Manyavsky Holy Cross Exaltation Monastery

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Manyavsky Holy Cross Exaltation Monastery, Ukraine, photo 1

Maniavskyi Skyt (1611-1621) is an Orthodox monastery located in the village of Manyava, about 50 km south-west of Ivano-Frankivsk, an important center of spirituality, culture and art of Ukraine.

During its heyday, the monastery numbered about 200 monks and dozens of subordinate monasteries in Galicia, Bukovina and Moldova. It was one of the centers of cultural life in Galicia. Maniavskyi Skyt on Google Maps. Photos by: Vitaliy Ilnytsky.

The bridge over the Manyavka River on the way to the monastery.

In 1785, the monastery was closed by the Austrian government as part of the religious
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Kyiv in 1985 – the Capital of Soviet Ukraine

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Let’s walk through the main streets of Kyiv and see how they looked in 1985. After the Second World War, Kyiv became the third largest city in the Soviet Union after Moscow and Leningrad, the capital of the second largest Soviet republic.

The photos were taken one year before the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which caused a significant deterioration in the environmental situation in the city, and 6 years before Kyiv became the capital of an independent Ukraine. Source

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Church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Shyshkivtsi

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Holy Archangel Michael Church, Shyshkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

Shyshkivtsi is a small village with a population of about 300 people located in the east of the Lviv region.

The main and only architectural attraction of the village is the wooden Church of the Holy Archangel Michael built in 1904 from the materials of the church of 1784. Shyshkivtsi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Holy Archangel Michael Church, Shyshkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 3

Holy Archangel Michael Church, Shyshkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 4

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Church of the Ascension (Strukivska) in Yasinya

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Ascension (Strukivska) Church in Yasinya, Ukraine, photo 1

Among the attractions of Transcarpathia, the architecture of the Hutsuls, one of the indigenous peoples of the Carpathians, occupies a special place with its unique and beautiful wooden churches.

Church of the Ascension (Strukivska) in the urban village of Yasinya located in the east of the Zakarpattia region is one of these old and amazing churches. Yasinya on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The path to the church goes across a picturesque hinged bridge.

Ascension (Strukivska) Church in Yasinya, Ukraine, photo 3

This church is the
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Church of St. George in Litovyshche

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St. George Church in Litovyshche, Ukraine, photo 1

Litovyshche is a small village with a population of about 400 people located in the Brody district of the Lviv region, about 105 km east of Lviv. The main attraction of the village is its old wooden church – Church of St. George (1784).

Located near the center of the village, north of the new stone church, it is surrounded by a cemetery. The church was built of pine boards on a stone foundation. Litovyshche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

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Attractions of the Northern Prychornomoria

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The Northern Prychornomoria, literally meaning “territory along the Black Sea coast”, is a historical and geographical region located in southern Ukraine.

This is a steppe and forest-steppe zone enveloping the Black and Azov Seas in the north, from the Black Sea coast of Romania to the western part of the North Caucasus. The largest ports of Ukraine, the mouths of the main Ukrainian rivers, the remains of ancient Greek settlements are located here.

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Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Urman

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Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Urman, Ukraine, photo 1

Urman is a village with a population of about 600 people located in the Berezhany district of the Ternopil region, 65 km west of Ternopil.

The main attraction of the village is the wooden Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul built in 1668, a monument of architecture of national importance. Urman on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Initially, the church was located in a different place. In 1777, the disassembled building was bought in one of the villages of the present Ivano-Frankivsk region, transported to Urman and placed
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Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin in Lukavets

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Holy Virgin Church in Lukavets, Ukraine, photo 1

Lukavets is a small village with a population of about 200 people located in the Brody district of the Lviv region, about 95 km east of Lviv.

The main attraction of the village is the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, a monument of architecture of national importance. This wooden church, built in 1740, was restored in 1879. In 1979, its walls were covered with tin. Lukavets on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

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Ukrainian Crafts: Petrykivka Painting

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While initially the subject matter for paintings included flowers, foliage and fruit, artists later started to add butterflies and birds, with roosters being among the most popular. In addition to being pleasing to the eye, Petrykivka is rich in symbolism and meaning. The rooster, for example, symbolizes fire and spiritual awakening, while birds in general denote happiness and harmony. Having these painted elements in the home is believed to protect the household from evil and sorrow.

A Petrykivka artist needs a steady hand and an eye for detail as all
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Tips For Handling Money While Traveling

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Ukrainian money - Hryvnia

No matter where you might go in the world, it’s important to handle your money properly while traveling. Packing bags, staying in strange places, dealing with exchange rates, and more can leave you with your money scattered and unorganized, and in the worst case scenario you may misplace some of it, or not be able to access it when you need it.

For these reasons it’s always a good idea for even seasoned travelers to get some fresh advice about how to handle finances during a trip.

We have a few general tips that may be of service.

Photo by: Jacqueline
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