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Must See in Ukraine: Bila Tserkva

Must See in Ukraine: Bila Tserkva

Bila Tserkva (Belaya Tserkov) is a city located on the Ros` River in the Kyiv province in central Ukraine, approximately 80 km south of the national capital, Kyiv. Population 203,300. The town was founded in 1032 as Yuriev by Yaroslav the Wise, whose Christian name was Yuri. The present name of the city, literally translated, is “White Church” and may refer to the (not longer extant) white-painted cathedral of medieval Yuriev.

Since 1363 it belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and since 1569 to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Was granted Magdeburg Rights in 1620 by Sigismund III Vasa. A peace treaty between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Ukrainian Cossack rebels under Bohdan Khmelnytsky was signed here in 1651. After the Third Partition of Poland in 1795 Bila Tserkva came into Imperial Russia. It was a significant market place in the 19th century. During the Soviet times it became a large industrial center (machine building, construction industry).

A historical landscape park “Olexandria” of 2 kmІ is situated in Bila Tserkva. It was founded in 1793 by the wife of the Polish hetman Franciszek Ksawery Branicki. Tour Operator SunCity Travel organises a scheduled tours to this beautiful park, which is situated just 1 hour driving from Kyiv.


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Alex Faynin

1. 23 years experience in travel, hospitality & IT business. Author of the concept of creation of Free Economic Zones - Inter Ports in Ukraine (1994), concept of the youth hostels in Ukraine creation (1999-2000) as well as concept of the national Eco lodges network (2010). Co-author of the concept for youth tourist infrastructure development in Ukraine for Euro 2012. Author of the project for the National Camping Network development (2012). 2. Working languages - English, Russian, Ukrainian. Hebrew is on the beggining level 3. Developer of IT technologies in travel sphere. Author of a number of tours in Ukraine and other countries. 4. Global consulting for foreign and locsl businessman, hotels, restaurants and land owners to start /develop a travel, hospitality or restaurant business in Ukraine, Israel and other countries. Specialties: - Competitive analysis - Business planning & development - IT-management & marketing - Startup management

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