After a year and a half … Ukraine remembers ….
The Memorial Park of the Great Patriotic War
Over the next couple of months, I will be re-visiting some of the familiar sites in Kiev, Ukraine.. My time here is almost done.
I have one more major trip planned and then my effort gets diverted into getting the paperwork in place, signed and approved for the next assignment… Hopefully Moscow in July..
About 25 km northwest of Kiev, you will find the village of Irpin, Ukraine and for the adventurous, and those willing to hike a bit, you can make your way to an abandoned brick works in the center of town..
It is surrounded by a fence, of course, but there are ways in.. one way is through the glass recycle yard..
Mounds of broken glass, which appeared to be mostly liquor and medical bottles fill an abandoned bridge, where they are separated, ground up and shipped off to places unknown.
Possibly because the 2 existing businesses occupying the territory, the glass recycling and a working cement plant, don’t like or encourage “visitors”. Still with no visible “No Entry” signs, we decided to take our chances..
As always, when visiting abandoned places, it is important to remember the Golden Rule –
TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES – LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS
The Kyiv Fortress is a generic name given to structures located throughout the city of Kyiv.. They used to be a series of of fortifications part of and known as the Western Russian Fortresses in the early to mid 19th century.
Some of the buildings have been converted to a museum known as the Kyiv Fortress complex that includes the military hospital fort and a smaller fort on Bald Mountain from the1872. Other buildings are still in use by the military or commercial industries..
Aside from being a nice historical place to visit, there are also nice views of the stadium and the city beyond from the fort’s perch atop the hill.
St. Cyril’s Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine is actually now a museum and a small church is all that remains of the original sprawling monastery atop the hill close to Dorohozhychi metro stop.. It’s a nice walk through Babi Yar park..and through the forest..
The monastery was actually closed in the late 1700’s and transformed into a hospital and insane asylum.. It is now a part of the Sanctuary of St.Sophia’s and considered a place of historical value.. Much of the original structure was desmantled but the main church and belfry were preserved.
The inside of the church has lovely frescoes and paintings from the 12th century that have been well preserved.
To get to St. Cyril’s, you can take trolley bus #12 from Dorohozhychi metro and it has a stop at the entrance to the complex.. or as mentioned, it is a lovely, albeit long, walk from the metro station.
The basic entry fee is 20 uah for adults but be fore-warned, photographs are not allowed inside the church.. (Yes..I know.. I snuck a couple..lol)
Now I don’t generally believe in digital manipulation.. I use post processing as little as humanly possible.. I think a lot of people tend to overdo it..Only my opinion so please don’t take offense anyone..
I remember when HDR was new and exciting.. I experimented.. I overdid .. the infrared came along.. I experimented.. lately I have been experimenting with contour painting..
My first love is still panoramic shots.. followed by doors, windows… everyday stuff that I see while I explore this wonderful world.. But …
These prints can be found here at Fine Art America
Kyiv’s streets are filled with hidden alleys and courtyards.. Walk through any of the archways and leave the noise and congestion of the sidewalks behind.. There is no telling what you may find… I am a huge fan of simple, colorful composition in my photos and in Ukraine, opportunities abound..
I am constantly reminded that beauty is not in what we look at.. it’s in what we truly see..
Just thought I would add some more images from the day trip to Bila Tserkva.. It is a small city about 70 km southeast of Kyiv, Ukraine.. A lovely place to spend a day shooting.. There are several churches of note.. a beautiful river .. parks and memorials …markets and coffee shops..
It is easily reached by marshrutka in about an hour and a half for 30 uah… The mini buses leave about every 20 minutes from near the Palats Ukraine metro station.
There was a time, before the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine and it’s illegal annexation of Crimea, that Ukrainians and Russians considered themselves brothers..This symbolic brotherhood was celebrated by the construction of the People’s Friendship Arch in Kyiv, Ulkraine in 1982.
The arch is made of titanium and reaches 50 meters at it’s highest point.. Beneath it are 2 sculptures –
A bronze statue of Russian and Ukrainian workers holding up the Soviet Order of
Friendship of Peoples
A granite statue depicting the Pereyaslav Council of 1654
At one time, the plaza below it was full of people..especially at night when the rainbow colors lit the area. Now the square remains mostly deserted.. In these dark times for Ukraine, it stands as a reminder of what was and what could be again..
By the way, this is not a political post.. so political comments will not be approved and will be removed..
The Saint Mary Magdalene Monastery sits high on the hill overlooking the Ros River in Bila Tserkva.. about 80 km southeast of Kiev, Ukraine.
The church was built in the 18th century. It was the only church built outside the center of the city. During the Soviet regime, it was one of the few active churches in the city.
The Church of St. John the Baptist is located on Zamkovaya Hill and was buit in the early 1800’s by Count Branitsky in honor of his son. The church today is a well known place to attend chamber and organ music concerts.
It is possible that the church was built on the site of another church which had given Bila Tserkva – lterally “white church” – it’s name.
The Cathedral of the Transconfiguration is the main Orthodox church in the city. It was built to replace the dilapidated St. Nicholas Church, by Countess A. Branitsky.
Bila Tserka is easily reached from Kyiv by mini bus for about 30 uah ($3.00 USD). They leave from metro stop Palats Ukraine. While there is no set time table, you can plan on a bus leaving every 20 minutes or so. It takes about an 1 1/2 hours so it is perfect for a day trip.
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