This is a list of the most interesting, most exciting and “weird” places in the whole country. They were elected in 2007. Only 138 unique places took part in the voting. It went through the exclusion method. At first, 100 were chosen, later 21, and eventually, the 7 most unique places in Ukraine were announced. The vote was held on the Internet and voted more than 75 thousand people. Among them there is no first, or 7th place, they are all equal in this list.
So, they include:
- National Historical and Architectural Reserve “Kamenetz”. This is the old city of Kamenets-Podilsky. This place is widely known as the oldest castle on the territory of Ukraine. It is located on rocky mountains, so the look is just great. Kamenetz Podilsky is a city that has kept the spirit of the Middle Ages. Its peculiarity and uniqueness consist in the harmonious combination of the landscape and urban structure of the medieval city, in which military engineers, using remarkable natural properties, have created a fortress system that has no analogs in Europe.
- Kyiv Pechersk Lavra also known as the Kyiv Monastery of the Cave. This is one of the first monasteries on the territory of Kyivan Rus. Founded in 1051, under the reign of Yaroslav the Wise. In its history, Laurus survived many things, several times destroyed and restored. And now it’s an incredibly beautiful monastery, which deserves a place in this list. Having played a significant role in the unification of the eastern lands as a spiritual, social, cultural and educational center, the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra deserved glory not only in the territory of Kyivan Rus but also in Poland, Armenia, Byzantium, Bulgaria and other countries. Today, the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve is the largest museum complex in Ukraine, where 144 buildings are concentrated, 122 of which are historical and cultural monuments. Among them, there are 2 unique underground complexes, temples, architectural monuments of the XI-XIX centuries and numerous exhibition rooms.
- Sofiyivsky Park. This is a dendrological park located in Uman. It is a monument of the landscape type of world garden art. It was founded at the end of the 18th century. Annually it is visited by at least 500 thousand people. In the park, an oak survived, which is about 400 years old. A tree is a silent witness to many of the events that took place in these places. According to folk legends, under this oak, legendary Ukrainian leaders, Maxim Zalizniak and Ivan Gonta, gathered at meetings with the Cossacks.
- The National Sanctuary Complex “Sophia of Kiev”. Another temple, built by Yaroslav the Wise. From the middle of the 20th century, it became a museum. It is now the heart of the National Reserve, which also includes the Golden Gate and St. Andrew’s Church, and Cyril’s Churches. There were also the most prominent events in the development of Ukrainian statehood. Here in 1991, the All-Ukrainian People’s Council supported the Act on the State Independence of Ukraine.
- Chersonesus. This is the only ancient city in the Northern Black Sea coast. Now only the ruins left him, but before it was a huge city, where they lived until the end of the 15th century. The history of Chersonesos is part of the history of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantium, and Kyivan Rus. Indeed, it is here, in Chersonesos, according to the chronicles, there was a great sacrament – the baptism of the Kyivan Prince Vladimir, who spread Christianity to the entire Kyivan Rus.
- Khortitsa. The largest island on the Dnipro. Previously there was one of the Cossack whips. Now it is the National Historic and Cultural Reserve.
- Khotyn Fortress. It survived after many different battles and centuries-long history, luckily still remained alive. Throughout history, it had a very important geopolitical significance, due to its location.