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Explore Kiev's Shevchenko Raion

The Shevchenkivskyi District, or Shevchenko Raion, of Kiev was established on 4 April 1937 and is home to a number of significant attractions well worth visiting when in the capital city of Ukraine. Among the historically significant attractions are the Golden Gate of Kiev and three of the main churches of Kiev – Saint Sophia, Saint Andrew and Saint Michael. Moreover, it was in Shevchenko at the Ukrainian Club Building that Ukraine's first parliament met, and it was there that Independence was declared in 1917. The European Square is also located in this district of Kiev, as is the Kiev Zoo and Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) which was one of the main sites for the Orange Revolution of 2004/2005.

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The Fascinating Underwater World of Sevastopol Aquarium

Located on the spectacular Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine, Sevastopol is a busy industrial city and commercial seaport. It also has an impressive list of interesting places of cultural and historical value to visit. Among these is the Sevastopol Aquarium, located in the Institute of Biology of Southern Seas. Built in 1897, it is the oldest aquarium in Ukraine, and has continually been extended and upgraded over the years, so that today it is the largest aquarium in Ukraine and is a world-class research facility well worth visiting when in Sevastopol.

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The Black Grave of Ancient Chernihiv

Located in the city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, Chernihiv Ancient consists of thirty-four architectural monuments which were designated as a National Architecture-Historical Sanctuary in August 1967. These historic buildings reflect the ancient culture of the city and are a major attraction for tourists visiting the capital city of the Chernihiv Oblast. The site is on the list for consideration by UNESCO (United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a World Heritage Site.

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Ancient Origins of the City of Kerch

Founded more than 2,600 years ago, the city of Kerch is located on the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea, and is considered to be one of Ukraine's oldest cities. Archeological discoveries in the area reveal that it was inhabited as far back as the 17th century BC, but its recorded history can be traced to the 7th century BC, when immigrants from the Greek city of Miletus established a settlement on Mount Mithridat, a prominent attraction in Kerch today. At that time, the city was named Panticapaeum and it served for a time as the capital of the Kingdom of Pontus founded by Mithridates I in 291 BC.

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Take a Stroll Through Lviv’s Mickiewicz Square

Named in honor of Polish poet Adam Bernard Mickiewicz (24 December 1798–26 November 1855), whose statue is a prominent landmark, Mickiewicz Square is one of the main squares of the Ukrainian city of Lviv and is located between the old town and the southern section of modern midtown. When the square was originally planned and laid out in the early 19th century, it came to be known as Ferdinand Square in honor of Ferdinand Habsburg-d'Este, the Austrian governor of Galicia. It was renamed St Mary's Square in 1862, referring to the monument dedicated to the saint. It was only in 1904 that the statue of the Polish poet was erected in the center of the square which was later renamed Mickiewicz Square upon occupation of the city by the Soviets, who reportedly objected to a square in the now Soviet city being named after a Christian Saint.

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Mount Mithridat and the Great Mithridates Staircase

Located at the center of the Ukrainian city of Kerch, Mount Mithridat was nominated as one of the seven wonders of Ukraine in the 2007 contest to name the country's seven top historical and cultural monuments. While the prominent landmark did not make it into the final list, it is nonetheless of historical importance in the city of Kerch and is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can climb the Great Mithridates Staircase to reach the top of the hill – a challenging, but rewarding, endeavor. The view from Mount Mithridat across the city and the Strait of Kerch is breathtaking, and on a clear day it is possible to see the Caucasus shore in the distance.

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The Rocks of Dovbush

The Rocks of Dovbush are a fascinating combination of natural wonders and man-made creations located in Ukraine's Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. This intriguing formation of rocks is included in the Polyantytskiy Regional Landscape Park and named in honor of the legendary folk hero Oleksa Dovbush.

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Ukraine's Enchanted River

As one of the six major rivers of Ukraine that have not been contained in dams or re-directed by human intervention, the Desna winds its way across the countryside from where it originates in the Smolensk Oblast of Russia. It crosses the Russian-Ukrainian border and flows through the Chernihiv and Sumy Oblasts of Ukraine, before ending its 1,130 kilometer journey near Kiev, where it empties into the Dnieper River. Parts of the river may freeze over in winter, and rain, melting snow and ice cause it to flood the surrounding areas and fill up the many picturesque lakes that depend on it for water.

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