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Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky: A Living Museum

14. May 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Located in central Ukraine, Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky is an ancient city nestled on the bank of the Dniper River. This city of 30,000 people is over 1,000 years old and is home to nearly 30 museums. For this reason, many Ukrainians refer to Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky as a living museum.

In 1951, museum curator Mykhaylo Sikorsky helped create the National Historical and Cultural Reserve Pereyaslav which currently houses the city’s 24 thematic museums. The more significant museums include:

•    Museum of Bread
•    Museum of Land Transportation
•    Museum of Ukrainian Decorative Towels
•    Museum of Space Exploration
•    Museum of Postal Services
•    Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts
•    Museum of Ukrainian Traditional Rituals
•    Museum of Archeology
•    Museum of the Cossack Glory
•    Museum of Archeology
•    Museum of Ukrainian Traditional Dress
•    Museum of Folk Life and Architecture

The open-air Museum of Folk Life and Architecture is the most popular of the lot and features an authentic recreation of an 18th century village. Historic huts, windmills, smithies, gardens, and churches are just a few things visitors can see here. The space museum and a museum dedicated to stone idols of the Scythian times are also located within the territory of the open-air museum.

However, museums aren’t Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky’s only attractions. Visitors also enjoy viewing excavated ruins of buildings from the 10–11th centuries as well as St. Michael’s Church and Ascension Monastery.

Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky has a lot to offer so chat up one of our lovely women from Khmelnitsky and start planning your next trip!