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UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Ukraine

Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora

A representative of a unique era in history, the remains of this ancient city (or polis) of Tauric Chersonese are an authentic window into the past. Inscribed in 2013 as a World Heritage Site, it shows a noticeable influence of the Greek empire which founded the city and also the Roman and Byzantine empires. It lies at the heart of the cultural exchange and embodies the architecture, agriculture, and lifestyle of this important archeological site.

Kiev's Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, the Saint Sophia Cathedral stands tall in the city of Kiev even after more than a millennium since its foundations were laid. Along with the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the two complexes provide us a glimpse into the extraordinary finesse of the Byzantine architecture. The site has been fully restored to its former glory and maintained by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.

L'viv - Ensemble of the Historic Center

Spread over an area of 120 hectares, L’viv historic center preserves the lore of the city. Despite losing part of its luster during the Second World War, the historic center still provides a great view into the past as its geographical setting and features help the rich culture. One can take a walk into the past by walking on the streets admiring the houses, interior layouts, decorations and architecture in general. Since its inscription in 1998, the center, along with the surrounding areas, is preserved as part of the National Historical and Architectural Preserve.

Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans

The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans are a showcase of the influence of Ukraine, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque architecture in the 19th century. The ensemble of buildings in the complex highlight the influence of the Orthodox Church during its period of cultural and religious toleration. The buildings, gardens and decorative patterns offer much to marvel for any visitor and admirer of monumental and historic architecture and heritage.

Struve Geodetic Arc

The Struve Geodetic Arc comprises of a series of survey triangulations. Ukraine holds a prominent place as its home to the beginning of this chain with several main points located in Ukraine marked by five commemorative plagues across the country. The southernmost part of this historically important stretch is located near the Black Sea at Staro-Nekrasivka, Ukraine. Though not the first attempt, the Struve Geodetic Arc is very important owing to the fact that it was the first successful attempt at an accurate measurement of a meridian.

Wooden Tserkvas Of The Carpathian Region

The sixteen tserkvas (or churches) spread across Poland and Ukraine in the Carpathian mountainous region. The buildings are a testimony to a unique ecclesiastical building convention which sheds light on this important stage of architecture based on traditional log construction. They reflect a glorious era from 16th to 19th century and hold an important position in the history of the Orthodox Church. For this reason, these tserkvas were inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2013.

Primeval Beech Forests Of The Carpathians

Being the only Natural inscription as a World Heritage Site in Ukraine, the Beech Forests in the Carpathian region fall under national legal protection as national parks and biosphere and ecological reserves. Spread over a vast area of 33,670 hectares and extending into the ancient beech forests in Germany, these forests are essential to the understanding the spread of beech and are the most complete and comprehensive source of knowledge of ecological systems and conditions in Europe.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in UkraineYear of Inscription; Type
Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora2013; Cultural
Kiev's Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra1990; Cultural
L'viv Ensemble of the Historic Center1998; Cultural
Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans2011; Cultural
Struve Geodetic Arc2005; Cultural
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region2013; Cultural
Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians2007; Natural

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