121 Village in Ukraine

Village in Ukraine

Posted on December 20, 2006 by

These photos are from the village in Ukraine, near Kiev.

Made by Alexander Mihailenko.

They are processed but still they depict the true spirit of old slavic village that still can be met in Ukraine.

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121 Responses to “Village in Ukraine”

  1. Bishop Brennan says:

    Looks like something from Lord Of The Rings. Good pictures never-the-less.

  2. Wil says:

    Fantastic photos, even if they are altered. They would make great paintings.

  3. Commenting Lithuanian says:

    Overprocessed, IMHO.

  4. mac605 says:

    FYI: Wiedzmin (can be translated in english as the Witcher) is a title of polish fantasy book series and also a title for the computer game scheduled for relase in 2007. http://www.thewitcher.com

  5. Maerlyn says:

    Can I get a link for #6 in 1280×1024? I’d like to use it as my desktop background.

  6. Anousenka says:

    Wow! Those are so dreamy and amazing :) They take me right back to being little, reading a Russian storybook :)

  7. Yuri says:

    Overprocessed but nevertheless beatiful HDR photographs :)

  8. Acts_of_Atrocity says:


  9. pite says:

    they remember me a russian film call “4”. pretty weird.

  10. Anousenka says:

    I know they aren’t. I meant storybooks that are in Russian. Sorry for not clarifying, lol.

  11. Uncle Sidney says:

    Very Beautiful. Imagine a world where there was nothing but beauty, love, good stories, and very, very low tax’s. Well that, free cable, good health care, and cops that weren’t shooting people all the time!

    I live in New York which some think is Heaven or the Emerald City. Actually it is,..for some. Perhaps a bit less than half or so. The rest of us make just get by. So this fantasy village looks good to me,…just add free cable tv, plumbing, and high speed modems, and I’ll move there.

  12. chiiba says:


    • David says:

      Yup – someone had to say it. Even though it says so in the article that they are processed. Even though it could hardly be more obvious. SOMEONE has to come out and say ‘photoshopped’. For what it is worth, i dont think these are over-processed either. They are processed to create a very nice fairy-tale atmosphere that is really beautiful. Very unreal and so much more haunting because of it. A fantastic page in fact! Thanks!

  13. humanoid says:

    Very beautiful, but don’t romanticize those buildings too much. They’re peasant huts. They are little better than a modern camping tent- maybe worse. It’s fun to visit historic villages, but it was never fun to live in them. There’s nothing beautiful about living in a small room with four or five other family members, no running water, no central heating, and a dirt floor.

  14. Daveecee says:

    Resident Evil 4

  15. meneame.net says:

    Una villa en Ucrania…

    Hermosa gallería de fotos de una villa cerca a Kiev (Ucrania). El fotografo: Alexander Mihailenko….

  16. Elle says:

    They’re just pictures, you guys. What’s the big deal? Why so critical? Just enjoy and stop being asses.

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  19. Jason says:

    Can we buy print of these pictures and who would I be able to buy them from? Let me know…

  20. Vegas Vic says:

    I live in Vegas so I like to take my vacations away from it all.

    It looks like a very peaceful place for a holiday.

  21. Sakura says:

    Overphotoshopped – I think they would have looked better if they looked more natural. And I agree with someone who said that living in a place like that would not be fun. I have lived in a small Russian village for a long time. No plumbing, no central heating, no indoor toilet (only outhouse), half-broken windows, no telephone or TV or internet or anything like that. In the summer it’s pretty and such, but in the winter when it gets below -20 Celcius it’s brutal. But the huts in your pictures are still beautiful. I just think people in North America have so much that they can’t possibly imagine what it would be like not having any of that. It’s not romantic in any way.

  22. PatrickB says:

    My first thought was that these are renders. Then, I checked out the Wiedzmin game site and…


  23. Andrew says:

    Why is it tagged ‘russian countryside’? This is in Ukraine, not Russia.

  24. Viskas says:

    This is fake. Wiedzmin is not Ukrainian name, it is Polish and stands for “Witcher”. Witcher is popular fantasy book and moovie in Poland as well as Russia. The Witcher computer game coming out next spring, ans some of the architecture in these images is VERY similar to screenshots of the game. So this most likely is concept art for game.


  25. ben says:

    why would i ever want to live there, it seams as though there is always a storm outside. i think that the only thing real about these picures are the paints that was used.

  26. [...] Una villa cerca a Kiev (Ucrania) tiene esta apariencia surreal como si fuera de la Tierra Media. Las fotos tienen un ligero retoque, pero nada arreglado. Es sorprendente que exista un lugar así, en nuestra época contemporánea. [...]

  27. hb says:

    Where exactly is the spirit of an old slavic village? Seems like spirit of some fantasy-roleplaying-game to me. Nice pics, though. Would be nice to see unedited shots.

  28. Simply amazing! I could stare at them for hours. I swear the pictures seem as if something fantastic were to happen at any moment.

  29. THIS_IS_HDR says:


  30. alext says:

    Some of these look like the open-air museum near Pereyaslav, about 1.5 hours outside of Kiev (to the SE i believe?). I visited there several years ago. the first three in particular. the third pic (the building with a balcony, and the windmill is in the background) – i took a picture with this building in particular.

    maybe someone knows if this is that museum?

  31. Mignon says:

    For a moment, set aside politics, reality, nationalism…see the work as the artist’s interpretation of a scene from the mind, whether for a game or from a memory. There were no claims of “authenticity.” There were no pretensions to borders. See the beauty of the colors, the mood, the use of known features in an unknown setting. Then you can return to your personal realities.

  32. bela says:

    Some look more fake than other, but all are pretty. But yes, better to look at than live in I do not doubt. The pictures do look pretty and romantic. Innacuracy does not make them ugly.

  33. benheartless says:

    I think they’re incredible for what they are. Art and technology in a most magical combination. It’s things like these that restore my faith in the relationship between mankind and his PC.

    Well done

  34. Petrina says:

    Very beautiful.

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  36. Ksenia says:

    Totally agree with Andrew (post #26). Moreover I do confirm that it is not a village neat Kyiv, but an open-air museum Pyrohovo. I do appreciate pictures from the side of art, but consider as irrespect to Ukraine and its culture tags and comments made by the author of the initial post.

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  38. stenbax says:

    wow, some highclass photos!

  39. general Public says:

    Village in the Ukraine, hah? Does this blog ever check their facts? Ever?

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  41. m00 says:

    Keep the Russian Xenophobism coming!

  42. Art Madrid says:

    WOW! is really amazing! I thought for a while that it was a set of a movie! I salute to he/she who took the pictures! Salutatins from Mexico!

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  44. Olga says:

    This is the ethnographic museum Pirogovo (Pyrohovo) 30 min from Kyiv, great place to wonder around. Someone may call it the village, but it’s the reserve that has these huts and mills brought from different parts of Ukraine.
    Of course the pics here are photoshoped, so don’t take it wrong.
    Here’s what wikipedia has to say about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrohiv_(Kiev)

  45. nikolai says:

    great pictures.

    and they are NOT fake.

    ok, maybe these particular ones are from a museum or something, but…


  46. Saharaovski says:

    I saw million like this houses in Ukrainian villages.

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  49. pawel says:

    OMG Photoshop ;/ Overprocessed :/

  50. Chupachupser says:

    Aww so beautiful, reminds me of the russian/Slavic fairytales from childhood..they should build new ones like this to celebrate our culture that is almost gone and forgotten.

  51. John Demyanyuk says:

    This place is called Pyrohovo (Пирогово), it’s an open-air museum near Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Museum gathered typical houses from all the regions of Ukraine. And there are a lot of windmills.
    You welcome to see it in your own eyes. By the way many nationalities (so-called developed countires) do not require visa for short tourist visit to Ukraine.

  52. Liontin says:

    One word from me, BEAUTIFUL…

  53. Whereisaron says:

    WOW i’m very amaze.

  54. Arie says:

    NICE PICTURE… thank you.

  55. Lov-Ell says:

    Very nice, but… there are a screens from game “Witcher” :)

  56. pol says:

    OMG it’s screen from polish game ‘Wiedzmin’
    the guy who’s published not so clever,HAHA, laugh

  57. mikolajm says:

    game screenz from The Witcher you noobz.

  58. qwerty says:


  59. fake photos says:

    it says Wiedzmin in the right bottom corner of those photos, look it up in Google :P They are not real :)

  60. mach says:

    OMG These pictures are not Ukrianian landscapes or from museum but from the PC game THE WITCHER(PL:Wiedźmin)!!! IT IS A FAKE and it’s “author” should be punished.

  61. fake_R says:

    F A K E
    You should try better.

  62. srytyty says:

    damned thieves

  63. Poland_Girl says:

    Fake. Check out “Wiedzmin” [is in photos! In corners!] in google. Does mean ‘the witcher’. It’s popular Polish video Game.


    wykop.pl pozdrawia.

  64. alor says:

    these are not photos, you asholes. These are screenshots from polish fantasy computer game: Witcher…

  65. ronin says:

    afe of corz this are from The Witcher cRPG, plus it is polish game

  66. Rob says:

    Screen shots from polish RPG game :) Good Job


  67. Chris says:

    That’s not from Ukraine. That’s not from anywhere. That’s from game! You’re funny!

  68. slav says:

    well, these images are from polish PC game titled “Wiedzmin”, not very nice to steal it…

  69. Shch00r says:

    Geez… Screens from Wiedzmin (The Witcher)… Does the staff even look on what is being published?

  70. wykopywacz says:


    overphotoshopped?! NO just rendered! :D

  71. prb says:

    these are screens from “the witcher” game, not photos 0_o.

  72. wiedzmin says:

    hahaha… real scam :)

  73. SQUIDWARD says:

    Is it me, or does this remind you of Resident Evil 4???

  74. Will says:

    WAAAYYYY too much photoshop on this flicks. shame too, really ruins them. otherwise these are some brilliant shots and what a fantastic location. again what a shame about the over-use of photoshop, a good photographer doesnt need it and if he/she does use it it’s only to enhance or crop. these have become something else, post-production, and it pains me because they are such apt shots. what a SHAME.

  75. nemo107 says:

    come to romania and you will see villages like this all over ardeal transilvania, maramures or other counties. they are quite beautiful and in tune with the fairy natural sorroundings

  76. Anon. says:

    Reminds me of the German movie KRABAT. Anyone seen it? It’s pretty good.

  77. Gusten says:

    Reminds me of Tim Burtons Sleepy Hollow.

  78. Ukr-Architect says:

    There are from an Architectural folk Museum. Perogova. It is one of the best outdoor museum in the world

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  80. Vio says:

    Perhaps people should check their facts before attempting to “correct” others’. This is in fact an ancient village in the Ukraine just South of Kiev called Pyrohiv. It was settled in the bronze age and has since been restored and is now open to the public as an “open air” museum. Also, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as a filmmaker I find the photographs to be incredibly inspirational

  81. Roman says:

    Great pictures :) Ukraine is also great!
    Come to Kyiv and we’ll show you all these buildings, they are real. :)
    Check here:

  82. Taupey says:

    Fantastic,Otherworldly and Alive!

  83. traxx says:

    And you, sir, are an obscure twat.

  84. sickie says:

    photoshoped… but nice!

  85. brushedsun says:

    These have real soul

  86. enozth says:

    Thank you for your content.

  87. enigamI says:

    …to all people with the ‘photoshop -> fail’ attitude: these pictures represent something that you’re obviously failing to see…let me put it like this… imagine Photoshop doesn’t exist and you see this pictures..what will you think about them in that case?

    …they are just astonishing…

  88. Angiie x3 says:

    I lyke your photoshop skills hunnie!
    Very nice and creative!
    Even though my friend ***Anthony** is so much more better! But I would lyke to be as good as youh!
    If I had time in my life of course. But no.
    Keep up the good work on photoshop!
    Maybe someday youh can teach me **wink, wink**

  89. Lani says:

    I hate to burst your bubble. But I’m from Ukraine and yes there are some people that still live in similar houses. But if I’m not mistaken some of this pictures from Piragov, beautiful museum-village where people like to celebrate some Slavic holidays like jumping across fire or finding fern flower.
    Somebody wrote about wanting there free cable tv, plumbing, and high speed modems so they can live there. You would be in luck if you find ONE old phone there, because most of the time mobiles don’t have signals there. And some people live across old cemeteries, there one with old black trees. Yuck

  90. stephen says:

    Those photos are pretty sloppily composed and exposed, IMO

    Bad choice of focal length/lens, these would do much better shot with a long lens to create some compression.
    And without the god-awful HDR processing, almost to the point that I can’t tell if they’re photographs or digital renderings.

  91. Meno says:

    Anyone else see the face in the sky just above the tree on the right in picture #2?

  92. wordinvestor says:

    Realy very very good pics.I realy like these pictures.

  93. VanDraka says:

    STOP BEING NEGATIVE and just appreciate the pics for what they are! sacre bleu the haters here and those looking to haughtily correct others is overwhelming! Be nice you guys…the blogger just wanted to share something awesome with us and fake or not, it’s stunning. <3

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  95. Martins says:

    Photo is make great, but its make in photoshop :(

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    Great Pictures!

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