Polonynska Vatra annual festival in Putyla
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.
Typical landscape of Putyla District
The District is one of the most beautiful parts of Bukovyna. People living there are generous, kind and hospitable. They have excellent traditions. The District has a lot of architecture and history monuments, as well as unique nature. This is the land of century-old forests where spruce and beech trees dominate. There are more than 50 types of plants growing in the forests with arnica, medick herb, St.-John's wort, forest lily and edelweiss among them.
The Putylka river flowing into the Cheremosh, somewhere between Putyla and Roztoky
The animal world of the District is characterized by great variety. The Carpathian deer, roe, wild bore, fox, squirrel, hedgehog, hare, badger live in the forests. The swallow, titmouse, woodpecker, pigeon, owl, bullfinch can be met among the bird species.
A deer near Selyatyn, a village in Putyla District
Mountains and steep ridges go high into the sky. The beautiful sounds of rivers resound in the gorges. The king trout plays in the crystal-clear streams.
Smuharsky waterfalls near Roztoky village
Putyla urban village is located in a picturesque valley among the mountains. The Putylka river, the largest tributary of the Cheremoch, flows there.
The center of Putyla
Entrance to Yuriy Fedkovych Museum in Putyla
St. John church in Putyla
The greater portion of Putyla District is the mountainous area located in the very South-West of the region. The Yarovytsya Mountain (1,574 m), Zhupani (1,488 m) and Chornij Dil (1,452 m) being the highest points of the Bukovynian Carpathians can be found there.
The Yarovytsya mountain
Sheep pasturing in meadows around Putyla
Typical Carpathian Lizhnyky
There are more than 20 history and architecture monuments in the district ranking as its historical heritage:
The Oleksa Dovbush cave, which is a historical evidence of events from the XVIII century;
Near the cave
Hirske Oko (the Mountain Eye), a vivid mountain lake of natural origin about 1,5 km East of Nyzhni Yalovets village, around 1000 m above the sea level.
Hirske Oko lake, Putyla District
Nimchych mountain pass located at the junction of three districts, namely Putyla, Vyzhnytsia Districts of Chernivtsi Oblast and Kosiv District of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. A wide mountain valley panorama with the Cheremosh can be seen from the pass.
View from the top of the Nimchych mountain pass on Pidzakharychi village
The Kamyana Bahachka rock located in Ust-Putyla village on the left side of the road. The rock is also called the Damned rock due to a legend that lives in Putyla.
In Putyla there is the memorial manor of Yuriy Fedkovych, a Ukrainian literature personality. The house was built at the beginning of the XVIII century. St. Nicolas church is an architectural monument located 60 meters from the estate. Yuriy Fedkovych granted a parcel of his own land to build the church in 1886.
Yuriy Fedkovych's manor museum
There is one of the oldest wooden constructions in the village of Selyatyn on the very border with Romania, the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary church of XVII century built without any use of a single nail.
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary church in Selyatyn
Traditional yearly celebration of Vykhid na Polonynu ("Coming out to mountain meadow") is held in Putyla during the last week of May.
Vykhid na Polonynu festival in Putyla
Selyatyn in the winter
Putyla on Google Maps