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Spring is the wonderful time of the year to travel. The birds are singing, the grass is green and everything around is blooming – the world is showing off its Creativity in so many ways! The weather is beautiful, it is still not so hot, and at the same time it is not cold anymore. It is just the right time to throw open the doors and windows, breathe in fresh oxygen and get ready for new travel adventures. Spring is just the right time to move, to walk, to stroll, to trot, to amble, to skip, to dance, to rock or roll – down the path to see new things and meet new friends. Ukraine invites you to see all her wonderful nature waking up after a long winter sleep!

Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, Ukraine

Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, Ukraine
Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, Ukraine

Sofiyivsky Park is a landscape park or Ukrainian state dendrology park “Sofiyvka” of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. It is located in Uman, Cherkasy Oblast of central Ukraine and stretched out on the area of 179,2 hectares. Park “Sofiyvka” is a masterpiece of world landscape gardening art of the end of 18th - the beginning of 19th centuries. Sofiyivsky Park was founded in 1796 by Count Stanisław Szczęsny Potocki, a Polish noble. The park is named after his Greek wife Sofia (Zofia Potocka) to whom it has been given as a gift in May, 1802. The idea to create a park in a romantic style with the help of the Roman and Greek mythology belonged to Sofia.

The cost of the original park was estimated at roughly 15 million złoty! The first and the main architect was Ludwik Metzel, who brought there many rare plants from all around Europe.

Park “Sofiyvka” in Uman
Park “Sofiyvka” in Uman

Sofiyivsky Park is one of the world famous garden-park art creations, preserved to the present time. For almost 200 years it amazes visitors with its outstanding beauty, which includes absolutely wonderful landscapes, exotic plants, antique sculptures, ponds, waterfalls, fountains and a stone garden.

Park “Sofiyvka” was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine on August 21, 2007, based on voting by experts and the internet community.

Landscape garden Oleksandria

How to get there:

From Kyiv by car: Kyiv - Odesa road.
From Kyiv by mashrutka: Marshrutkas to Bila Tserkva run from Kyiv Central Railway Station (Vokzal'na metro, red line), metro station Lybids'ka (blue line), metro station Palats Ukraina (blue line). Ticket approx - 19 grv.
From Kyiv by train: Electric train to Mironivka goes via Bila Tserkva from Kyiv Central Railway Station.

In Bila Tserkva:
from the Train Station: take marshrutka #13
from Svoboda Square: take marshrutka #1 or bus #22

Landscape garden Oleksandria

Landscape garden Oleksandria is located on the picturesque banks of the Ros River in Bila Tserkva - the biggest city of the Kyiv oblast. Bila Tserkva was founded as a fortress in 1032 by Kyivan Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Its first name was Yuryiv. There was a mountain in the heart of the town with a castle on it. There was a white church on this mountain as well. In the ІЗth с. the city practically perished after the terrible devastation by the Mongols. There was only the white church left in the burnt to ashes town. This building, made of white stone, served as a reference point in the wild and thick forests of the Ros river valley for a long time. Only in the mid-16th c. the city was rebuilt and got the name Bila Tserkva, which means "White Church". The Church itself has disappeared in the whirl of historic events, and now nobody could even tell how it was ruined. Only some remnants of it have been found on Zamkova Gora (mountain) during archeological excavations in the 20th century. Read more

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