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Ukraine - welcome to feel the peculiarity of the Carpathian region

Maniavsky Scythian Monastery

  • Ivano-Frankivska County, Bogorodchansky District, Manyava Village

A monk named Jove Knyagunetski who came from the Greece’s Athon founded the Monastery in 1612. That’s why this place had been long called a Ukrainian Athon. But if you get to Manyava Scithian Monastery now, you’ll find it difficult to imagine that this place in the middle of a deep forest used to be an influential religious and cultural center of the whole region. The Monastery was closed in 1785 by the Austrian government. Famous Bogorodchansky iconostasis were first brought to Vienna and then to the National Museum in Lviv. The complex of the monastery is the monument of architecture. The towers, gates, wooden and stone cells, refectory and treasury were preserved. Additional the museum exhibits originals example of the church sculpture and painting.

Museum of Hutsulschina and Pokuttya Folk Art in Kolomyya

  • Ivano-Frankivska County, Kolomyya
  • 25 Teatralna St.

If you are interested in wooden art works as well as metal and leather, those of pottery, painting and iconography on glass, you should visit Kolomyya, for here is the biggest collection of such works in Ukraine dated as far back as the 16th century. The museum features rare archeological collections of Trypillyan culture (II-IV millennia B.C.) and numismatics.

”Pysanka” Museum

  • Ivano-Frankivska County, Kolomyya
  • 45 Chornovil Ave.

It is the only museum in the world, which was specially constructed for keeping and exhibiting the works of pysanka painting. Pysanka is a hen or goose egg painted using a special technology and covered with natural or aniline dyes. Pysanka is a work of miniature painting. Their ornaments have been preserved since pagan times. The construction of the museum is performed in the form of an egg made of a color glass which is called stained-glass pysanka. The museum possesses a collection of more than 6,000 exhibits and its staff discovered a way of preserving and restoring pysanka.

The National Reserve “Davniy Halych” (Ancient Halych)

  • Ivano-Frankivska County, Halych
  • 1 I. Franko St.

This reserve was once home to an entire urban agglomeration and it was here where the capital of Galicia-Volyn principality was located. Archaeologists consider the Great Halych the largest city in the world of that time. In the 11th-12th centuries it had a fortified territory of 8.5 km from the north to the south and 11 km from the west to the east. Reminiscent of the time are the monuments of architecture of the 12th-13th century. There is the Ancient Halych History and National Folk Architecture Museum.

Zakarpatsky National Folk Architecture Museum

  • Uzhgorod, 33A Kapitulna St.

When on the slopes of the castle hill, you advance into the world of an old Ukrainian village. They say that the idea for opening up this open-air museum was sprung first in Sweden about 120 years ago, but it wasn’t realized until 1965 when various wooden constructions were brought here from all over the county. You can pay a visit to Ukrainian, Romanian and Hungarian hosts, also the Highlanders, Hutsuls and Boykos. You should visit the church, drop into the inn, get acquainted with the structure of the smithy, watermill and apiary.

The Geographic Center of Europe

  • Zakarpatska County, the highway Uzhgorod-Rakhiv

In 1887, Austrian and Hungarian geographers set the location of the geographical center of Europe at the famous Congress of Vienna. It was the first scientific attempt to determine the focus of the European part of the continent. Now you can see this sign on the banks of the river Tysa.

The residence of Bukavyna metropolitans (1864—1882)

  • Chernivtsi, 2 Kotsyubynsky St.

If your trip to the Carpathians starts in Chernivtsi, don’t miss the architecture complex of ex-residence of Bukovyna metropolitans. You will easily recognize this masterpiece of the world architecture designed in the traditions of the Vienna Academy of Arts by the variety of styles combined in the complex. So it is no wonder that Chernivtsi is called “Little Vienna.” Hubert Hessner, Joseph Hlavka, Oscar Laske, Teophil Hansen, Gustav Fritch and a duet of Austrian architects Ferdinand Felner and Herman Helmer participated in the construction and decoration of the residence. In 1875 Chernivetsi University was opened here.