At Bancheny Monastery, Hertsa District
Monument to those who died for free Ukraine, Hlyboka
Dniester canyon, Kelmentsi District
A pond in Shypyntsi, Kitsman District
Landscape, Novoselytsia District
Polonynska Vatra Festival, Putyla District
Galytsya Men's Cave Monastery, Sokyriany District
Myhove Recreation and Tourist Center, Vyzhnytsia District
Nimchych Mountain Pass, border of Vyzhnytsia and Putyla Dist.
Dniester canyon on the border of Zastavna District
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Bukovyna is a very diverse land. In different times its territory was shared between Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russian Empire, Romania, Ottoman Empire, Moldavian Principality, the USSR. All this has strongly reflected on the culture and mentality in its different parts.
Today's Chernivtsi Oblast consists of 11 Districts and 2 stand-alone cities, Chernivtsi (the region's capital) and Novodnistrovsk with its renowned hydro power plant. Three Districts are fully (Putyla) or partly (Vyzhnytsia and Storozhynets) located in the Carpathians. Four Districts touch the Dniester river (Zastavna, Khotyn, Kelmentsi Sokyriany). Yet 8 are adjacent to Ukraine's national borders (Putyla, Vyzhnytsia, Storozhynets, Hlyboka, Hertsa, Novoselytsia, Kelmentsi and Sokyriany).
Each District has its own flag and coat of arms reflecting its history, values and strengths and has a lot of sights to offer for visiting.
Hertsa District is located in the South-Eastern part of Chernivtsi Oblast. The District borders on Romania and lies on the oldest trade crossroad. This crossroad stretched from the North Russian principality to the Danube River and the Black Sea across the Carpathian Mountain crossings to Central European countries. The District population is 33,000. The District resource base includes brick and tile raw materials, gravel and sand mixtures, mineral water springs and beech and hornbeam forests. The District's administrative center is Hertsa, a town located 35 km from Chernivtsi, which is the oldest town of the Oblast. The first records about the town of Hertsa date back to 1437.
Hlyboka District is located in the southern part of Chernivtsi Oblast covering the area of 686 sq. km. The District borders on Romania in the South, Storozhynets District of Chernivtsi Oblast in the West and Hertsa District of Chernivtsi Oblast in the East. The administrative center is Hlyboka settlement.
Kelmentsi District is located in the forest and steppe zone between the Prut and the Dniester Rivers. The District borders on Kamianets-Podilsk District of Khmelnytskiy Oblast in the North (along the right bank of the Dniester), Sokyriany District in the East, Khotyn District in the West, Novoselytsia District in the South-West and on Bricheni District of the Republic of Moldova in the South.
Khotyn District is located in the North-Eastern part of Chernivtsi oblast. It borders on Novoselytsia District in the South, Kelmentsy District in the East, Zastavna District in the West and Ternopil and Khmelnitskiy Oblasts in the North. The Northern border goes along the Dniester river. The District occupies 717 sq. km. The administrative center is the ancient town of Khotyn located 69 km afar from Chernivtsi.
Kitsman District is located in the South-West part of the forest and steppe area of Chernivtsi Oblast and borders on Vyzhnytsia, Zastavna and Storozhynets Districts of the Oblast occupying the territory of 60.8 sq. km.
The District's territory is the smallest one in the whole Oblast. It stretches for 20 km from the West to the East and 40 km from the North to the South. Main roads connect all villages of the District.
Novoselytsia District is located in the South-Eastern part of Chernivtsi Oblast, on the left bank of the Prut River, in a forest and steppe area occupying the territory of 738 sq. km, which constitutes 9% of the Oblast's territory. It stretches 50 km from the West to the East and 20 km from the North to the South. The District's territory lies on a flat area between the Prut and Dniester rivers. Forests previously occupied a significantly larger area but currently take about 3851 hectares, which is only 5.2% of the total District's area. The District population is 88,000 people. A distinctive feature of the District is its multi-ethnic residents. Chernivtsi-Kiyv railway and Chernivtsi-Kishinev-Odessa highway pass through the District.
Putyla District is situated in the South-West of Chernivtsi Oblast, one of the highest part of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains, and borders on Romania. The District's territory stretches for over 900 sq. km about 63% of which are covered with forests. The District's population is 26,700 people. The administrative center is the settlement of Putyla located 120 km away from Chernivtsi. The District directly communicates to neighbouring Romania through 2 admission points one of which is used for passenger cars.
Sokyriany District is an enchanting part of Bukovina. First of all, it attracts by wonderful landscapes, slopes along the Dniester, green forests, luxuriant spring blooming and the generosity of autumn gardens.
The District is located in the Eastern part of Chernivtsi Oblast. It borders on Kelmentsi District in the West, Khmelnytskiy Oblast in the North, Vynnitsya Oblast in the East and the Republic of Moldova in the South. The District's territory is 668 sq. km.
The District's territory makes 903.4 sq. km, which is 11.2% of the territory of Chernivtsi Oblast. The District's population totals approx. 58,900 people, or 6.2% of all Oblast's residents. Most people (67.8%) live in the countryside. The District is highly multi-ethnic.
The main tourist and recreational opportunities are provided by Vyzhnytsia National Nature Park and natural monuments of the Protyate Kaminnya stone massif with its Sokolyne Oko (Falcon's Eye) rock located within the range of a one-day tourist route. There are also numerous waterfalls on the Vyzhenka river, as well as natural mineral water springs.
Zastavna District is located North of Chernivtsi, between the Prut and the Dniester. The District territory is 618 square kilometers, which is 7.6 % of the Oblast's territory. The District borders on Khotyn and Novoselytsa Districts in the East, Kitsman District in the West, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in the North-West and Ternopil Oblast in the North, where the Dniester serves as a natural border.
The District's administrative center is the town of Zastavna. Its name is connected with the history of Galitia-and-Volyn principality. Zastavna means a town placed "za stavami" (Eng. "behind the ponds") on the trade road heading from the ancient town of Vasyliv to Chernivtsi in the upper part of the Sovytsya River. The District's economy is mainly based on agriculture and fishery.
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