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Top-10 most amazing buildings of Western Ukraine

Even the most demanding traveler will appreciate treasury of interesting places, legendary fortresses and castles focused in Western Ukraine. Wherever you arrive each place possesses its own castle, palace, legend or a breathtaking story.
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White Elephant: observatory on the top of the mountain

The largest wonder of the mountain of Pip Ivan is a highland observatory, ruins of which tower on the top. People call the observatory “White Elephant”. They say that in winter covered with snow and ice and blew with strong winds the outlines of observatory reminds figure of an elephant.
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Polianytsia. Ski Resort "Bukovel"

"Bukovel" ski resort is located on the territory of Polianyt­sia at the foot of Bukovel Mount at the height of 900 m above sea level. It is the place where the beauty and all the riches of the Carpathian Mountains have been preserved. 85 wooden cottages and 19 chalets are available for tourists. Every room has a bathroom, shower, satellite TV, telephone and minibar.

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White Elephant: observatory on the top of the mountain

The largest wonder of the mountain of Pip Ivan is a highland observatory, ruins of which tower on the top. People call the observatory “White Elephant”. They say that in winter covered with snow and ice and blew with strong winds the outlines of observatory reminds figure of an elephant. You can also come across another explanation. Officials as usually had a skeptical attitude to the projects demanding quite a lot of money and called them “White elephant”, useless and illusive conception.

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Enigmas of Pip Ivan Mountain: versions of the name origin

Pip Ivan, the most mysterious mountain in the Ukrainian Carpathians, attracts travelers like a magnet. What makes it so special? Maybe, picturesque landscapes, intricate mixture of legends and historical facts (so it is difficult even for scientist to define the line where truth ends and fantasy begins). Or probably it’s ruins of an old Polish observatory on the top of the mountain, a unique monument of architecture. Pip Ivan is one of the most known and interesting mountains, although it is located far from highways and popular places.

summer trekking in the Carpathians

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