Popular Destinations in the Ukraine
The Ukraine often doesn't get all the publicity it deserves. Many
people just think of it as one of those satellite states of the former
Soviet Union before the collapse. But its history is much richer than
Did you know that during the eleventh
century, Kyiv found itself the largest city in all of Europe? It
featured more than four hundred places of worship, and was populated by
fifty thousand citizens. At the same time, London's population was
twenty thousand. So what destinations will awe you?
Kyiv - Formally Known as Kiev
Kyiv is the capital of the Ukraine which makes it a likely spot
to begin your vacation. It was occupied by Kievan Rus regime during the
eleventh and twelfth centuries. Kyiv was a focus of trade between the
Mediterranean and the Baltic. It wasn't to last.
Kyiv, and with it Kievan Rus' power, were decimated in 1240 by
the Mongol hordes and the Kievan Rus lands were eventually carved up
into the principalities of Muscovy, Galicia, Russia, Volynia, Poland,
Odessa, the Pearl of the Black Sea
Odessa is the third largest city in all of the Ukraine and
renowned to resort-goers for its warm sea water and pastel buildings.
Odessa is actually a planned city. F. Devollan designed the city late
in the 18th century. Then his plan was executed by numerous architects
in the years that followed.
Money was funneled into Odessa by mansion-building merchants,
who were drawn to the area by the lucrative grain trade. During the
Soviet communist domination, the port served as a naval base. Today it
continues in that role, but serves the Ukrainian navy.
It is widely enjoyed for seaside vacations, and visits to the
Tolstoy Palace and the Odessa Numismatics Museum. This incredible
museum traces history via coins and other relics.
Kamyanets-Podilsky, One of the Oldest Cities in the Ukraine
Kamyanets-Podilsky is a one-of-a kind city; it's a rocky island
jutting out of a tight loop in the Smotrich River in a canyon. Until
recently, the age of the city was just a matter of speculation. But it
has now been established that it was built by the Dacians during the
Roman-Dacian wars. This puts its establishment as early as the eleventh
Over the years, various invaders occupied the city because its
location and construction made it an easy to defend natural stronghold.
Some of these were Lithuanian feudal lords, Poles, and Turks.
Rather than multiple attractions that other destinations boast
of, the entire fortress is the attraction. Take time to explore it.
The Carpathian Mountains: the Green Pearl of Ukraine
The Ukrainian Carpathians feature lovely, gentle peaks that
climb as high as Mt. Hoverla's awesome 6760 feet. The inspiring view
offers a combination of green forests and rugged stone.
The mountain's largest resorts can be found in Dragobrat,
Slavsko, Tysovets, and Bukovel. At any one of them you can enjoy being
pampered in the evening while enjoying outdoor activities during the
The Carpathian Mountains are the vacation spot for the outdoor
activity type of tourist. Whether you prefer cycling, hiking, mountain
climbing, rafting, or horseback riding, this is the place for you.
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