The rich culture of Ukraine awaits you in this comprehensive, immersive online hub

That ongoing war in Ukraine has made it difficult, and in many cases dangerous, to experience the country’s rich cultural offerings. Museums, historical buildings, monuments, religious sites and libraries were destroyed or damaged.

That makes a comprehensive new online presentation of Ukrainian art, culture and heritage all the more significant. At a time when tourism is out of the question, Google Arts & Culture’s Ukraine Is Here initiative immerses everyone, everywhere, in the country’s rich culture.

Ukraine is Here lets you explore the swirls of color in paintings like Victor Palmov’s The Beach in minute detail.

Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

The collection brings to life – in one place – the art, architecture, music, theatre, historical landmarks and national parks of Ukraine through videos, virtual galleries, immersive 360-degree augmented reality tours, 3D models and Street View imagery previously were collected to live the war.

For example, you can go to Kyiv to see the House of Chimeras, a unique Art Nouveau mansion where official presidential and diplomatic ceremonies are held. You can visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as St. Sophia Cathedral, a monument of 11th-century Byzantine and Ukrainian Baroque architecture, as well as paintings and mosaics. (Fortunately, according to the United Nations Organization, no Unesco World Heritage sites appear to have been damaged in the war yet.)

Outside the capital you can get a wide bird’s-eye view of the ancient and primeval beech forests of the Eastern Carpathians, which are also home to the largest and oldest oak trees in Ukraine. Or climb one of the highest peaks around Yaremche to enjoy the scenic mountain scenery.

Uzhansky National Park in the Eastern Carpathians. Ukraine is home to more than 600,000 square kilometers of national parks and biosphere reserves.

Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

Virtual exhibitions highlighting traditional and avant-garde art let you scroll through exquisitely detailed, high-resolution images of paintings such as David Burliuk’s richly allegorical early 20th-century creation The Time, in which a passenger on a train going off the tracks a country embodied in chaos. It is housed in the Dnepropetrovsk Art Museum in the Oblast.

And you can learn all about Ukrainian folk costumes and jewelry, and hear moving Ukrainian folk music sung by a group of babushkas. Given the tumult and displacement that has plagued the eastern European country since February’s invasion of Russia, her jagged harmonies have an added poignancy.

Ukraine Is Here partners include the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the National Museum of Art of Ukraine and the Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine. First Lady Olena Zelenska has also lent her support.

“Our culture is not just ours. This is the legacy of the entire civilized world,” the president’s wife said in a statement. “When a country loses its cultural values, the whole world loses. So let’s preserve, increase, observe, admire, google Ukrainian culture and thus enrich the world.”

Google Arts & Culture expands the reach of international culture by digitizing art, artifacts and heritage sites around the world. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available on the web, iOS and Android.

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