Today, we’re launching Ukraine is Here, a new collection on Google Arts & Culture that allows anyone to explore my country’s rich culture and traditions. This showcase of Ukraine’s unwavering spirit is a collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, and 10 other partners, including the National Art Museum of Ukraine, National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum” and The Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine.
Our work with Ukraine’s cultural institutions began five years ago, with the aim of making the culture of my homeland more accessible to everyone, everywhere through technology. And today, thanks to local partners — and despite many challenges — we’re able to bring more treasures, stories, and artists from Ukraine to a global audience. This unique collection presents authentic and interactive stories about Ukrainian culture, art, architecture and landscape through music, video, Street View imagery collected before the war, 3D models and virtual galleries — for the first time, all in one place.
Discover the famous and more hidden gems of the capital Kyiv, such as a unique, Art Nouveau-style mansion, the House with Chimeras or landmarks listed by UNESCO World Heritage. These include famous wooden churches and the Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans, which spreads over 12 hectares in the northwestern part of Chernivtsi.
Sunflowers, or soniashnyk, have been grown in Ukraine since the mid 18th century and their presence across villages and countryside have made the sunflower an unofficial national symbol. But Ukraine has more natural beauty to offer. More than 600,000 square kilometers are home to magnificent national parks and biosphere reserves. Enjoy breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Dovbush Rocks, Makovytsia Mountain or Uzhansky Park, all located in the Eastern Carpathians, a territory covered with the biggest and oldest oaks in Ukraine, along with ancient beech forests — all protected by UNESCO.