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07 May 2013

Google Street View Takes a Closer Look at Ukraine

Google Street View has expanded its gallery of images from Ukraine. The service added the Saint Sophia Cathedral, the National Historic and Cultural Reserve Kachanivka, the Khotyn Fortress, the Palanok Castle (also known as the Mukachevo Castle), and the historical center of Chernivtsi to its catalogue of the sites in Ukraine one can browse virtually while using Google Street View.

The service allows anyone with internet access to take a look at the golden domes of the thousand year old Saint Sophia Cathedral, explore its ancient architecture and surrounding buildings. Built in 1037, the landmark is one of the first Christian churches in the very heart of Kyiv. It combines a byzantine style and Ukrainian baroque.

Another Ukrainian site the curious online surfers now can take a look at is the National Historic and Cultural Reserve Kachanivka, located near the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv. The park has been created around the buildings of a former estate of a representative of Ukrainian nobility - Hryhoriy Tarnovskyi. The landscape park is known for its vast territory - 560 hectares- and boasts more than 50 species of trees and 30 types of bushes. The length of the main park road is the impressive 60 kilometers.

Google Street View introduces to its users the Khotyn Fortress in western Ukraine. The 14th century building is one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. The stronghold was constructed for the protection of the borders of the Kyivan Rus. Today the site is often used as a backdrop for the sets of historical films and a ground for historical reenactment festivals.

The Mukachevo Castle is another building highlighted by Google Street View. The 11th century castle incorporates a variety of the elements of Medieval architecture. By the end of the 17th century the site became one of the strongest fortresses on the eastern borders of the then Austrian Empire. The castle now hosts a historical museum.

The final addition to the Google Street View catalogue is Chernivtsi downtown, which features the former residence of the Orthodox religious leaders in Ukrainian historic regions Bukovinia and Dalmatia. In 2011, the site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is the fifth Ukrainian site to make it onto the register. Constructed between 1864 and 1882, the building still functions and is currently used as the main building of the Chernivtsi National Yuriy Fedkovych University.

In April 2012, Google Street View expanded to five Ukrainian cities - Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa. At the time, Google presented, among other locations, the panoramas of such outstanding Kyiv sites as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and Khreshchatyk – the central street of the Ukrainian capital.


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