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The Tradition of Beekeeping in Ukraine

Ukraine has a long history of beekeeping and is well known in international apiculture circles for the superb quality of its honey and other bee related products. Ranked as the number one producer in Europe and among the top five in the world, Ukraine produces as much as 75,000 metric tons of honey each year and continues to win numerous awards for the quality of its products.

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The Squares of Khreshchatyk in Kiev

Located at the bustling intersection of Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, Khreshchatyk, Krutyi Descent and Chervonoarmiiska Street in Kiev, Bessarabska Square was a trading post for immigrants from the historical region of Bessarabia until the 1840s. Today the Besarabsky Market, built in 1910-1912 and covering an area of almost 10,000 square feet, offers a huge variety of goods, including fresh produce and crafts, and is a popular shopping venue for locals and visitors to Ukraine's capital city. The square was initially on the outskirts of the city, but as Kiev expanded in all directions it became part of the city's center.

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Ukraine's Historic Nomadic Chumaks

Traveling across rugged terrain in heavily laden wagons pulled by two or four oxen, Chumaks are most readily associated with trading in salt, although they transported a variety of goods between Crimea and other regions of Ukraine in the 15th to the late-19th century. This close-knit traveling community is featured in Ukrainian folklore, poetry, songs and works by well-known artists, including Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko and Ukrainian-born artist Ivan Aivazovsky. They also feature in more recent cultural works, such as the song Ukraina by the 'People's Artist of Ukraine' Taras Petrynenko and the 1995 film Moskal, the Wizard.

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Step Back in Time at Kievan Rus' Park

Under the reign of the ancient Rurik dynasty from the late-9th century to the mid-13th century, Kievan Rus' was a federation of East Slavic tribes from which the modern people of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia descended. At the pinnacle of its power in the mid-11th century, Kievan Rus' stretched from the Black Sea in the South to the Baltic Sea in the North, and from the Taman Peninsula in the east to the Vistula River in the west. Today, visitors to Kievan Rus' Park, a recreated medieval city located around 34 kilometers from Kiev at Kopachiv Village, can relive the battles and daily life of this era in an authentic open-air living museum.

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Ukrainian Bandurist Hnat Khotkevych

Born in Kharkiv in 1877, Hnat Martynovych Khotkevych trained as a professional engineer, but made his mark in Ukrainian history as an ethnographer, playwright, writer, composer and musicologist. He was also a talented player of the bandura – a Ukrainian plucked string folk instrument – a skill he learned by observing the folk kobzars. He bought his first bandura in 1894 and by 1896 gave his first performance on stage as a soloist, later playing the instrument in Mykola Lysenko's touring choir. At a young age Hnat Khotkevych earned the reputation of being a virtuoso of the bandura and in 1902 he formed the first bandura ensemble in history which performed at the XII Archeological Conference in Kharkiv. His dedication to promoting the bandura and his musical compositions led to it becoming a popular instrument throughout Ukraine.

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Ukraine's Greater Spotted Eagle

The fact that greater spotted eagles are widely distributed does not make them any less impressive, and also hasn't prevented their numbers from dwindling to the extent that they are recorded as 'vulnerable’ on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. According to BirdLife International, the range of greater spotted eagles covers an area of 8,961,000 square kilometers and includes Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, mainland China, Mongolia, Poland, Finland and countries of Northern Africa. These large birds of prey are mainly found in wetlands and forested areas at lower altitudes and visitors to Ukraine's nature reserves should keep an eye out for them in the sky as they glide on air thermals scanning the area below for their next meal.

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St Catherine's Cathedral in Kherson

Built in the 1780s at the instruction of Catherine the Great, the Saint Catherine's Cathedral in Kherson has an interesting history. The town of Kherson itself, was also founded at the instruction of the Russian Empress, with Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin overseeing the project and Ivan Abramovich Gannibal supervising the building of the town. Potemkin was eventually buried at St Catherine's Cathedral, which is named in honor of Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of Catherine the Great.

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Visit Odessa's Museum of the Cinema

Filmmaking has come a long way since the mid-1890's when the French Lumière brothers – Louis Jean and August Marie Louis Nicolas – presented moving pictures to the world and patented a number of processes they developed. Many claim they were not the first to come up with the concept of moving pictures and develop the process of film production, and that may be so, but they were the first to be internationally recognized. Film fans will enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Cinema, based in the premises of the Odessa Film Studio, where the history of filmmaking in Ukraine, and the Soviet Union, is documented and described in great detail. One of the features of the museum is the exploration of the invention of cinema in Ukraine, which took place two years before the Lumière Brothers went public with their invention.

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