Sokyryany district is an enchanting part of Bukovina. First of all it attracts by wonderful landscapes, slopes along the Dnister, green forests, luxuriant spring blooming and the generosity of autumn gardens.
Sokyryany district is located in the Eastern part of Chernivtsi oblast. It borders on Kelmentsi district in the West, Khmelnytskiy oblast in the North, Vynnitsya oblast in the East and the Republic of Moldova in the South. The district territory is 668 sq. km.
The administrative center is the town of Sokyryany located 150 km from Chernivtsi. The well-known town of Novodnistrovsk is located here mostly populated by hydro-constructors, people who built the Dnistrovske water reservoir. Tourists can get to either of these towns by railway or by paved road. Sokyryany train station serves trains going from and to Moscow, Kiev, Kishiniv, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi. There are also bus routes to many cities and to the capital of Ukraine. During the summer travelers make use of boats running along the Dnister reservoir.
Korman is the first village on the right bank of the Dnister 40 km to the North-West from Sokyryany. The first historic record about the village was found in some documents dating back to XVIII century. People who live there consider 1980 a new birthday of the village. The old village appeared in the flooded area of Dnistrovskaya hydro power station. Its population was resettled to new modern houses built on a flat hill surrounded by forests, which is now one of the most beautiful villages in Bukovyna.
Close to new Korman there is a fishing center on the banks of a several-kilometer-wide reservoir. Many various fish species can be found in the reservoir some of which are the catfish, carp, bream, perch and others. It is possible not only to fish here but also to have a good rest and to stay in houses arranged for fishermen overnight. Travelers may also set up a tent at the edge of an ancient forest where not only mushrooms but also raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and nuts grow. Healing water will help still the thirst.
The forests of Sokyryany district cover almost 14,000 hectares being home for the wild bore, fox, hare, duck, and others.
Close to Korman stretching to the Dnister there are Kulishivka and Vitrianka villages. Remains of Tripilski and Cherniavski cultures, settlements and villages of Kiev Rus times were discovered on their territories.
In Kulishivka tourists can visit the wonderful garden started by the nature lover and botanist Ivan Bilianin. He cultivated hundreds of various fruit and ornamental plants, as well as dozens of beautiful flowers on his household plot.
There are also St. Nicolas cave monastery, church and cells restored by monks not far from Neporotov village at Galitsa farmstead.
If you happen to be in Selishe, make sure to visit the local lore museum established at the initiative of the veteran teacher Nadija Boiko. Its exhibits will tell you about settlements of II-IV centuries B.C. found round the village, as well as of the history and culture of the area.
If you visit Novodnistrovsk, the town of hydraulic power engineers, Dnistrovskaya hydroelectric power station and its artificial mountain lake will be of interest for you as well.
The Dnister River has a steep right bank near Lomachintsi. Water mills were functioning here for two centuries providing grinding for neighbouring villages. One of these mills is now displayed in Kyiv Museum of History and Household.
Voloshkove village is the last village of the district located on the right bank of the Dnister. Five sites of late Paleolithic settlements of Tripilska and Cherniavska cultures were also found near it. It will take you some 10-20 minutes to get from Voloshkove to Sokyryany by any transport.
SOKYRYANY FROM THE SPACE
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