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...more
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...more
Delegations or groups coming to Illyria (which happens very rarely) are usually invited to school for a welcoming meeting. The school building is on the picture. It is a nine-year secondary school. All in all, there are 55 school students here. They have self-governance at school and their school community is called Periwinkle Country. The...more
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 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.