7 Best Places to Visit in Ukraine That Belong to UNESCO Sites

Ukraine is home to seven sites protected by the UNESCO World Heritage List, they are also among the best places in Ukraine to visit. These include Kyiv’s Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Lviv’s historic centre, unique wooden churches in the Carpathians and the beech forests that surround them. Here’s a run down of the amazing protected places you need to visit during your holidays in Ukraine.

1. Kyiv’s Saint-Sophia Cathedral

Kyiv’s Saint-Sophia Cathedral and related monastic buildings has been recently restored to its former glory. This is a must see place to visit in Kiev, offering a mesmerising glimpse into the beauty of Byzantine architecture and the history of the capital.

You can enjoy the beauty of this place on the tour “Blossom of Kyiv chestnuts” (2 days / 1 night).

2. Lviv historic centre

Lviv’s historic centre reflects the city’s multiculturalism, vibrancy and beauty. Its cobbled streets, littered with impressive statues, weave together a number of architectural influences, creating a charming aesthetic unlike anywhere else in Europe.

When you travel to Lviv, come explore the old city with us on one of our tours, such as “Old Lviv in One Day“(1 day).

3. The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans

Now part of Chernivtsi University, The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans, built in the 19th century, provides an excellent example of historicist architecture, intertwined with religious Orthodoxy, at a time when the Austro-Hungarian Empire controlled this part of Ukraine.

This is a great place to visit in Ukraine. Book your opportunity to see it on one of our tours, such as “Kamyanets-Podilsky, Chernivtsi & Bakota“(3 days / 2 nights).

4. The Ancient Chersonese

The Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese is found in the Crimea. In the 3rd century AD, this city thrived as a multicultural trade hub, with common exchanges between the Greek, Roman and Byzantine Empires. It was also a productive wine centre in the Black Sea, and its history of wine making can be seen in extremely well preserved evidence of vineyards.

Although the city’s prevalence was waining by the 15th century, existing remains mark a clear link to Ancient Greece.

5. The Struve Geodetic Arc

The Struve Geodetic Arc comprises of a series of survey triangulations. Its significance lies in the fact it was the first successful attempt to accurately measure a meridian. Several main points are marked across Ukraine with commemorative plaques.

Уou can see it on tour Podilskyy Louvre (2 days / 1 night).

6. The Beech forests of the Carpathians

The Beech forests of the Carpathians stretch across 33,670 hectares, extending into the beech forests of Germany. This forest is one of the most comprehensive sources of knowledge of ecological systems and conditions in Europe, since they have stood the test of time relatively untouched by man. We offer many exciting tours around the Ukraine Carpathians, from relaxing tours visiting thermal baths, to adventure tours climbing the highest peaks.

Have a look through our website and find one that fits into your holidays to Ukraine, to surround yourself in beautiful rolling mountains and forests.

7. Carpathian churches

Hidden among the Ukrainian Carpathians, 16 wooden churches, dating from 16th-19th centuries, still stand today. They reflect an extremely unique style of architecture, based entirely on the use of wood, a style that has maintained its cultural significance and respect within the Orthodox Church.

 You can visit these churches during your trip to Ukraine, on our tours:


You can visit many of these sites on one of our tours! Have a look at our website for more information.

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