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Kiev’s Golden Gate Metro Station

In the Zoloti Vorota metro station, today’s harried travelers’ rush through mosaic adorned marble walls and the glow of lit candelabras shine a path on grey granite floors. Centuries ago, however, the epicenter of Kiev was served by another architectural triumph. The Golden Gates of Kiev, an impregnable fortress of brick and stone ramparts with a vaulted passageway from which soldiers of the Kievan Rus kept watch and crowned by a church covered with gilded copper sheets, came to mark the entrance into the ancient city of Kiev.

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Feast of Malanka

Minutes after the sun rises, an insistent knock echoes through a rural Ukrainian house. With heavy eyes and limbs still warm from sleep, a young daughter answers the door to find a crimson clad Devil, a comical faced Gypsy, and a smiling Bear gathered in the winter morning. A fantastical dream fading into early morning? A bizarre prank by the local school children? A team of robbers in costumed disguise? This is not an average winter morning, it is New Year’s Day and the masquerading visitors are characters in the Malanka celebrations.

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Ancient Ukrainian Fast Facts

Coins, maps, and medical instruments may have been the inventive purview of the Greeks. Ancient Romans can certainly lay claim to aqueducts, central heating, and elected government. Yet, Ukrainians have their own history of recorded inventions, too. Why not take a moment to peruse a sampling of the ancient discoveries of Ukraine?

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Bread Memorialized in Ukrainian Consciousness and Behind Four Walls

Bread itself is an object of reverence and hospitality in Ukraine. Recognized for centuries as the “bread basket of Europe” and victimized by Stalin during the Second World War leaving its citizens without grain to make bread, Ukraine’s devotion to bread has found a home in Kiev’s National Bread Museum. Moving exhibits in the museum demonstrate the magnitude of bread’s meaning.

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St. Michael is Ukraine's Protector

Venerated for centuries in countries around the world, the visage of St. Michael, the Archangel of the heavens and the warrior purported to pass judgment on all souls when Christ returns to an earthly form, this saint, Ukrainians claim as their own alone.

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Tradition and Tragedy - Ukraine’s Kobzar Minstrels

Listen closely and the Ukrainian wind may still carry an ancient song sung by blind minstrels, a song that tells a spellbinding tale of Cossack courage and their heroic quest for Ukraine’s freedom. Traveling from village to village as ox-drawn carts stumbled across muddy roads leading into dark forests, Ukraine’s minstrels once trudged past Baroque churches with Greek domes and mosaic Virgins pieced together from crimson, turquoise and emerald fragments and wandered freely across the Ukrainian steppe. Indeed, Ukraine’s blind minstrels, called kobzari, are special in the country’s history, in part, because of their traditional customs as well as their tragic ending.

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Ukraine’s History, Culture, Art, and Literature

Of course, the writers at Ukraine.com hope that our website will be your first stop on the Internet superhighway to learn about this emerging travel destination, but to compliment your viewing, why not try the newly created Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine?

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Ivan Franko’s Timeless Words Craft a Ukrainian Portrait

Trudging along a Kyiv street, a man in a long dark coat with books and newspapers swinging from the buttons, whispers madly to no one in particular. Crowds of people along the pavement separate like water around dangerous rocks allowing the lonely man to pass.

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