20 photos to show you the beauty of Ukraine

So it’s St. Valentine’s Day once again – aΒ  day when we’re officially encouraged toΒ  show some love. I don’t know whether it’s a coincidence, but today I feel like posting this collection of photos. The idea behind the images is to show you the beauty of Ukraine, and perhaps they’d light a flame of … well, not love, of course, but at least some interest and curiosity in your heart.

My homeland has been struggling politically and economically for as long as I remember, but it doesn’t cancel the fact that it’s an incredibly beautiful country. I tried to cover different aspects of its “personality when choosing these pictures, and if this collection can be considered a manifestation of my love to Ukraine, let it be.

  1. Kherson, my home town, wouldn’t have been half as lovely without its large shady parks. It’s especially obvious in autumn, when beautiful gold becomes a predominant color.

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2. The House with Chimeras in Kiev is one of the strangest yet most charming Art Nouveau buildings I’ve ever seen.

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3. I love the serenity of the serenity of Sofiivka dendrological park in Uman. The place was founded by a Polish count Stanislav Potosci and given to his Greek wife Sofia as a birthday gift. Speaking of showing some love, heh? πŸ™‚

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4. St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev. According to the legend, it’s built on the very slope where St. Andrew erected a cross and predicted the area around it to become a glorious city. Numerous churches were built and destroyed at this place over the centuries until this magnificent Baroque structure was constructed to a design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli – the same Italian architect who designed the Winter Palace in Saint-Petersburg.

5. Pirogovo open-air museum is the right place for a journey down history lane.

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6. Kiev is famous for the golden domes of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (the Monastery of the Caves).

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7. Back in 15th century Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle used to be an important fortification complex, and today it’s one of the most recognized attractions of the region. Isn’t it postcard-perfect?

8. Lviv is my “long distance love” – I’ve never been to this city, but I have a strange feeling that we would immediately click πŸ™‚

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9. Judging from its inhabitants, Lviv is charming indeed πŸ™‚

10. Charismatic and extraordinary Odessa is often called “a pearl near the sea”.

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11. The Carpathian mountains can be easily described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

12. Vast areas of pine forests never fail to take my breath away.

13. The south of Ukraine is blessed with breathtaking seascapes.

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14. The Khotyn Fortress is another evidence of the Ukraine’s eventful past.

15. Ukrainian traditional clothes vary from region to region, but the costume always includes vyshyvanka – a stylish embroidered shirt.

16. He he, I’ve been struggling to find an aesthetic picture of borsch – an iconic dish of the Ukrainian cuisine. A plateful of bright red liquid… Is my attempt successful enough? πŸ™‚ But forget the looks, I promise it’s really tasty!

17. Ukrainian like to grow their own food. Even city dwellers often spend their weekends and holidays on a plot of land in the nearby village, digging, planting, watering, harvesting… Not only it’s economically beneficial, but also incredibly satisfying – gardening and farming is in our blood πŸ™‚

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18. And of course, one can’t imagine Ukraine without endless fields of sunflowers…

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19. … or poppies….

20. … or wheat πŸ™‚

 

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21 thoughts on “20 photos to show you the beauty of Ukraine

    • No, I haven’t been to Belarus, but as far as I know it’s really beautiful, though its landscapes are not as diverse as Ukrainian – there are no mountains or seasides.

  1. It’s been my Childhood dream/ desire to marry a nice family oriented Russian Girl & settle down in a Slavic country viz. Russia/ Ukraine/ Belarus. My forefathers were Russian so the option of settling down in Ukraine after marriage is always open πŸ™‚

    • β€œIn this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” – Oscar Wilde πŸ™‚
      But seriously speaking, wishing you all the best in pursuing your dream.

  2. Russians, Ukrainians & Belarusians are one people and I would like to see Russia, Ukraine & Belarus unifying into a single Slavic country with its capital in Kiev.

  3. For some strange reasons I feel a very strong affinity for Russia & FSU countries ( Maybe because my ancestors were from Russia and Central Asia). Also I must confess that I am enamoured by the enchanting beauty of FSU women ! Post marriage I might relocate to my wife’s country and start my own horticulture venture there. Your country ( Ukraine) offers Ideal conditions for starting a Food & Agribusiness venture πŸ™‚

  4. What stunningly beautiful photographs of your country, it is very clear how much you love it in the pictures. It is on my list to visit one day and I must say after seeing your pictures and hearing about the places you love it has moved higher up my list now.

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