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Enjoy the Tranquility of M.M. Gryshko Botanical Garden

Established in 1936, the M.M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden is located in Kiev and forms part of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Covering an area of 1.3 square kilometers, the garden features more than 13,000 species of plants from around the world. In addition to being a tranquil and picturesque spot for both locals and tourists to enjoy, the botanical garden is used for scientific research and in March 2010 celebrated its 75th anniversary with an international scientific conference focusing on conservation and biodiversity.

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Mykola Lysenko – Promoter of Authentic Ukrainian Music

Ukrainian composer, conductor, pianist and ethnomusicologist Mykola Vitaliiovych Lysenko was born in March 1842 in the city of Kremenchuk, in the Poltava Oblast of Ukraine. Primarily due to the fact that he insisted on his works being performed in Ukrainian, his vocal music is not well-known beyond the borders of his home country, but has immense value as part of Ukraine's cultural heritage. Among the works of Mykola Lysenko are the much loved opera Natalka Poltavka, based on the play by Ivan Kotlyarevsky, and Taras Bulba, based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol.

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Pidhirtsi Castle – 17th Century Historic Treasure

Pidhirsi Castle is located on the outskirts of the village of Pidhirtsi in the Lviv Oblast of Ukraine, and was constructed between 1635 and 1640 at the command of Stanislaw Koniecpolski, a Grand Crown Hetman of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the time. The brick and stone structure replaced an older fortress, becoming one of the most strategically placed, and therefore most valuable, castle-fortresses on the eastern borderland of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the area which now forms part of western Ukraine.

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The River Port City of Oster

Located where the Oster River flows into the Desna in the Chernihiv Oblast of Ukraine, the city of Oster was established in 1098 by Vladimir Monomakh, the Grand Prince of Kievan Rus at the time. Today Oster is a bustling river port city, with reminders of its ancient history evident in landmarks such as the Saint Michael's Church, constructed when the settlement of Oster was first established, as well as some parts of the Oster fortress from the same era.read more..

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The Spring of St Anna – Revered Pilgrimage Site

Since the 16th century the Spring of St Anna, located around one kilometer from Onyshkivtsi village in Ukraine's Rivne region, has been known for its curative properties. It is considered to be a natural phenomenon of importance and is listed as a protected attraction by the Ukrainian government. Visitors to the Spring of St Anna will find a picturesque stone church alongside the open-air pool filled with water from the underground spring. Painted sky blue and decorated with gold trimming, the church was constructed in 1991 for the use of the many pilgrims who gather to seek relief from their ailments and request blessings from St Anna.

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Lesya Ukrainka – Gifted Writer and Loyal Activist

Best known by her literary penname, Lesya Ukrainka is remembered as the foremost female writer in Ukrainian literature, as well as being counted among the top poets and writers of either gender in Ukraine. She was also known as an activist for the advancement of political, civil and women’s rights. Her place in Ukrainian history is commemorated with a number of monuments and statues in Ukraine, as well as in other countries that were once part of the Soviet Union, and even as far afield as Canada and the United States. Her likeness also appears on the 200-hryvnia banknote issued by the National Bank of Ukraine in 2007.read more..

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Explore Ukraine’s Snake Island

Ukraine's Snake Island, also known as Serpent Island or Zmiiniy Island, is located near the Danube Delta in the Black Sea around 35 kilometers off the mainland coast. The island consists of igneous rock formed by the cooling and solidifying of lava or magma, with its highest point being around 41 meters above sea level. The waters around the island, which is a State protected area, are teaming with life. Up to fifty fish species and six crab species have been identified, with some of them being recorded as endangered in the Red Book of Ukraine.

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Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi – Historical Sanctuary

Visitors to the town of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi, located at the confluence of the Alta River and Trubizh River in the Kiev Oblast of Ukraine, will find that there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit. In fact, the entire town has been proclaimed as a historical sanctuary, with a history going back to before the year 911 where it was first recorded in the text of the treaty between the Byzantine Empire and Kievan Rus. Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi is situated 95 kilometers south of Kiev and serves as the administrative center of the district of the same name.

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