Friday, May 15, 2009

Ukraine

To finish this week i got 3 beautiful cards from Ukraine. I only had 1 card from there but with Aleksandra's help now i can get to see and know a bit more about the country.
Thanks a lot Aleks.
Let's begin with a card from Kiev, Ukraine's capital city. On the card we can see the belltower of the Saint Sophia Cathedral, an Unesco whs.
"Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The cathedral's name comes from the 6th-century Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople (meaning Holy Wisdom, and dedicated to the Holy Wisdom of God rather than a specific saint named Sophia). According to a less popular theory, its model was the 13-domed oaken Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod (ca. 989), which Yaroslav I the Wise determined to imitate in stone as a sign of gratitude to the citizens of Novgorod who had helped him secure the Kievan throne in 1019.
The first foundations were laid in 1037, but the cathedral took two decades to complete.
On 21 August 2007, the Saint Sophia Cathedral was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, based on a voting by experts and the internet community." - in: wikipedia

This is a card from the Donetsk Region, where Aleksandra lives.
"The Regional Landscape Park Kleban Byk is an oasis of pure nature and fresh air, in the territory of in the center of the industrial region of Konstantinovka (Donbass), in the south-east of Ukraine. It covers an area of more than 1870 hectares - with in its centre, a lake of 630 ha - and composed with remarkable landscape; interesting geological structure (several different natural zones, including steppe, chalk rocks with chalk flora and fauna) geological natural monument like petrified trees and a rich faun and a flora, include 200 bird species, many reptiles and mammals and more than 600 plants. Many of them are included in the Ukrainian Red List." -in: http://www.svit-ukraine.org/.our_activities/past_workcamps/Kleban_Byk_2006

2 comments:

aleksasha said...

Nice to see them here! :)

Vagirl said...

Those new cards are gorgeous Marta!
I enjoy following your blog!