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Take Time Out in the Parks of Kharkiv

With a host of interesting places to visit, Kharkiv is a popular tourism destination in the north-east of Ukraine. Founded in 1654, its ancient history and rich culture add to the charm of the second-largest city in Ukraine, which is also an important educational, scientific and industrial center, as is evident by its sixty scientific institutes, more than thirty centers for higher education, and eighty libraries. With its larger-than-life statue of Lenin and superb examples of Constructivist architecture, Freedom Square is a prominent landmark in Kharkiv.

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Shopping Galore at Seventh-Kilometer Market

Located between Odessa and the airport, around 7 km from the city, the Seventh-Kilometer Market is thought to be the largest informal market in Europe. Known locally as 'Tolchok', the market consists primarily of brightly painted shipping containers, stacked two high and set out in rows, covering an area of 170 acres. With an estimated 16,000 vendors plying their trade, shoppers have a choice of everything from reasonably price authentic products to cheap rip-offs of Western luxury goods. Certainly, it is the rare shopper that will leave Tolchok empty-handed.

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History of the Inkerman Cave Monastery

The Inkerman Monastery of St. Clement, more commonly referred to simply as the Inkerman Monastery, is said to date back to the 8th century CE when it was founded by worshippers of icons who were forced to flee from their homeland due to persecution. Built into the cliff-face at the mouth of the Chorna River in Crimea, this cave monastery has eight chapels and an inn which can be accessed via a stairway. Still functioning as a monastery today, the Inkerman Cave Monastery is a fascinating tourist attraction not to be missed when exploring the town of Inkerman.

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History and Culture in Lviv's Old Town

The historic center of the city of Lviv, generally referred to simply as the 'Old Town', was declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in December 1998, and visitors to this charming part of the city will soon agree that the Old Town is something worth preserving. Covering an area of around 7,400 acres Lviv's historic center features a host of interesting attractions providing insight into the history and culture of the city, which was clearly heavily influenced by religion. The majority of the attractions in the Old Town are ancient churches, cathedrals and monasteries, many of which are superb examples of the architecture of the time, where Eastern European styles were blended with the styles of Germany and Italy.

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Visit the Naval Museum Complex Balaklava

Built during the Cold War as a top-secret military facility, the Naval Museum Complex Balaklava is an underground submarine base located in Balaklava Bay in Ukraine's Crimea region. The facility is currently open to the public, and incorporates a museum dedicated to the Crimean War of 1853-1856. The town of Balaklava was designated as part of the city of Sevastopol in 1957 under the Soviet Government.

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Awards for Excellence at Molodist 42

Established in 1970 as an event for viewing short films produced by students of the Kiev State Theatrical Art Institute, Molodist has grown into an event which is considered by the International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF) to be one of the premium cinema events in both Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Also referred to as the Kyiv International Film Festival, Molodist is a key platform in the region for presenting the latest offerings in mainstream and experimental film. The 42nd edition of the event took place in Kiev on October 20-28, 2012, and was by all accounts a resounding success.

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Ukrainian House in Kiev

Located on the European Square of Kiev, Ukrainian House was originally built in 1978-1982 as a museum to document the life and times of Vladimir Lenin. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1993, the building was renamed and today it is a multi-purpose complex for exhibitions, conferences, symposiums, festivals, concerts and other special. Also referred to as the Ukrayinsky Dim Culture Center, Ukrainian House is an impressive five-storey building featuring white marble and red granite, offering around 8850 square meters of exhibition area. Its position in the city center makes it the ideal venue for a wide range of events and is considered to be an important center of the business, political, civic and cultural life of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Film Engineer and Inventor Anatoliy Kokush

Most likely best known for his invention of the 'Russian Arm', Ukrainian film engineer, inventor and businessman Anatoliy Kokush continues to make a significant contribution to the international film-making industry with his innovative camera remote systems. His inventions have been so revolutionary that this talented Ukrainian inventor received two Oscar awards in 2006 in the Scientific and Engineering Award category - firstly, for the Russian Arm gyro-stabilized camera crane and Flight Head, and secondly for the Cascade series of motion picture cranes.

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