The bank of the Maniavka River hosts one of the biggest spiritual centers of Western Ukraine – Ukrainian Mount Athos. The architectural conservation area Manyava Skete (1606) was founded as a skete
monastery in a picturesque part of the Carpathians by a native of Athos, Saint Job of Manyava (Ivan Knyahynytskyi 1606). At its peak, 556 monasteries of Europe were under the command of the presiding Skete. Today, the Manyava Skete of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross UOC-KP is situated there. Visiting pilgrims can pray in temples, and also visit the Blessed Stone with a water spring that arises from deep within the sandstone,
said to have the same healing properties as the Lourdes waters.
Not far from the Skete is the Maniava waterfall, which is one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls of the Ukrainian Carpathians. It pierces hard Gorgany stone formations, as its water falls from a height of about 20 meters.
This well-known town once centred around its former salt mine. It welcomes visitors to a local history museum that has rich exhibits of Hutsul antiquities, especially embroidery and wood carvings. The museum tells about the famous writer and melodist of the Hutsul village, Marko Cheremshyna, who worked there in a lawyer's office. The most striking room in the museum is dedicated to the work of the extremely talented artist Yosyp Vaskiv, whose paintings exhibit extraordinary technique and capture the Hutsul culture of performing arts. Hutsuls called him Gandhi for his world outlook and way of living.
This climatic resort is situated on the hills of the Svydovets mountains – one of the highest Carpathian ranges with a height of 1300-1700 meters. You will ascend by chairlift up the Stih mountain (1707 meters) to view the most scenic panoramas of the Ukrainian Carpathians. Glacial Lake ‘Herashaska’, situated in the bowl of the mountain hills at the height of 1777 meters, is one of the most picturesque lakes in Ukraine.
In the very heart of the Ukrainian Carpathians the unique Hutsul Polonyna Pertsi covers over 15 hectares. In this outdoor amusement park you can wander many pathways and breathe the fresh Carpathian air, take a bath in a plunge tub of life, visit a molfar (mystical herbal healer), get to know more about Ukrainian rebels in their hiding place (Kryiivka), have fun in the check-in in photo areas, and shop for souvenirs and eco-products in Vurdmarket. Welcoming hosts and hostesses invite you to visit one-hundred year-old Hutsul huts with antique artifacts inside. Folk craftsmen give master classes on pottery, Hutsul blanket and rug making, smithcraft, beadweaving, rag doll making, wood carving, and even the world’s first master class on hay lying. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the way genuine cheese is made in Khata-Staya, taste authentic Hutsul dishes on the fire, listen to Tripartite musicians play in Hatuli Folk, and to dress in authentic Hutsul fashion in the Fashion Hut. Polonyna Pertsi Art Hrun is situated at the height of over 1000 meters between Chornohora and Gorgany ranges where you will see Hoverla, the highest point of the Carpathians, steep Petros, rocky Khomiak and Syniak, and Svydovets with a full view of well-known Blysnyzi. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of authenticity, nature, and joyfulness together with your old and new friends.