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Kiev, Ukraine

Stretching over the western outskirts of Bila Tserkva, not far from Kyiv, the Dendropark Oleksandriya is considered to be one of the most beautiful and charming landscape parks in the country. Created by the best European architects and gardeners, it is a vivid monument of landscape art of the 18th-19th centuries. Oleksandriya occupies a territory of 200 hectares and is, therefore, the largest landscape park in Ukraine and one of the largest ones in Eastern Europe. It is always full of guests, who are attracted by special atmosphere and an opportunity to escape the urban hustle and bustle in splendid natural surroundings.

The landscape park was named after Aleksandra von Engelhardt, the own niece of the Prince Grigory Potyomkin and the lady-in-waiting of Catherine the Great, who received the mansion in Bila Tserkva as a present from her husband, crown hetman of Poland Ksawery Branicki. Being amazed by luxurious parks in European capitals, she decided to create an as beautiful and elegant landscape park in her residence. However, on the contrary to prim park complexes of the Old World with stiffly cut trees and ideally straight lanes, the countess wanted to make the landscape of her park as close to natural as possible. She didn’t strive to change local nature, rather to bring some order in it, highlighting its beauty and richness.

Construction of the Oleksandriya Park started in the second half of the 18th century. It was coordinated by a famous French architect. Park’s compositions were based on the existing forest-steppe landscape with natural oak plantations. It was dilute with exotic plants, which were ordered from Europe and America by mansion’s master. At the same time, the works on general beautification of the arboretum were carried out: architectural constructions, bronze and marble sculptures, made by famous Russian and foreign masters, decorative compositions of large boulders and artificial earthen hills were harmoniously interwoven in its landscape. Cascades of ponds with pure spring water, original waterfalls, fountains, and arched bridges have been created on the landscape complex’s territory.

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