemkin Stairs, the Odesa catacombs, and the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Yalta is since the Russian Empire times a popular summer destination because of its many beaches and resorts; the city houses extraordinary buildings like the Voronstov Palace and Livadia Palace which was the site of the Yalta conference; near Yalta is situated the Nikitsky Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.
Other fantastic cities
Other attractive Ukrainian cities are Kharkiv (or Kharkov), Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk (or Dnepropetrovsk), Luhansk (or Lugansk), Sevastopol, Uzhhorod, among many others.
A couple of important tips, Ukrainian is the official language though Russian is widely spoken especially in Crimea and Ukraine is sometimes referred as “The Ukraine”, an incorrect expression, since its independence the country must called simply “Ukraine.”
But, besides the immense range of tourist attractions of Ukraine, the greatest attraction of Ukraine is its people who are friendly, hospitable, and kind-hearted. Ukraine is just waiting to be discovered.
It is truly one of the most beautiful cities of the world. There are some of the most beautiful old buildings and churches of the world.
It has a number of theatres, art galleries and museums being the most notable the National Museum and Gallery of Lviv and Pharmacy Museum..
A favourite destination in Ukraine, her warm waters, recreation complexes, sunlit beaches, cultural traditions and fine architecture.
A land blessed with many types of attractions including their lush green landscape, historical monuments, mild climate, and rugged beaches.
Sevastopol is an important and historical port, seaside resort, and fortress on the Black Sea coast of the Crimea Peninsula.
There are a lot of different attractions to visit such as the Chernobyl Memorial, St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral, Heroes Square.
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