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The Zaporizhian Sich Museum on the Khortytsia Island

Operation: year round
Location: Zaporizhzhya
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The Zaporizhian Host takes a special place in the history of Ukraine.
Started as a self-defending power for Ukrainians, it has grown in a threatening military force which could increase in number a couple of times in a matter of days, a cohort of skillful and brave Slavic hero warriors.
They built fortifications downstream the Dnieper River rapids in the 16th century, and have relocated for 8 times within the 200-year history of their existence in the area of nowadays Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson. Cossacks have been basing in difficult to approach areas such as islands and peninsulas, and their citadels were named the Zaporizhian Sich, which literally means: “fortifications made of the chopped wood behind the river rapids”. It is supposed the very first Sich was located on the Mala Khortytsia Island nearby the Kakhovka Reservoir.
The Museum of the Zaporizhian Sich on the Khortytsia Island is not a sample of any Sich that existed in reality but is a reconstruction of the general image of the Zaporizhian Sich. The museum features an open-air exposition of Cossack architecture: church, garrison, house of koshovyi otaman (military leader), Cossack office, treasury, school, cannon armory, blacksmith shop, pottery and shynok (Cossack restaurant).
 
 
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Just wanted to thank you for helping me in making my journey to the
Ukraine reality. My air-ticket was waiting for me at hotel George in Lvov. I just came back last night from my trip and it will take time to process all my impressions. As planned I visited Dnipropetrovsk, Charkiv and Kiev. They were all interesting in their own way, but Kiev is a real pearl.
In the summer it must be even more beautiful. I practiced my poor Russian and learned even better to read cyrillic letters. Not many people speak English or German, which for me personally is good, because I'm forced to make myself understood, trying to speak Russian. Travelling in winter is sometimes hard; dark, cold weather with freezing fingers and toes. Every season has it's charm and I enjoyed my stay very much. If you make an effort, people are very kind and helpful. I look forward to going again.
Again, thank you for making it possible.
Good health to all of you and the best in year 2004!

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