William Law - Nov 11, 2008
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It seems that choosing the 7 wonders of one’s country becomes a trend in the Eastern Europe. Ukraine decided to keep up to date and to choose its own BIG SEVEN - the most popular landmarks Ukrainians are proud of. The wonders were selected by an online poll and by a number of experts from various fields such as history, tourism, culture etc. The online poll took place in summer 2007 and in total 77.000 people voted. Tourism Review is pleased to introduce the winners.

1. Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Kiev Pechersk Lavra or the Cave Monastery is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev. Founded as a cave monastery in 11th century Lavra is listed in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. It is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the country and Eastern Europe. Its Great Lavra Belltower is one of the most notable features of the Kiev skyline and among the main attractions of the Lavra. It was the tallest free-standing belltower at the time of its construction in 1731-1745. Its total height is 96.5 meters.

2. Sofiyivsky Park

Located in Uman, Cherkasy region, the park of almost 180 hectares, was founded in 1796.
It is one of the world famous garden-park art creations. There are many scenic areas including waterfalls, fountains, ponds and a stone garden. It is one of the most famous examples of late 17th or early 18th century European landscape garden design that has been preserved to the present time.

3. Kamyanets-Podilskyi

It is one of the oldest cities in the country famous especially for its medieval spirit and a historic castle. Located in southwestern Ukraine Kamyanets-Podilskyi is a city boasting of marks of various nations who resided here over the history. Thanks to that the city has a Polish, Ruthenian, as well as an Armenian Market. A famous landmark is an ancient castle, and numerous architectural attractions in the city's center, including a cathedral, a city hall, and numerous fortifications. Since the late 1990s, the city has been regarded as the main tourist spot in the western Ukraine.

4. Khortytsia Island

The biggest island on the Dnepr River is a unique nature and historical complex. The island is situated within the modern industrial city of Zaporizhia in the Kakhovka Reservoir and it extends from northwest to southeast for more than twelve kilometers. There are oak groves, spruce woods, meadows, and steppe. Nowadays, Khortysia is designated a national museum. The rural landscape of the island features the Zaporizhian Cossack Museum and a Cossack horse show. The museum contains exhibits dating from the Stone Age to the 20th century, including a panorama representing the Battle for Zaporizhia, fought during World War II on October 14, 1943.

5. Chersonesos

Chersonesos was an ancient Greek colony founded approximately 2500 years ago in the southwestern part of Crimea, known then as Taurica. The ancient city is located on the shore of the Black Sea at the outskirts of Sevastopol and has been nicknamed the "Ukrainian Pompeii" and "Russian Troy". Chersonesos' ancient ruins are presently located in one of Sevastopol's suburbs. They are today a popular tourist attraction, protected by the state as an archaeological park. The buildings mix influences of Greek, Roman and Byzantine culture. The defensive wall is hundreds of meters long. Buildings include Roman amphitheatre and a Greek temple.

6. Saint Sophia Cathedral

This symbol of Kiev was founded in 11th century. Saint Sophia Cathedral is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. Because of numerous clashes of the representatives of different churches in the past the complex now remains a museum of Ukraine's Christianity, with most of its visitors being tourists.

7. The Khotyn Fortress

The Khotyn Fortress is a fortification complex located on the shores of the Dniester River in Khotyn in western Ukraine. The construction of the current fortress was started in 1325. The fortress is a large tourist attraction in the area and Ukraine. Thanks to its preserved historical atmosphere the fortress is often used as a setting for movies. It has represented various French and English castles, historical locations, and fortifications. Most recently, it appeared in a Russian movie Taras Bulba, The Three Musketeers, or the Arrows of Robin Hood.

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    Dear auther:) thank you for this article because it is so important for us, Ukrainins, that people of the world would recognize the brilliance of our country, her great charm and charisma!

  2. thank you!

    I'm a native Ukrainian but has been leaving outside for many years. It's an excellent resources and I will be happy to share it with my friends! Thank you!


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