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Rzhyschlv

Further the road runs near the villages of Khalepya, Vytaehiv and Stayky, where archeologists found the remains of ancient settlements. Route brings us to ancient Rzhyschlv. The Lehlych River that flows into the Dnieper runs through the city. A nice embankment has been built along the riverbank. We advise that you should visit this unremarkable small city on the day of the city in late June-early July. Usually a weekend is chosen for this occasion, when the ethnographic festival “Rzhyschiv Wreath” is held. Song and dance folk companies from all over the oblast gather for a creative account. Professional artistes join the amateurs. The main performance begins in the evening about six p.m. Music and songs resound until dark, when a dignified procession makes for the Dnieper to celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist, throwing wreaths in the water and jumping over fire. The festival lasts almost all night long. If you decide to spend the night in Rzhyschiv, you should get in touch with the organizers of the festival,.

The next day you may go sightseeing. The glorious fortress “Ivan” on the way “from the Varangians to the Greeks” was known from the times of the early Middle Ages. Today only a qualified archeologist can notice the remains of the citadel of the Dnieper defense zone on Ivan-Hill (like in Khalepya, Vytachiv, Stayky, Hrebeni, and other localities).

Matters stand better in the terrain of Ripnytsia. In summer archeological digs of the two-layer sites of Trypillia and Cherniakhiv ancient settlements are carried out here, and the annual festivals are arranged to demonstrate reconstructions of the ancient Trypillia inhabitants’ household articles – clothing, utensils, implements, etc. It is planned to build here an archedrome, which will recreate the dwellings and mode of life of several epochs – from the Trypillia culture to the princely age. Tourists will be able to undertake a journey through time…

There are a number of other interesting objects in the center of the city. Worthy of note is the Trypillia public garden, in the middle of which rises a model of a binoculars-like vessel (sculptor A. Haidamaka). Apparently a similar ritual vessel was used by ancient grain-growers for calling rain. Beside the “binoculars” stand sculptures of Trypillia goddesses. Beyond the public garden, in the territory of the kindergarten “Sonechko,” there is the department of the Regional Archaeological Museum. The three-storied building opposite houses the Museum of Ukrainian Antiquity. It has a rich private collection, and a picture gallery containing the works of art by Rzhyschiv artists such as V.Sydoruk, O. Horbenko, M. Voloshin, and other artists. Near the museum sparkle the golden domes of the Trinity Church with wonderful paintings by V.Sydoruk.

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