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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.


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.

The Church of Annunciation in Kolomyya, built in 1587, is a unique monument of wooden architecture.

A famous Museum of Folk Arts of Hutsul land and Pokuttia and the Museum of Pysanka, which is built in the shape of an Easter egg, are visiting cards of ancient Kolomyya today.

A unique yew-tree forest reserve "Kniazhdvirsky" stretches not far from the city.

The Pysanka Museum is the only world museum of paint­ing Easter eggs. These traditions are kept from pre-Christian times. Easter eggs are painted according to the norms of strict ritual; their magnetic power is strengthened when they are sanctified together with Easter bread on Easter day. The Muse­um reflects the history of pysanka origin, techniques of paint­ing, instruments and tools as well as compositions of modern patterns. The Museum was opened in 1987 in the Church of St. Annunciation in Kolomyya, later it was passed on to believers. A new page in the history of the Museum started when a new specialized building was built. Its central part has a shape of an Easter egg 13 m high.

In August 2007 the Pysanka Museum was recognized the eighth wonder of Ukraine.

Information taken from
the city guide-book "Ivano-Frankivsk"