20 amazing facts about Ukraine, which you didn’t know!

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Did you know that Ukrainians created the longest musical instrument in the world? Have you heard that the longest trolley route is located in Ukraine? This and much more, read on here.

1. In Ukrainian town Rakhiv is surrounded the geographical center of Europe.

2. In Paris in 1934, the Ukrainian language took the third place at the beauty contest of languages after French and Persian. Ukraine took this place according to the following criteria: phonetics, vocabulary, phraseology and sentence structure. For the melodiousness the Ukrainian language took the second place, after the Italian.

3. The metro station “Arsenalna” in Kyiv is the deepest in Ukraine. Also it has been the deepest in the world for a long time. It is located at a depth of 105 meters underground. The station was built in 1960 near the parliament building. According to some reports, in the tunnels near Arsenalna there are secret undeground stores for the political elite.

Photo from opened sources

4. The brightest achievement of Ukrainian aircraft is the world’s largest airplane AN-225 “Mriya”, as well as the most powerful AN-124 “Ruslan” aircraft. In 2001, the Mriya aircraft, took 253 tons of cargo aboard, and set 124 records by one flight.

AN-225 “Mriya” Photo from opened sources
АN-124 “Russian” Photo: Wikipedia

5. Ukrainian “Pivdenmash” (Dnipropetrovsk) produces the most environmentally friendly rockets in the world. With their help, commercial cargoes are shipped to space within the international “Marine Start” project.

Photo: Radio Svoboda

6. The author of the world’s first constitution is Ukrainian Pylyp Orlyk. On April 5, 1710 he was elected the Hetman of the Zaporozhian army. On the same day he announced the “Constitution of the rights and freedoms of the Zaporozhian Army”. In the United States, the Constitution was adopted in 1787, in France and Poland only in 1791.

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7. The length of the longest trolley route in the world is 86 kilometers, and it passes in Crimea between Simferopol and Yalta.

Photo: loveukraine.info

8. Ukrainian desert Oleshkovsky sands is the largest in Europe.

Photo: ternograd.te.ua

9. Monuments to the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko are installed in 1200 places around the world.

Пам’ятник Тарасу Шевченку у Римі
Photo: Radio Svoboda
Пам’ятник Тарасу Шевченку, Буенос-Айрес
Photo: National museum of Taras Shevchenko

10. The oldest map known to scientists, as well as the most ancient settlement of Homo Sapiens were found in Ukraine in the village Mezhyrichchya of the Rivne region. They are about 14.5-15 thousand years old. The map was knocked out on the bone of the mammoth.

Photo from opened sources

11. The longest cave in Ukraine is called “Optimistic” and is located in Podillya. This is a gypsum cave at a depth of 20 m and length of 216 km. The longest gypsum cave in the world and the second by length, it is second only to the Mammoth Cave in the United States.

Photo: we.org.ua

12. On the Ukrainian territory is concentrated one fourth of all black soil reserves on the planet. Black soils with the correct treatment give the greatest amount of harvest. During the Second World War, German soldiers have even exported black soil by trains.

Photo: Инфоиндустрия

13. The Ukrainian wind instrument trembita is the longest musical instrument in the world.

Photo from opened sources

14. Ukraine has the largest supply of manganese ore in the world, 2.3 billion tons and about 11% of all deposits of the planet. We still have a lot of iron ore – 7% of the world’s stock.

Photo from opened sources

15. The population of Ukraine is considered to be the most educated. The number of people with high education per head is higher than the average European level. Ukraine takes the 4th place in the world by the number of citizens with high education.

Photo form opened sources

16. The oldest tree in Ukraine is the 1300-year-old oak tree in the Yusefin tract of the Rivne region.

Photo: rokitne.com

17. The shortest main street among all the capitals of the world, but at the same time one of the widest and the most beautiful – Khreshchatyk in Kiev. Its length is only 1225 m.

Photo: www.5.ua

18. The first hive frame was invented in Ukraine in 1814 by Peter Prokopovich. In recent years, Ukraine confidently keeps a place in the top three world leaders in a honey production. Outperforming European countries by volume of honey production in several times, Ukraine is at the same time the world’s first producer of honey per head (1.5 kg).

Photo: uahistory.com

19. The oldest Ukrainian book in the Cyrillic script is “The Apostle”, published in February 15, 1574 in Lviv by Ivan Fedorov.

Photo: vgolos.com.ua

20. The oldest bridge in Ukraine is Genoese bridge. It was built by the Genoese in the XIII century in Feodosia and it is still functioning today. Al little younger than the Genoese bridge is the Turkish bridge, which was built in the XVI century. It is located over the Smotrychy River near the fortress in Kamyanets-Podilsky.

Genuese fortress in Sudak
Photo: Мандри Україною
Turkish bridge (Kamyanets-Podilsky)
Photo from opened sources

Source: lviv1256.com