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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.

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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Yaremche is a mountain resort which is located at the height of 550 - 585 meters above sea level. The Gorgan and Yavirnyk Mountain Range rise around it. Yaremche lies in the mountain hollow as if a pearl in a wonderful shell. The first re­cord of Yaremche was found in the documents dated 1787. It was a settlement that belonged to the old village of Dora (16th cent.) which is situated not far.

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Dovbush Rocks

A unique natural complex "Dovbush Rocks" is named after a legendary rebel. It is located 11 km to the southwest of Bolekhiv, not far from the village of Bubnyshche, at the height of 668 m above sea level. Chimerical buildup of sandstone was formed more than 70 min years ago at the bottom of a warm sea.

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Ancient Halych is one of the most powerful centers of Ukrai­nian statehood, which stands on the banks of the legendary Dniester River.

It is the place where Ukrainian spirit was cherished and strengthened in cruel battles for the Halych land. It was forged by the will of courageous and wise Halych princes, covered with glory in victorious banners of Halych regiments, renewed in the words of Halych chronicles, evangels, books and songs. It was grown in the bright works of Halych arts: cathedrals, churches and other masterpieces.

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Kolomyya is considered to be founded by the Ants in the 4 th-5th centuries AD. The first record of the city was made in Halych-Volyn chronicle of 1241. It was mentioned as a "profit­able saline place" of Prince Danylo Halytsky.

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Vorokhta is situated among picturesque mountains at the height of 850 meters above sea level. According to the last cen­sus the population is more than 4,000 people and the total area of lands is 18,265 hectares. Vorokhta is situated both in low­lands and in highlands.The Rebrovach belt, which is overgrown with fir-trees forest, separates the settlement from the eastern side from Tatariv. This belt stretches through the valleys Dilok and Rizha, which separate Vorokhta from Kosmach. Other belts Bukovel and Pereval stretch from the valley Rizh to the valleys Ozirno and Kostrych. Kostrych belongs to Verkhovyna belt, which separates Vorokhta from Verkhovyna. After Kostrych the place alternates with forests and meadows. Farther is Mount Gomul, valleys Dantsysh and and Pozhyzhevska. From here we start out to Hoverla. Mount Hoverla itself is divided in half. Its northern slope belongs to Vorokhta and the southern slope belongs to Yasenia. It is the territory of Zakarpattia.

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