Pictures of Southern Ukraine
In this forgotten corner of Ukraine down by Moldova and Romania there are a number of interesting sights. Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyy was founded in the 6th century B.C. by Greeks and traded hands many times, much like nearby Crimea.
Archaeological digs next to the medieval fortress. This area has belonged to Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Genoans, Moldavia, Turks, Russians, Germans, Soviets, and now Ukraine.
Vilkove is a curious town on the Danube river delta on the Romanian border settled in 1746 by Russian Old Believers who fled the Russian empire to escape religious persecution. At the time this area was under Turkish rule. Next door is the Danube Biosphere Reserve.
Settlers built up these islands by heaping reeds and mud from channels they had dug. Hence the town was called "the Ukrainian Venice". Read this very interesting description of Vilkove's history and lifestyle.
Villagers in the old town still get around on canoes and on wood plank walkways. Nearby is the newer part of town with regular streets and apartment buildings. The town has a unique historic feel and lifestyle with remnants of Old Believer culture.