Largely regarded as the father of Ukrainian literature and linguistics, Taras Shevchenko was a brilliant but controversial philosophical artist and scholar of the 19th century. Lindsay Parnell explores his life and work.
The PinchukArtCentre was the first centre for contemporary art in Ukraine. Named after a wealthy businessman, Victor Pinchuk, it now hosts exhibitions by world-renowned artists, national and international art awards and various other art-related jamborees.
This literature-memorial museum to Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov was opened in his home city Kiev in 1989. It houses a collection of about three thousand exhibits, 500 of them being Bulgakov’s original possessions.
Located in Kyiv, this museum strives to strengthen the cultural roots of Ukrainian society, cultivate traditional cultural priorities, inspire artistic creativity and provide continuing enrichment of cultural traditions.
The State Aviation Museum of Ukraine (Zhuliany) is the youngest and, at the same time, the largest historical museum of the country's technical history. It was established in Kyiv in 2003, the 100th anniversary of world aviation.
The Opera Hotel in Kiev offers themed suites that are decorated to reflect the atmosphere of world-famous opera compositions: Russian suite, Italian suite & French suite. Also available are Egyptian, American, Moroccan and the zen Japanese suites.
Due to extraordinary architecture built in the spirit of Soviet futurism and its excellent location in the heart of Pechersk central district, Hotel Salute is considered by some as one of the symbols of Kiev.
Fort II, where Hotel Citadel Inn is located, was built for the purpose of defending eastern ways to the Lviv Citadel to ensure the future security of the Austro - Hungarian Empire, and is now the best preserved example of such European architecture of the period.
The interior design of this hidden gem in Kiev is a Steam-Punk style, with velvet couches and chunky candelabras. The interesting décor itself is enough for a visit, but the 24-hour menu is even more intriguing.
This restaurant offers delightful music and delectable Ukrainian cuisine. The three lounges in the Lipsky Osobnyak also tell the story of the building's own history through analogy with the architectural fashion of the XIX century.
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Ukraine is situated between Russia and
Central Europe. Having been subject to influence from both sides throughout its
history, Ukraine has managed to maintain its own national identity that has
produced a proud number of cultural exports to entertain the world.
Ukraine is the birthplace of one of Russian literature's
absolute greats, Nikolai Gogol. Born
in Sorochyntsi in 1809, Gogol would go on to write numerous novels and short stories
that would establish him as a legendary literary figure known throughout the
Ivan Franko is
one of Ukraine's heavyweights within its literary history. An explorer of
Ukrainian identity in the 19th century he has been widely promoted
not only in his own country, but indeed also abroad. Other more contemporary
literary voices include Yuri
Andrukhovych, Oksana Zabuzhko and quirky yet very entertaining writer
Andrey Kurkov, who amongst other great novels wrote the highly entertaining Death and the Penguin.
Quirky yet very entertaining is also applicable to Jonathan
Safran Foer's novel Everything Is
Illuminated. Set in the Ukraine it was made into a film in 2005 it was
directed by acclaimed actor-turned director Liev Schreiber and starred Hollywood actor Elijah Wood and
Ukrainian-born musician Eugene Hutz.
Hutz is the eccentric leader of the American-based
gypsy-band Gogol Bordello that has
strong roots to Ukraine. The band has become increasingly more famous on the
international underground scene over the last couple of years and the entire
band can be seen in one scene in Everything Is Illuminated.