Uzhgorod is a unique city for Ukraine. Throughout its history it has been at the crossroads of empires and cultures. In the last 100 years Uzhgorod has been under Austro-Hungarian, then Czechoslovak, then Hungarian, then Soviet and finally Ukrainian rule. That’s why it is an extremely interesting city to visit. So I would like to share with you 5 reasons to visit Uzhgorod!
1. Uzhgorod Castle
Uzhgorod has a castle right in the city center, how cool is that? It is a mix of architectural styles and has been constantly changing it’s look between the 13th and 18th centuries. The very name of Uzhhorod/Ungvár (Hungarian name) refers to the castle, translating as “the Uzh castle”.
2. Longest lime tree alley in Europe
If you were wondering where the longest lime tree alley in Europe is – look no further. It’s in Uzhgorod. It is 2,2 km. long. Lime tree alley is a perfect place to take long walks during all the seasons of the year enjoying the view of peaceful Uzh river and panorama of Uzhgorod Old Town.
3. Neo-Moorish Uzhgorod Philharmonic
It was built in 1904 as a Synagogue for Orthodox Jewish community of Uzhgorod in Romantic style with the domination of Neo-Moorish (popular at that time). That’s a unique building for Ukraine in general and a beautiful highlight of Uzhgorod.
4. Holy Cross Cathedral
One of the symbols of Uzhgorod. It is seen from the majority of the streets of the Old Town. Holy Cross Cathedral is a splendid Greek Catholic church that was built in 1646 in Baroque architectural style.
5. Mini-sculptures of Uzhgorod
Beautiful Uzhgorod tradition started in 2010 by artist Mykhailo Kolodko with erecting of a mini statue of St. Nicholas at the Teatralna Square. Now there are at least 10 mini-sculptures all over the Old Town. You can find Mini Statue of Liberty, Franz Liszt, Schweik, the Soldier and others. Go find them all!
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