The Seven Wonders of Ukraine were established in 2007 by a series of votes, first by experts in Ukraine and then by internet users. Although Ukraine has an incredible array of natural and historical attractions, this group highlights some of the best attractions in Ukraine. Located in different regions around the country and representing different eras in the country’s history, this group of wonders, which were chosen from more than 1,000 possibilities, is worth adding to the itinerary of any vacation in Ukraine.
An innovative and artistic creation of landscaping constructed in 1802, Sofiyivsky Park is named after the wife of the Polish noble that established the garden. Several of the attractive features of Sofiyivsky Park include a stone garden, fountains, ponds, and waterfalls, forming a scenic atmosphere, pleasing to any visitor. This designer park has been maintained as much as possible to its original form and structure. The park is located in Uman, in central Ukraine and due north of Odessa.
Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, Kiev Pechersk Lavra is called such because of the system of caves located beneath the complex. The monastery was established in the eleventh century, when one Greek monk traveled to the area and chose a cave overlooking the Dnieper River. Thereafter, disciples joined him, and over the centuries the site evolved into the complex that exists today. Within Pechersk Lavra, visitors will find a number of monuments, churches, and museums, such as the Church of the Saviour at Berestove, the Gate Church of the Trinity, the Great Lavra Belltower, the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, the Museum of Ukrainian Folk Art, the Theater and Film Arts Museum, and of course, the caverns below the complex, which were used as living quarters and the final resting grounds of the monks.
Kamianets Podilskyi Historical Complex
Situated on the Smotrych River northeast of Chernivtsi, Kamianets Podilskyi Castle dominates the landscape. With a strategic location on a peninsula formed by the river, the castle has been coveted over the centuries and conquered several times. Over the years Kamianets was used for several different purposes, including a stronghold, a prison, and finally a museum and historical monument. The structure originally consisted of twelve towers; only seven of those are still standing today. The Kamianets Podilskyi castle attracts thousands of visitors each year, offering a brilliant insight into Ukraine’s history and heritage.
Khortytsia is a large island in the Dnieper River, not far from the city of Zaphorizhia. The island is home to a unique array of Ukraine’s flora and fauna, in addition to playing an important role in the history of the country. Today, Khortytsia is a national museum with a number of monuments and fascinating attractions. In addition to simply visiting, history is brought to life at various times during the year with a variety of festivals and fairs, making this one of the liveliest among the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.
On the Crimean coast of the Black Sea, near Sevastopol, Chersonesos is an ancient city that today consists mostly of ruins and historical relics. The first settlement here was an ancient Greek colony established in the sixth century BC, but over the centuries the area fell under the control of many nations, each contributing its own set of architectural structures. Visiting the archaeological site, located amid a suburb of Sevastopol, allows guests to literally walk through the pages of history.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral, located within the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Complex, is another of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine that features exceptional architecture. It is among the most renowned attractions in the city and is visible from quite a distance, due to its golden tops that glisten in the sunlight. Construction began in the eleventh century and took two decades to complete. The building can be seen from almost anywhere in the center of Kiev, but don’t forget to stop by for a closer look—it’s a beautiful structure.
On the banks of the Dnieper River, Khotyn Fortress overlooks its namesake city. The fortress in Khotyn was originally constructed in the early fourteenth century, but it’s undergone several renovations and reconstructions thereafter. These ancient walls are open to tourists and travelers who wish to learn the historical importance of this structure, which has been a significant defensive fortress for several different groups.