Situated on the Dnipro River, Kiev (also Kyiv) is the capital city of Ukraine. After a rough and turbulent history, the town has become an interesting array of old and new buildings. More and more of the culture is being influenced by the characteristics of both Western and European customs, yet the Ukrainians who live here still cling proudly to tradition.
The modern city of Kiev is home to roughly three million people. Some of these people are foreign diplomats while others are students from other parts of the world. Thus, Kiev has a somewhat cosmopolitan feel. While many of its greater architectural and art treasures were destroyed in the Second World War, that which was left has been restored and now proudly adorns the face of this picturesque city. For a while there were understandable concerns about the safety of living in such close proximity to the destroyed nuclear reactor plant, but most scientists agree that the city is safe from the effects of radiation.
There is really so much to see and do in Kiev, you will be kept busy for days. Known as the ‘Green City’ for its many botanical gardens, parks and beautiful trees, the city is a wonder to behold in summer and spring. The nearby river provides hours of leisure activity in the form of swimming and boat rides, while many enjoy leisurely strolls and cycling trails along its banks. In the winter the lake freezes over to make way to ice fishermen and ice-skaters. The many theaters and opera houses provide indoor entertainment, and craft markets selling an abundance of traditional Ukrainian goods can be found in various city squares. There are art galleries, beautiful old buildings and even catacombs to see.Kiev is a charming and majestic city that should not be missed.
Modern Kiev is a mix of the old (Kiev preserved about 70 percent of more than 1,000 buildings built during 1907–1914) and the new, seen in everything from the architecture to the stores and to the people themselves. When the capital of the Ukrainian SSR was moved from Kharkiv to Kiev many new buildings were commissioned to give the city “the gloss and polish of a capital”. In the discussions centered on how to create a showcase city center the current city center of Khreshchatyk and Maidan Nezalezhnosti(Independence Square) were not the obvious choices. Some of the early, ultimately not materialised, ideas included a part of Pechersk, Lypky, European Square and Mykhailivska Square. The plans of building massive monuments (of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin) were also abandoned; due to lack of money (in the 1930s–1950s) and because of Kiev’s hilly landscape.  Experiencing rapid population growth between the 1970s and the mid-1990s, the city has continued its consistent growth after the turn of the millennium. As a result, Kiev’s central districts provide a dotted contrast of new, modern buildings among the pale yellows, blues and greys of older apartments. Urban sprawl has gradually reduced, while population densities of suburbs has increased. The most expensive properties are located in the Pechersk, and Khreshchatyk areas. It is also prestigious to own a property in newly constructed buildings in the KharkivskyiRaion or Obolon along the Dnieper.
A public concert held on MaidanNezalezhnosti during Kiev’s 2005 Eurovision Song Contest
Ukrainian independence at the turn of the millennium has heralded other changes. Western-style residential complexes, modern nightclubs, classy restaurants and prestigious hotels opened in the centre. And most importantly, with the easing of the visa rules in 2005, Ukraine is positioning itself as a prime tourist attraction, with Kiev, among the other large cities, looking to profit from new opportunities. The centre of Kiev has been cleaned up and buildings have been restored and redecorated, especially Khreshchatyk and MaidanNezalezhnosti. Many historic areas of Kiev, such as Andriyivskyy Descent, have become popular street vendor locations, where one can find traditional Ukrainian art, religious items, books, game sets (most commonly chess) as well as jewellery for sale.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 Kiev was the only Commonwealth of Independent States city to have been inscribed into the TOP30 European Green City Index (placed 30th).
Kiev’s most famous historical architecture complexes are the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kiev PecherskLavra (Monastery of the Caves), which are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Noteworthy historical architectural landmarks also include the Mariyinsky Palace (designed and constructed from 1745 to 1752, then reconstructed in 1870), several Orthodox churches such as St. Michael’s Cathedral, St. Andrew’s, St. Vladimir’s, the reconstructed Golden Gate and others.
One of Kiev’s widely recognized modern landmarks is the highly visible giant Mother Motherland statue made of titanium standing at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War on the Right bank of the Dnieper River. Other notable sites is the cylindrical Salut hotel, located across from Glory Square and the eternal flame at the World War Two memorial Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the House with Chimaeras.
Among Kiev’s best-known monuments are Mikhail Mikeshin’s statue of BohdanKhmelnytsky astride his horse located near St. Sophia Cathedral, the venerated Vladimir the Great (St. Vladimir), the baptizer of Rus’, overlooking the river above Podil, the monument to Kyi, Schek and Khoryv and Lybid, the legendary founders of the city located at the Dnieper embankment. On Independence Square in the city centre, two monuments elevate two of the city protectors; the historic protector of Kiev Michael Archangel atop a reconstruction of one of the old city’s gates and a modern invention, the goddess-protector Berehynia atop a tall column.
Kiev has a humid continental climate.The warmest months are June, July, and August, with mean temperatures of 13.8 to 24.8 °C (56.8 to 76.6 °F). The coldest are December, January, and February, with mean temperatures of −4.6 to −1.1 °C (23.7 to 30.0 °F). The highest ever temperature recorded in the city was 39.4 °C (102.9 °F) on 31 July 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was −32.2 °C (−26.0 °F) on 7 & 9 February 1929. Snow cover usually lies from mid-November to the end of March, with the frost-free period lasting 180 days on average, but surpassing 200 days in recent years.
Since introducing a visa-free regime for EU-member states and Switzerland in 2017, Ukraine has seen a steady increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country. Prior to the 2017–2018recession the average annual growth in the number of foreign visits in Kiev was 23% over a three-year period. In 2017-2018 a total of 2.4 million tourists stayed in Kiev hotels of which almost 259,000 (ca. 16%) were foreigners.
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The second largest city in the Ukraine, Karkiv (also known as Kharkov) is situated in the northeast of the country and serves as one of the main industrial, cultural and educational centers in the country. The country’s industry and research has been focused on arms production and machinery for many years. Today the city is home to such mega-companies as the Morozov Design Bureau, the Malyshev Tank Factory, Hartron and Turboatom. These companies specialize in fields such as tank and turbine production, and aerospace and nuclear electronic research.
Kharkiv was founded during the 17th century and has had a university since 1805. From 1917 to 1934 it served as capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Perhaps Karkiv’s most notable increase was during the Holodomor famine of the 1930s which saw many people arriving at the cities in search of food. It was a sad time and many lost their lives and were secretly buried by surviving relatives. It went on to suffer further tragedy when, during World War II, it was not only the site of several battles but was captured by Nazi Germany. The Nazis and the Red Army continually struggled for control over the city until August 1943 when it was liberated. During this period of struggle many tens of thousands lost their lives and the city suffered extensive damage.
Today Kharkiv has many attractions to be enjoyed by tourists. Kharkov’s Freedom Square is the largest city square in Europe and is second in the world only to the Tiananmen Square. It is a great place to start your sightseeing. After that you may wish to visit the Gosprom, the Mirror Stream, the Militia Museum, the Memorial Complex, the Shevchenko Monument and the Shevchenko Gardens. The Uspensky Cathedral and the Pokriv Cathedral are quite dramatic and look great in photographs. If you manage to fit that all into your trip, the Cable Road is another interesting place to stop. Make Kharkiv one of your stops while visiting the Ukraine and take the opportunity to learn more about the country’s turbulent history.
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Founded in 1256, Lviv, or Lvov, has long been an important center of commerce in Ukraine. The city is responsible for the manufacture of electronic equipment, cars, agricultural machinery, chemicals, processed food and textiles. It has under a million inhabitants and a number of people commute from the surroundings suburbs daily. The winter is fairly cold and the summers are mild. The city sees a lot of cloud coverage.
Lviv is also one of the Ukraine’s leading cultural centers. The first high school in the city was founded by King Jan Kazimierz in 1661 and today the city is the proud home of the Lviv State University. It also boasts a number of theatres and museums. It also happens to be the seat of the Roman Catholic Ukrainian Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox archbishops. Two of its churches date back as early as the 14th century.
When touring Lviv, one might consider visiting the historical city center. The center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is fascinating to see. It includes the PloschaRynok Market Square with its Black House, the Armenian Cathedral, the Greek Cathedral, the Latin Cathedral, the Dominican Abey and the Boim Chapel. Or you can walk to the top of the VysokyZamok hill which overlooks the historical center. This is where the Union of Lublin mound is situated. For entertainment, the Philharmonic orchestra and the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre are a real cultural treat. On a more macabre note, the Lychakivskiy Cemetery is one of the biggest and more scenic in the region.
Lviv is an inviting and interesting place to visit. The cultural scene is constantly changing while history abounds and relics of the past remind us of what once transpired many hundreds of years ago.
Lviv In Pictures
Kirovohrad (Also Kropyvnytskyi) is a city located in the center of Ukraine, the administrative center of the Kirovograd region, an industrial and cultural center.
The population of Kropyvnytskyi is about 232,000, the area – 103 sq. km.
In the 16th – the first half of the 18th centuries, the Cossacks of the ZaporozhyeSich lived on the territory of the present Kropyvnytskyi. In 1754, the fortress of St. Elizabeth was founded by the decree of the Russian Empress ElizavetaPetrovna – to protect the newly founded Serb colonies from the raids of the Crimean Tatars. In 1754, the garrison of the fortress located on the right bank of the Ingul River was about 3,000 people.
At the same time, a settlement located on the opposite bank of the Ingul began to develop actively. It was named Elisavet after the name of the fortress. In 1764, the fortress became the center of the Elisavet province.
Since the day of foundation, the town was developing in parallel with the construction and development of the fortress because of its favorable geographical location – at the intersection of important roads from the Black Sea coast deep into the Russian Empire. Before foundation of Odessa, Kherson, and Mykolaiv, it was the only relatively large settlement in the south of Ukraine.
During the Russian-Turkish War of 1768-1774, the fortress played a prominent role in the struggle of the Russian Empire for access to the Black Sea being a reserve base of Russian troops. In 1775, the weapons and military contingent were almost completely transferred to Kherson. In the same year, in connection with the provincial reform, the fortress and its surrounding settlements received the status of a town under the name of Elisavetgrad.
In 1782, the town’s population was 4,720 people. In 1784, after the annexation of the Crimean Khanate to the Russian Empire, the fortress of Elisavetgrad lost its military-strategic importance and was abolished. Further development of the town was based on rapid development of the agrarian and trade spheres.
Elisavetgrad was actively rebuilt and, in 1882, became the “cradle of Ukrainian drama” – the first Ukrainian professional theater was opened in the town with such outstanding Ukrainian cultural figures as Marko Kropyvnytskyi, Ivan Karpenko-Kary, Maria Zankovetska, Nikolai Sadovsky, etc. In 1897, the population of Elisavetgrad was about 61.5 thousand people (Jews – 38%, Russians – 35%, Ukrainians – 24%).
In 1923, the town became a district center of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1924, it received a new name – Zinovievsk, in 1934 – Kirovo (in honor of S.M. Kirov, the party and state leader of the USSR murdered on December 1, 1934), in 1939 – Kirovograd and became the center of the Kirovograd region.
In August 1941, during the Second World War, the city was occupied by the Germans. Almost all the Jewish population was destroyed. In January 1944, the city was liberated by the Red Army. In 1951, the Kirovograd Military Aviation School for long-range aviation pilots was established. In the 1960s, it was renamed into the Higher Aviation School of Air Force Pilots. In 1959, the Kirovograd Musical College was established.
In the early 1990s, the local industry was in crisis. After 1991, the issue of renaming Kirovograd became more acute – the local intelligentsia and representatives of the general public often addressed such proposals and petitions to city officials.
In the 2000s, a program of city development was implemented in Kirovohrad, roads were repaired, museums and the territory of the former fortress of St. Elizabeth were reconstructed. The economic and commercial sector of the city began to develop again.
In 2016, the VerkhovnaRada of Ukraine (the Ukrainian Parliament) decided to rename Kirovohrad to Kropyvnytskyi – in honor of the prominent Ukrainian theatrical figure Marko Kropyvnytskyi (1840-1910).
Political and Social Life
In the city (as of the beginning of 2008) there are 298 non-governmental organizations, of which 11 are female, 11 are veterans and 49 are youth.
Kropyvnytskiy’s youth life is being activated through a number of civic organizations uniting their membership for conducting the diverse interests. The youth wing of the People’s Movement of Ukraine – Young People’s Movement and the party “Batkivshchyna” – the regional organization of the All-Ukrainian Union of Youth “BatkivshchynaMoloda” can be considered the most effective youth organizations.
Fortress of St. Elizabeth (1754) – the remains of the ramparts of the fortress located near the present city center. There are several old guns and partially preserved barracks.Also there is a memorial of the Eternal Flame in the military cemetery of those killed during the Second World War. Ushakova Street, 1.
Junker Cavalry School (1830-1848). It was one of the largest military schools in the Russian Empire. The military campus included a three-story palace, a staff and training buildings, an officer’s meeting, an arena, stables. The buildings are located around the current Cavalry Park, in place of which there used to be a parade ground, where military parades and shows were held. Kavaleriys’ka Street, 1A.
Goldenberg Balneary. The building of the balneary was constructed in Moorish style in the late 19th century. It is decorated with decorative tiles, carved plaster, colored bricks, carved doors in the “eastern” arch of the portal. Today, the building houses the Kropyvnytskyi city hospital #3. Pashutyns’ka Street, 35/45.
Meitus House. This building of red brick was constrcuted for the famous Elisavetgrad medical doctor S. Meitus. On the first floor there was a private hospital,Maitus lived with his family on the second floor. Today, the building houses the Children’s Music School. Victor Chmilenko Street, 65.
Local History Museum (1885-1905). The house of the merchant D. Barsky is a vivid example of the architectural style of the Art Nouveau and one of the most beautiful buildings in Kropyvnytskyi. There are four main expositions covering the history and nature of the region. The basis of the collection are archaeological finds, paintings, icons. Dvortsova Street, 40. Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Saturday: 10:00-15:00).
Art Museum. The exposition of the museum is housed in an Art Nouveau building constructed on the order of the merchant I. Shpolyansky at the end of the 19th century. In five halls you can see exhibits received from the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, the museums of Russian and Ukrainian art in Kyiv, as well as the works of famous local artists. VelikaPerspektivna Street, 60. Opening hours: 8:00-17:00 (Saturday: 9:00-17:00). Day off: Sunday.
Elvorti Factory. One of the oldest and largest in Europe factories of agricultural machinery of its time, specialized in the production of seeders. The factory was founded by British brothers Robert and Thomas Elvorti. In 1994, after the restoration of Elvorti’s house, the museum of the factory was opened. Today, the museum has more than 3,500 exhibits. Brothers Elvorti Street, 1. Opening hours: 8:00-16:00. Days off: Saturday, Sunday.
Main Synagogue (1853) – a large brick building in Moorish style. Today, the building houses the historical museum “Jews of Elisavetgrad”. Victor Chmilenko Street, 90/40. Opening hours: 10:00-15:00. Days off: Monday, Saturday.
Greek Church (1805-1812) – a stone church with a bell tower built on the funds of the Greek community of Elisavetgrad. The church was rebuilt in 1898. Today, it is the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin. Soborna Street.
Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin (1850-1875). This blue church with green domes was built in neo-Russian style of religious architecture on the means of the merchant P. Shchedrin. Some architectural features of the 17th century were also used. YuriyaOlefirenka Street, 14.
Transfiguration Cathedral (1819). The Holy Transfiguration Church was built in the style of classicism as the main Orthodox church of the city after the liquidation of the Trinity Church, which was located on the territory of the abolished fortress of St. Elizabeth. Preobrazhens’ka Street, 22.
Other Places of Interest
Arboretum. This park is one of the most popular holiday destinations for locals and visitors of Kropyvnytskyi. The park with an area of 45 hectares was created in 1958. In 2008, it was recognized as the best park in Ukraine. At the end of April, about 100 thousand tulips bloom here. In the park there is an entertainment area with rides, cafes, and restaurants. YevhenaTelnova Street.
Kropyvnytskyi Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater (1867). The future founders of the Ukrainian professional theater M. Kropyvnytskyi, I. Karpenko-Kary performed here. Dvortsova Street, 4.
Guardian Angel of Ukraine. The monument “The Guardian Angel of Ukraine” was erected in Kropyvnytskyi to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the Nativity of Christ and on the 250th anniversary of the city. VelikaPerspektivna Street, 2.
Best Hotels in Kropyvnytskyi
In total, the city of Kropyvnytskyi has about a dozen hotels and mini-hotels, however, in the vast majority of them, the level of service is relatively low, the staff does not know English. So we can recommend only one English friendly hotel.
Hotel “ReikartzKropyvnytskyi”. This business-hotel of the Belgium hotel group Reikartz Hotels Resorts is located about 15 minutes walk from the city center, it is not easy to find it as it is situated in the backyard. Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and parking, fitness center, bar, restaurant, shuttle service, pets are allowed on request. V. Chornovila Street, 1D. Phone: +380 522 30 50 90.
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Bukovel is the largest ski resort in Eastern Europe situated in Ukraine, in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. The resort is located almost on the ridge-lines of the Carpathian Mountains at elevation of 900 m (3,000 ft) above the sea level near the village of Polianytsia (Yaremche municipality) (about a half mile away). It is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Ukrainian Carpathian. In 2012 the Bukovel was named the fastest-growing world ski resort.
The resort was pioneered in 2000 by a joint venture of Scorzonera Ltd. and Horizont AL as an all-year-round tourist and recreational complex. The research for potential ski fields and cableways of the first stage was conducted in cooperation with Plan-Alp, Austria, and Ecosign, Canada, who also finalized the master plan for the resort. By late 2001, a first 691-meter ski lift was launched at the Northern slope of Mountain Bukovel along with the projected chairlift ropeway at the Bukovel’s north-western slope. The project was finished in Sept.-Oct. 2002 as a 1000-metre ropeway. In 2003 a second slope, 2A ski run with a chairlift was introduced, and in 2004 a 7A ski run with a surface lift started its operation. With mere 48,000 visitors in 2003, Bukovel welcomed 206,000 tourists in 2005-2006, 400,000 in 2006-2007 and 850,000 visitors in 2008-2009. The 2010-2011 winter season recorded 1,200,000 day visits with foreigners amounting to 8-10% of all visitors. In 2012 the Bukovel was named the fastest-growing ski resort worldwide.
The Largest Artificial Lake in Ukraine
In the summer of 2014 Bukovel opened the largest artificial lake in Ukraine.
– area of 6,8 hectares
– dimensions of 750 x 140 m
– the beach stretching for 2 km
– The depth up to 15 m
The lake was the most ambitious resort project worth almost 150 mln UAH
The lake shores have arranged deckchairs, recreation areas and beach cafes. And on the lake itself there is the whole range of water activities:
- water – skis
- business jet
- jet – ski
- diving school
For the safety of tourists at all amusements are experienced instructors, accredited lifeguards on the beach. The areas for swimming and water activities are delineated. The lake water is crystal clear and warm up to 20-22 degrees. Among tourists lake has been called “Carpathian Sea”.
Bukovel In Pictures
Odessa is the largest city along the entire Black Sea, the 5th largest city in Ukraine and arguably the most important city of trade. Many years ago, Odessa was once the 3rd leading city in old Russia, after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Odessa looks more like a city located on the Mediterranean, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Odessa has always had a spirit of freedom, probably gifted to her by her location and by her ability to accept many different people. The city has a wide variety of people including Ukrainian, Russian, Moldavian, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian, Caucasian, Jewish, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Odessa is one of the major ports and an important centre of industry, science and culture. Her mild climate, warm waters and sunlit beaches attract thousands of tourists year around. Its shady streets, gorgeous buildings and pleasant squares give the city a certain manner of closeness and understanding. Odessa is simply charming with its stunning architecture. The city proved itself fertile ground for various architectural styles. Some buildings display a marvelous mixture of different styles, and some are built in the Art Nouveau Style which was in vogue at the turn of the century. Renaissance and Classicist styles are also widely present.
Today Odessa has a total population of about 1.1 million people. The city’s trades include that of shipbuilding, chemicals, oil refining, food processing and metalworking. Odessa also has a naval base and several fishing fleets, which adds to the cities economy.
Odessa is beautifully situated on green rolling hills, overlooking a small picturesque harbor. The best time to visit Odessa is during summer, when everything is in bloom and absolutely beautiful. The summer is especially favorable for those who are looking to tan on one of her tranquil white beaches.
Russian is the primary language spoken in Odessa, however, Ukrainian is the official language and many advertisements and signs are written in it. English is the most widely used tourist language.
The SIGHTS OF ODESSA CITY
Odessa is rich in many interesting places with magnificent architecture and which have big historical importance and of course which are worth to bee seen by the tourists who come to Odessa in hope to open the secret of its wonderful city!
One of such places in Odessa is well-known Potemkinskaya Ladder, which has 192 steps and the citizens of Odessa have the legend that if you want to receive enormous luck in your life, you should go down and up the Ladder by your feet, all 192 steps, discovering how the air and landscape changes when you come closer to the sea or go away from it, to the city! The Ladder was constructed by very famous Odessa leader Vorontsov as a gift for the city and for his wife, Elisabeth, and for this wonderful architectural monument which nowadays is admired by millions of tourists, generous Vorontsov pain 800 thousands of rubles.
Construction of this huge ladder has begun in 1837 and finished in 1841. The author of the project was famous architect of that time F. Boffo, who had important mission to develop carefully the proportions of the construction. After arrival to the Sea-Port and after you will rise up the famous Potemkin Steps, you will see the Seaside parkway – the most beautiful in the city. From here the panorama of the Sea-Port is well visible. Along the parkway many architectural ensembles last. In this district, near one of the most beautiful cities in Odessa, the monument to Great Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin is settled. This Seaside parkway – is a favorite place of the city dwellers and tourists for walking.
Also you can find in Odessa very beautiful Central recreation park named by Ukrainian Great poet Shevchenko. In this park the monument to the Unknown Soldier is situated. The fire that is eternally burning at its bottoms reminds the people about the great feat of defenders of the city. Surely we also have to tell about the main street of the city, Deribasovskaya Street! It received its name thanks to the first mayor of the city OsipDeribas, also Russian admiral (1749-14.12.1800).
The main street of the city are also famous by its numerous restaurants with different kitchens on your taste, pleasant small and big cafes with open summer terraces, fashion -shops and shop centers, and many other places for your entertainment. From Deribasovskaya Street you can come to the City Gardens. There you will feel the atmosphere of the old Odessa, sitting on the bench in front of the colored-singing fountain, in circle of inhabitants of the city and other tourists, enjoying the famous Odessa humor and jokes! The City Gardens is also place for open art-galleries, where the artist place and sell their works, as pictures, different souvenirs, jewels and other things that you can buy as memory about your trip to the “Pearl on the coast of the Black Sea”.
ODESSA AS RESORT
Odessa climate is famous by its softness and the abundance of sunny days. In summer thank to breezes, even in hot days you don’t feel heat of the nearby steppes. The cultivate dirt of estuaries and mineral sources involve to Odessa a lot of visitors. The resort zone of Odessa is stretched from ten kilometers along the coast of the Black Sea. One of the most popular entertainment summer arias in Odessa is Arcadia, which is situated on the coast of the sea and includes the system on night clubs, famous beaches and places for summer activities on your taste and works twenty four hours a day in warm season. It is also the sanatorium territory; there is binary, resort polyclinic, tourist bases and hotels. On the Odessa coast you can find such beaches as: Luzanovka, Lanzheron, The Joy, The Dolphin, the group of beaches of Big Fountain, Chernomorka and others. You also can visit very famous beach “the Gold Coast”, it is luxurious beach with soft white sand, small cafes where you can sit in the shadows of the tents, drinking cold ices beverages and watching the waves, playing around the berth. The seaside in Odessa is also beautiful by its parks, where people tired of the summer heat, can find desired coolness under the leaves of age-old trees. From the first of May the Odessites begins the tradition of the pick nicks on the nature beside the sea. As usual it has place on the weekends, but very often people tired from the noisy and crowed restaurants prefer to celebrate even their birthdays on the nature.
CULTURE, ART and MUSEUMS IN ODESSA
Odessa was always very artistic city with developed culture and art. The most important place in the row of Odessa theaters the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater takes. It has amazed and long history and is one among five the most beautiful theaters in the world. The second one is also in Ukrainian city Lvov. The visit to this theater lives indelible impression of the soul and memory. The Opera House is real Pearl of Odessa city and is included to the Seven Miracles of Ukraine. The history of the theater leads to the foundation of the city. It was built in 1809 by the project of famous French architect Tom de Tomon. In 1873 the theater was absolutely destroyed by the fire. It was big tragedy for the city, but fortunately no one died in the fire. After eleven years from the fire, the restoration of the Opera House began. This time the project was made by the Viennese architects F. Felner and G. Gelmer. The new theater was opened October the first in 1887. The Odessa Opera House is famous by its architecture, planning, inside planning. Many words can be sad about this cultural and historical masterpiece, but the biggest pleasure you will receive seeing this beauty by your own eyes! The address of the Opera House is: Chaikovskiy Lane, 1.
Odessa In Pictures