Visiting Villages in the Heart of Ukraine
On the road between Kiev and Poltava, through an area affectionately referred to as the ‘Heart of Ukraine’, travelers will come across a number of villages overflowing with history and culture. Located alongside the Sula River near Lubny, the Ukrainian Baroque-style Mharsky Monastery is an interesting attraction dating back to 1619 in the village of Mhar. The monastery features five domes – one central larger dome surrounded by four smaller domes – as well as a free-standing neoclassical bell tower that was built more than a hundred years after the original building was completed. The monastery suffered some damage in the early to mid-1900s and was used for non-religious purposes for a time, but was restored to the monks at the end of the 20th century.