Seven Wonders of Ukraine

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Locations of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

The Seven Wonders of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Сім чудес України [ˈsʲim tʃʊˈdɛs ʊkrɐˈjinɪ]) are the seven historical and cultural monuments of Ukraine, which were chosen in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine contest held in July, 2007. This was the first public contest of that kind which was followed by the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine, the Seven Wonderful Routes of Ukraine, and the Seven Wonderful Castles of Ukraine. All nominated sites are publicly owned protected areas of at least regional level, available for tourism.

The voting for all contests consisted of two parts: experts in Ukraine voted for their seven best sites, and internet users voted for their seven favorite sites on the official website.


The initiative was started by (one of the) deputy chairman of Verkhovna Rada Mykola Tomenko under the motto "Piznai Ukrainu!" (Discover Ukraine). The initiative was a continuation of numerous preceding public actions that took place in various regions of Ukraine such as "Kupala's games at the native land of Gogol" (Poltava region), "Starry autumn in Kachanivka" (Chernihiv region), "Let's discover island Khortutsia" (Zaporizhia region), "Maslyana in Bukovyna" (Chernivtsi region), "Amber legends of Rivne region", "Day of Europe at the native land of Lesya Ukrainka" (Volyn region), and others.

The next stage of the initiative was the organization of the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine in 2008.

Organization committee[edit]

The organization committee consisted of:[1]

  • Mykola Tomenko (parliamentarian of the 5th convocation of the Ukrainian parliament)
  • Andriy Pakhlya (head of State Service of tourism and vacation resorts)
  • Oleksandr Volkov (parliamentarian of the 5th convocation of the Ukrainian parliament)
  • Oleksandr Bryhynets (Kyiv city politician)
  • Yuri Artymenko (deputy head of parliamentary committee)
  • Volodymyr Kurinny (head of Vekhovna Rada subcommittee)
  • Volodymyr Ilchenko (chief-editor of "Mandry" magazine)
  • Oleksandr Bohutsky (general director of Ukrainian TV-channel ICTV)
  • Viktor Kolesnyk (dean of historic department of Kyiv University)
  • Viktor Nabrusko (president of the National Radio company of Ukraine)
  • Ihor Pasichnyk (rector of the National university Ostroh Academy)
  • Nataliya Sumska (National actress of Ukraine)
  • Anzhelika Rudnytska (Distinguished actress of Ukraine)
  • Volodymyr Shevchenko (rector of Donetsk National University)
  • Oleksandr Kharchenko (chief-editor of informational agency UNIAN)


  • Tut i tam - site of the tourism gourmands
  • "For Kyiv" - internet-portal
  • "Mandry" magazine
  • National Radio company of Ukraine
  • "UNIAN" information agency
  • ICTV - television channel


Local and provincial (oblast) authorities composed a list of 1,000 possible candidates. An expert council consisting of 100 people, including culturologists, historians, and tourist specialists, chose a list of 21 candidates from which people on the internet could vote.

Voting on the 21 possible candidates was opened on July 7, 2007.[2] A total of around 77,000 internet users voted in the campaign.[3] The voting was closed on August 21, 2007 and the results were officially announced on the same day.[4] The campaign was initiated in May 2007 by Mykola Tomenko a Ukrainian politician and the deputy of the Parliament of Ukraine of the fifth convocation.

Each manager of a winning nomination was awarded a statue of their candidate made out of green marble, matte steel, and gold-mirror acrylic paint.[5]


Just before the next Independence Day of Ukraine, on 21 August 2007 were announced final results of the voting.[6]

Voting results
Wonder Internet Experts Total
place score place score
Sofiyivka 2 20 3 19 39
Kyiv Monastery of the Caves 4 18 1 21 39
Kamianets 3 19 5 17 36
Khortytsia 1 21 7 15 36
Chersoneses 6 16 4 18 34
Sophia of Kyiv 9 13 2 20 33
Khotyn 5 17 12 10 27
special nominations
Levadia Palace 7 15 10 12 27
Ostroh Castle 10 12 13 9 21
Pysanka Museum 8 14 17 5 19
extended ranking
Stone Grave 12 10 9 13 23
Pochayiv Monastery 14 8 8 14 22
Odesa Opera 11 11 14 8 19
Holy Mountains Monastery 19 3 6 16 19
Saint Anthony's Caves 16 6 11 11 17
Palanok Castle 13 9 18 4 13
Olesko Castle 18 4 15 7 11
Lutsk Castle 15 7 20 2 9
Shevchenko Heritage Park 21 1 16 6 7
House of the State Industry 17 5 21 1 6
Pereyaslav 20 2 19 3 5


# Name Location Image
1 / 2 Sofiyivsky Park[7] Uman, Cherkasy Oblast
The landscape of the Sofiyivsky Park.
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) [8] Kyiv
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.
3 / 4 Kamianets National Historic-Architectural Reserve[9] Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast
General view of the Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle.
Khortytsia[10][11] Zaporizhia, Zaporizhia Oblast
View Khortytsia and the nearby Dnieper Hydroelectric Station.
5 Chersonesos Taurica (Khersones Tavriysky)[12] Sevastopol
The remains of the city of Chersonesos.
6 Saint Sophia Cathedral[13] Kyiv
The Saint Sophia Cathedral.
7 Khotyn Fortress[14] Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast
Panoramic view of the Khotyn Fortress.

Special nominations[edit]

Three objects from the nomination list awarded a special recognition:

  • the Livadia Palace, a monument of modern history, Livadiysky Palace-Museum,[15] Monument of Architecture;
  • the Ostroh Castle, a spiritual monument, part of the Ostroh Regional Museum;
  • the Pysanka Museum in Kolomyia, a monument of modern Ukraine, part of National Museum of Hutsul-land and Pokuttia folk-art of Yosafat Kobrynsky.

Full ranking lists[edit]

  • Ranking by votes of internet-users: 1) Khortytsia, 2) Sofiyivka, 3) Kamianets, 4) Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, 5) Khotyn Fortress, 6) Chersoneses Taurica, 7) Livadia Palace, 8) Pysanka Museum, 9) Sophia of Kyiv, 10) Ostroh Castle and the Academy, 11) Odesa Opera Theater, 12) Stone Grave, 13) Palanok Castle, 14) Pochayiv Monastery, 15) Lutsk Castle, 16) Saint Anthony's Caves, 17) House of the State Industry, 18) Olesko Castle, 19) Holy Mountains Monastery, 20) Pereyaslav, 21) Shevchenko Heritage Park
  • Ranking by votes of experts: 1) Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, 2) Sophia of Kyiv, 3) Sofiyivka, 4) Chersoneses Taurica, 5) Kamianets, 6) Holy Mountains Monastery, 7) Khortytsia, 8) Pochayiv Monastery, 9) Stone Grave, 10) Livadia Palace, 11) Saint Anthony's Caves, 12) Khotyn Fortress, 13) Ostroh Castle and the Academy, 14) Odesa Opera Theater, 15) Olesko Castle, 16) Shevchenko Heritage Park, 17) Pysanka Museum, 18) Palanok Castle, 19) Pereyaslav, 20) Lutsk Castle, 21) House of the State Industry

All contenders[edit]

  • Kyiv: Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, Sophia of Kyiv, House with Chimeras;
  • Crimea: Levadia Palace, Mithridat Mount, Alupka Palace and Park Heritage Center, Swallow's Nest;
  • Vinnytsia Oblast: Nikolay Pirogov Manor, Old Slavic Cave Temple with Bush Relief, Nemyriv Schythian oppidum;
  • Volyn Oblast: Liubats Castle, Volodymyr complex of historic and cultural landmarks, Lesya Ukrainka Museum in Kolodiazhne, Chelm Icon of Virgin Mary;
  • Dnipropetrovsk Oblast: Stone Female Sculptures, Ivan Sirko Grave, Novomoskovsk Trinity Cathedral, Nativity of Mary Church, Ukrainian line;
  • Donetsk Oblast: Historic and Architectural Preserve in Sviatohirsk;
  • Zhytomyr Oblast: Saint Basil the Great Church, Stoney village, Korolyov Museum of Astronautics;
  • Zakarpattia Oblast: Palanok Castle, Forest and rafting museum at Chorna River, Saint Michael Orthodox Church, Nevytske Castle;
  • Zaporizhia Oblast: Historic and Archaeological Preserve "Stone Grave", Khortytsia, DnieperHES;
  • Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast: Pysanka Museum, Dovbush Rocks, Holy Spirit Church;
  • Kyiv Oblast: Pereyaslav Historic and Ethnographic Preserve, Lyutizh Beachhead, Ivan Kozlovsky Manor, Arboretum Oleksandriya, Dobranychivka Archaeological Site, Holy Protection Church, Kateryna Bilokur Manor;
  • Kirovohrad Oblast: Tobilevych Museum Heritage Park, Saint Elisabeth Fortress, Kirovohrad Oblast Art Museum;
  • Luhansk Oblast: Vladimir Dal Literature Museum, Memorial "To the Fighters of the Revolution", Derkul Horse Farm complex;
  • Lviv Oblast: Olesko Castle, Svirzh Castle, Pidhirtsi Castle, Krekhiv Monastery, Tustan Fortress;
  • Mykolaiv Oblast: Historic and Archaeological Preserve Olbia, Wild Garden Archaeological Landmark;
  • Odesa Oblast: Odesa Theater of Opera and Ballet, Akkerman Fortress, Potemkin Stairs;
  • Poltava Oblast: Gogol Museum Preserve, Kotlyarevsky Literature and Memorial Museum and Manor, Saint Nicholas Church, Poltava Regional Studies Museum, Poltava Exaltation of the Holy Cross Monastery;
  • Rivne Oblast: Ostroh Castle and the Academy, Saint Trinity Monastery, Dubno Castle;
  • Sumy Oblast: Monument to the Mammoth, Round Courtyard, Reverend Sophroni Monastery;
  • Ternopil Oblast: Verteba Cave, Bohyt Mount, Buchach Townhall (Rathaus), Pochaiv Monastery, Zavarnytsia Spiritual Center, Vyshnivets Palace Complex, UPA Camp, Castles of the Ternopil Region Historic and Architectural Preserve;
  • Kharkiv Oblast: House of the State Industry, Holy Protection Monastery, Skovoroda Literary and Memorial Museum;
  • Kherson Oblast: Askania-Nova Park, Legendary Armed Charabanc, Goat Grave, Shovkunenko Art Museum in Kherson, Saint Catherinian Cathedral;
  • Khmelnytskyi Oblast: Kamianets Historic and Architectural Preserve, Medzhybizh Historic and Cultural Preserve, Samchyky Historic and Cultural Preserve;
  • Cherkasy Oblast: Arboretum Sofiyivka, Taras Shevchenko Homeland Heritage Park, Trypillia Culture Historic and Cultural Preserve, Shevchenko Heritage Park;
  • Chernivtsi Oblast: Khotyn Fortress Historic and Architectural Preserve, Bukovyna Metropolitan Bishops Residence, Russian Old Believers Assumption Cathedral;
  • Chernihiv Oblast: Saint Anthony's Caves, Saint Transfiguration Cathedral, Hustynia Monastery, Princely Burg (Gord);
  • Sevastopol: 1854–1855 Sevastopol Defense Panorama, Chersoneses Taurica.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Organization Committee.
  2. ^ "Открывается голосование за "семь чудес Украины" (Voting is now open for the "Seven Wonders of Ukraine")". Podrobnosti (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  3. ^ "Ukrainians chose seven wonders of Ukraine". ForUm. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  4. ^ "Сім чудес України визначено! (Ukraine's Seven Wonders are named)". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  5. ^ "CЕГОДНЯ БУДУТ НАЗВАНЫ СЕМЬ ЧУДЕС УКРАИНЫ (Today the Seven Wonders of Ukraine will be named)". Vecherniy Kharkov (in Russian). Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  6. ^ The Seven Wonders of Ukraine are determined! (Сім чудес України визначено!). 22 August 2007
  7. ^ "National Dendrological Park "Sofiyivka"". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  8. ^ "Kyiv Pechersk Lavra". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  9. ^ "National Historical-architectural Complex "Kamianets"". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  10. ^ "National Reserve-island "Khortytsia"". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  11. ^ (in Ukrainian) Information about the Khortytsia Preserve Archived 2010-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Tauric Chersones". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  13. ^ "Sophia Kyivska". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  14. ^ "Government Historical-architectural Reserve "Khotyn Fortress" (Khotyn, Chernivetska Oblast)". Seven Wonders of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  15. ^ Кримска республіканська установа "Ливадійський палац-музей"

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