Illiriya Travel Guide

  • Enjoying the village views from the hill
    Enjoying the village views from the hill
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  • Walking about Illyria
    Walking about Illyria
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  • Steppe sweetbrier, Big Canyon
    Steppe sweetbrier, Big Canyon
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Illiriya Things to Do

  • Steppe Plants

    There are a lot of wild plants out in the steppe: - wild carnation;- thyme;- feather grass (Stipa);- sweetbrier;- houseleeks, or liveforever that is also called “hens and chickens” (Sempervivum).As my friends Nada says, Sempervivum it has recently been re-classified as Dudleya.The hills are covered with lots of feather grass and other rare plants.

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  • Explore the Steppe

    This is what you feel like doing when you look around standing in the village center.There are many hills that can be seen from the cathedral entrance.It's nice to see the huge pieces of stratified stone at the brink of the hill located in Peace Street (“ulitsa meera” in Russian) near the old village cemetery.It is very easy to climb the hill.The...

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  • The Village Council

    Sovietskaya Street is the main street of the village. It is asphalted, but not to the end of the street.The building of the Village Council is located in Sovetskaya Street.It is one of the oldest houses in the village dating back to the second half of the 19th century. It used to belong to the landlord.The council itself occupies the second floor...

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Illiriya Restaurants

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    by hunterV Updated Oct 4, 2010

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    This bar is quite a decent one, with draft beer, lots of other drinks and dishes just like in a city.
    You can buy food in the store next door and ask the bartender Tatiana to cook some dishes for you or merely have tea like my friend and I.

    Favorite Dish: Ukrainian varenyky.

    Inside the village bar, Illyria, Ukraine Inside the village bar, Illyria, Ukraine Inside the village bar, Illyria, Ukraine Inside the village bar, Illyria, Ukraine Having some tea at the village bar
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Illiriya Nightlife

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    by hunterV Updated May 24, 2010

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    Like in many towns and cities, teenagers and young people of Illyria tend to get together outside of the village bar and stand or sit there drinking their beer and talking.
    There is a table and a beer tent outside the bar to the left of the entrance.
    On weekends they gather at the village club and have a disco there.

    Dress Code: casual and warm

    At the village shop The village club welcomes you on weekends! A view of the village My friend Gary and I at the village cathedral A beer tent in Uspenka at the turning to Illyria
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Illiriya Transportation

  • Exploring the Steppe

    It was fun to explore the steppe around Illyria.Thank God we have a very good local friend Basil who took us around in his car.There are a lot of earth roads, so if the weather is dry enough, you can drive safely.Thanks to Basil we found the place called Bronze Age Pyramids.The steppe is really worth visiting.However, the winds can be immense.The...

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  • One Hour+ Drive

    The buses to Illyria depart from the bus station for local buses located opposite the railway station.at 7.16 a.m., 12.03, 3.10 p.m., 5.47 p.m. (about one hour drive) and from Illyria to Luhansk: at 5.40 a.m., 8.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m., 4.25 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. You can also get to Luhansk via Lutugino, the county center.The yellow Ukrainian bus called...

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  • How to Get There

    You can get to Illyria by bus from Luhansk railway station.The bus stop is near the bridge and the cafe located opposite the building of the railway station.The distance to Illyria from Luhansk is about 30 miles. You can also get there by cab.The cab drivers charge more outside the city boundary for their services. A day trip to Illyria from...

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Illiriya Shopping

  • More Shopping

    The shops are located in the main street adjoining Sovietskaya Street.To my surprise, they offer lots of goods, just as much as the shops in the neighboring town do. food products 10-50 UAH

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  • Like in a City

    This is one of the five shops in the village.You can buy lots of things here, even ice-cream, beer, food, almost anything, like in a town. food, drinks UAH (hryvnia)

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Illiriya Local Customs

  • The War Memorial

    Like in many other villages, there is a common grave of the fallen soldiers who perished for the liberation of the village from the Nazi invaders in 1943. The war memorial is located next to the village club.The memorial commemorates the 286 villagers who fought at the fronts of the Second World War.Among them 166 persons fell in battles and 258...

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  • Attending the Public Worship

    Like in many other villages, attending a liturgy on Sundays is a must here (not for all the villagers, though). I would say there are more passive believers than the active ones.Lots of villagers seem to be too busy with their chores to attend the liturgy.So don't be surprised if you see just a few people attending the service.The cathedral is...

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  • Flower-Beds of Illyria

    There are flower-beds in Sovietskaya Street opposite the village council and in front of the store.They look nice in summer.

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Illiriya Warnings and Dangers

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    by hunterV Updated Oct 2, 2010

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    Be careful when you leave this village at night.
    The road to the county center is hardly lit and there are lots of pot-holes here and there...
    You have to rely on your automobile lights.

    By car back to Luhansk at night! Approaching Illyria by car A view of the village from the neighboring hills A view of the village from the neighboring hills Domestic animals in the streets
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Illiriya Tourist Traps

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    by hunterV Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    The absence of a hotel is the only tourist trap I can think of.
    If you happen to come here, no problem.
    Your new friends will help you, among them Nickolay, the village mayor.
    He keeps telling me his family has one extra room in their house and would be glad to receive a foreign visitor.
    They live in Garden Street (ulitsa Sadovaya).

    Unique Suggestions: Anyhow, contact the village council office in Sovietskaya Street.
    You are sure to find all necessary help there.

    Fun Alternatives: You can also return to the county center - the city of Lutuhine and stay overnight there, although there is no hotel in the county center either. You can only rent an apartment there.

    Nick received us at his office By bus from Illyria At Nick's office Mir Street One of the oldest houses in Illyria (uninhabited)
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Illiriya What to Pack

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    by hunterV Written May 25, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: a good rucksack for your hiking tour of the nearby hills

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: good walking shoes

    Photo Equipment: bring your own film if necessary

    Walking along Post Street Choose your hiking route Walking towards the cathedral Walking along Sovietskaya Street On the way to the village hill in Post Street

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Illiriya Off The Beaten Path

  • Future Archeological Park

    The ancient archeological site is officially called The Marl Ridge, although the stones are not exactly marl.It is also called The Stonehenge of Luhansk and The Second Great Wall of China. Its dimensions are impressive: about 1.3 square kilometers, which is not the entire area of the site.The archeological excavations began in 2005. Now this place...

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  • The River Vilkhova

    The River Vilkhova (the Olkhovka in Russian, the Alder River in English) is the right tributary of the Luhanka, the river on which Luhansk stands.It is mostly less than a meter deep.Within Illyria its depth reaches from two to three meters.The river flows mostly in villagers' gardens.There are two bridges across the village on the territory of...

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  • Ancient Site

    We have discovered this place recently after reading numerous articles about it.Thanks to my friend Basil in Illyria we found it rather fast. He took us there in his car, but had to look for it.Here is an article about it in Guardian:Bronze Age pyramid found in Ukraine Tom Parfitt in MoscowFriday September 8, 2006The Guardian Archaeologists in...

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Illiriya Sports & Outdoors

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    by hunterV Updated Oct 6, 2010

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    Hiking and cycling are very popular here.
    There are hills around the village, about 5 km away.
    The hills there are 220-240 m above sea level, so you can have a beautiful panorama of the entire village in fine weather.

    Equipment: a good mountain bike

    The views from the Villahe Hill are great! A view from the hill 260 m high, Illyria, Ukraine My friend and I would like to come back! The old quarry was our destination too The village hill in Mir Street: nice views!
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Illiriya Favorites

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    by hunterV Updated May 20, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The village stands on the banks of the River Olkhovka, a tributary of the Luhanka that is a trubitary of the Seversky Donets.
    This is small river whose waters are full in spring.
    The majority of the village houses are located on its right bank.
    The river is very shallow and the wise locals never bather in it, although the water seems pure enough.
    However, they don't mind a picnic or a BBQ at the riverbank.

    The Olkhovka in Illyria, Luhansk region The Olkhovka in Illyria, Luhansk region The Olkhovka in Illyria, Luhansk region Visiting the rapids at the Olkhovka The Olkhovka in Illyria, Luhansk region
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