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GOGOLFEST: A Festival of Culture

Vladislav Troitskii, the director, artistic director and producer of the DAKH Centre for the Contemporary Arts, had a vision to create a festival that was not only a multicultural event showcasing modern art, but polyphonic as well. Together with the Art Arsenal Culture and Arts Complex, the DAKH Centre for the Contemporary Arts created the GOGOLFEST festival in 2007, which has become an annual event. The Old Arsenal, which is a historical armaments factory constructed in 1803, was the ideal location to bring literary projects, visual art, modern dance, chamber music and many other cultural disciplines together under one roof.

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Skazka Zoo in Yalta

The Skazka Zoo, located in the Ukrainian city of Yalta, has received more than a million visitors since opening in 1995. Established by local businessman Oleg Zubkov, Skazka means 'Fairy Tale', and is the realization of a dream to present animals from all over the world for the public, particularly children, to view and learn about. Also referred to as the Yalta Zoo, the park is home to more than 700 creatures, representing over 120 species of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and fish. Great care is taken to ensure comfortable living conditions for each inhabitant and the success of various breeding programs is an indication of the wellbeing of the animals. Babies born at the zoo include lion cubs, camels, raccoons, baboons, chimpanzees, tigers and macaques.

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St Michael's Golden Domed Monastery

Looming over the Podil neighborhood stands the St Michael's Golden Domed Monastery, located on the banks of the Dnieper River. It was constructed to overlook the merchant and commercial district of the city, which is now the historical section of the city of Kiev. Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych first built the monastery in the middle ages, while the refectory of St John the Divine was constructed in 1713. Over the years new buildings were erected and restorations done, making St. Michael's Golden Domed Monastery, which is still in use, one of the most historic and popular attractions in the city.

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Maidan Nezalezhnosti – Kiev's Central Square

As the central square of Kiev, Maidan Nezalezhnosti has been the scene of many notable events in the capital city of Ukraine. It has also been known by different names through the years, and is often referred to simply as The Maidan. Dominated by a statue of the archangel Mikhail (Kiev's patron saint) on top of a tall column, at the base of which is an intricately decorated pavilion with archways, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, has wide grass-covered areas, fountains and magnificent historic buildings, and is within walking distance of many of Kiev's attractions.

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Ukrainian History: The Crimean Khanate

It was known as Crimean Tatar and was ruled from 1441 until 1783 by the Crimean Tartars. It was the only Turkic khanate that survived for such a long period, but taking it from the Golden Horde was no easy feat. The clans that broke away from the Golden Horde were forced to bring in the assistance of Haci Giray to secure their independence and take control of Crimea, which included the Crimean peninsula, with the exception of the south coasts, and the Ukrainian Steppe that led into modern day Russia.

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Danube Delta Cruise in Ukraine

As the second longest river in Europe (the Volga being the longest), the Danube originates in Germany’s renowned Black Forest and winds its way for a distance of more than 2,800 kilometers through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Moldova before spreading out into the Danube Delta of Romania and Ukraine and flowing into the Black Sea. The Danube is classified as an international waterway and is used for cargo transportation, as well as to ferry passengers for both business and leisure. Boat cruises are an excellent way to explore some of the most picturesque regions of the countries the river passes through, and visitors to Ukraine may want to take the opportunity to enjoy a Danube Delta cruise.

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Following the Tsar’s Path in Crimea

Built in 1861 for Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family to take their daily walk, the Tsar’s Path stretches a distance of more than six kilometers along the Crimean Mountains, linking the Tsar's summer retreat, Livadia Palace, with the majestic Swallow's Nest castle. The views of the coastline and the city of Yalta in the distance are spectacular and along the pathway are various monuments and sculptures, with the surroundings beautifully landscaped.

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Mangup Kale – Historic Stronghold

The historic site of Mangup is a fortress complex located on a rocky plateau approximately nine miles east of the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Crimea region. With a history going back to the 3rd century CE, the fortress is now in ruins. Nevertheless, with its strategic position overlooking the surrounding area, and some of its mighty walls still standing, visitors to Mangup Kale (kale meaning fortress or stronghold in Turkish) can imagine a time in the past when its inhabitants felt a measure of security during times of great conflict.

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