There is something wonderful about windmills and lighthouse. Recently I went to Pirogovo which lies at the southern end of Kiev. You can take a marshrutka there, take a taxi or drive. By car the this little gem of a place is not more than 30 minutes drive from the city centre. It is well hidden as most interesting places in Ukraine are. You have to look carefully for a sign ‘Muzey‘ under trees to find your way. When the weather is nice Pirogovo is probably is a delightful place to relax, take a walk and enjoy the peace so close to the city with friends and family.
Things you’ll see
Various types of houses, churches and mills either brought from or constructed as originals from different regions of Ukraine. The construction of Pirogovo began only in 1969 but the look and feel of 17th and 18th centuries have been successfully recreated. Inside the houses there are usually souvenir shops. Inside the churches you can see icons, old altars and other religious items. You can also get a guided tour (ask at the entrance).
Things to do
There are several restaurants and cafes as well as a shashlik place so you can rest and try all kinds of traditional Ukrainian food. The craftsmen also have a little market there.
I found it to be a truly wonderful place of serene tranquillity. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops selling handmade table cloths, embroidery, shoes, wooden kitchenware, accessories, sculptures, pictures, hats and much much more. You can also take a ride in a horse carriage for 30 UAH for a ride that lasts about 15 minutes.
If you like architecture and serene surroundings then this place is definitely not to be missed! Not only just architecture, this place of outstanding natural beauty. There are hundreds of delightful landscapes to photograph. This place is full natural woodland and beautiful flowers amongst many other things.
The territory of historic Pirogovo now serves as the location of a 1.5-square-kilometre (370-acre) outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. Founded in 1969, the museum contains over 300 pieces of folk architecture brought here from all parts of Ukraine and carefully reassembled. The picturesque hill with several windmills is the museum centrepiece and the entire territory of the museum is divided into sectors, each representing the folk architecture and life of a specific Ukrainian region.
Homes, buildings of small trade, commerce and local administration, and old wooden village churches contain authentic items that represent the everyday lifestyle of Ukrainian villagers and town folks. Local volunteers and modern Ukrainian artisans selling their wares dress in old-style clothes and demonstrate the use of authentic everyday items to visitors.
Pirogovo museum has been accorded the status of State Museum of Ukraine and is affiliated with the Institute of Arts, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Hope you will have the opportunity to visit this place one day!