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Published on Feb 21, 2012
Interesting facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians. Enjoy your journey to discover Ukraine and its heritage!
Ukraine is located in Central and Eastern Europe and shares its borders with seven countries, including Poland and Russia. It is partially bounded by two bodies of water - most notably, the Black Sea. Ukraine is delineated into 24 provinces (called oblasts) and Crimea, which is an autonomous republic. Kiev or Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine and the largest city, followed by Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Odessa.
Travelers have many choices of attractions and destinations to explore such as castles, palaces, ancient cathedrals, and stunningly beautiful national parks and reserves. Castles have their special place in Ukrainian history with such international favorites as the majestic Lviv High Castle, Olyka Castle, and Bakhchisaray Palace, which served at core of the political and spiritual life of the Crimean Tartar people. Kiev, which is considered to be the religious hub of Ukraine, is home to many churches, monasteries and theological attractions.
Ukraine has wonderfully interesting National Parks and Nature Reserves scattered throughout the country. These parks and reserves are important for preserving large tracts of lands for future generations. They also attract international attention to Ukraine's efforts to improve environmental conditions and nature. Recently, eco-tourists have been finding Ukraine to be an inspiration in the effort to protect wetlands, coastal regions, and majestic mountains.