|UKRAINE - Architecture|
Kiev. The Mariinskiy Palace
Kiev. The National Bank of Ukraine
Ukraine is a land of tourism, with the ancient history, outstanding culture, great distinctive folk traditions.
The most prominent historical and cultural monuments are located in the Crimea, Kiev, Lvov, Odessa, Chernigov, Kamianets-Podolski. A great number of archeological monuments is concentrated in the Southern Ukraine. For example, tourists are attracted by excavations of the antique city-states of the Northern Black Sea areas – Tira, Olvia, Khersonese, Panticapeus, archeological museums in the cities of Kiev, Odessa, Kertch.
The unique cultural and historical heritage represent the architectural monuments of the Kievan Rus period (IX – XII centuries) in Kiev, Chernigov, Kanev, Ovrutch, Vladymyr-Volynski, of defense architecture – fortresses in Lutsk, Medzhybozh, Kamianets-Podolski, Khotyn, Belhorod-Dnestrovsk, Uzhgorod, Mukachevo; palace complexes in the Crimea, Lvov and Chernigov Regions; religious and civic architecture in the Carpathians; monuments related to the heritage of Cossacks, national-liberation war of 1648-1654 and World War II; open air architectural and ethnographic museums in Kiev, Pereyaslav-Khmelnitskiy, Lvov, Uzhgorod, Chernovtsi, Halych; art galleries in Kiev, Lvov, Odessa, Kharkov, Feodosia, etc. During the visits to these museums tourists not only get familiar with the life, architecture and traditions of the Ukrainian people, but have a chance to watch folk song and dance ensembles.
Ukraine has long-standing traditions of handicraft, typical of all parts of the country: embroidery, wood ñarving, ceramics, carpets, hand bags, toys making, weaving, incrustation, pyrogravure, etc.