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“Ethnical retreat in a busy city”

Mamajeva Sloboda Open Air Museum
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Owner description: About UsIn the middle of XVII century a French engi­neer and cartographer Guillaume Le Vasseur de Beauplan said: “Ukraina est Terra Cosacorum” – “Ukraine is a Land of Cos­sacks”. That’s why in seven kilometers from Khreschatyk an open­air museum – a Cossack village “Mamajeva Sloboda” – has been located. Its thematic exhibits are situated on the 9,2 hectares site and represent a full replica of a historical settlement depicting Ukrainian nature, architecture and the way of life.What is special about the open-air museumOver three hundred years ago this land was in the possession of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. In the oak-grove above the Lybid River head approximately in the same place of the present “Mamajeva Sloboda” the monastery apiary with a farmstead and a pond were situated.Few centuries have passed and again we can see the picturesque holts twining there about meadows as scrub hedgerows and creating a landscape of a typical for the Central Ukraine unique view of valley. Nowadays the Cossack village called “Mamajeva Sloboda” stands on that particular place – among the curly cherry orchards surrounded by wattle fences.In the center of the architectural ensemble which consists of 98 units a Cossack three-domed wooden church is located. The Cossack church is founded in the name of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and is similar to the one built at Zaporozhian Sich in the days of Bohdan-Zinoviy Khmelnytskyi.Near the main entrance gate a mound is raised with a Scythian statue of Mamaj on the top. Not far from the church there is a wind-mill – the symbol of peaceful agricultural Ukraine. In “Mamajeva Sloboda” one can see the estates of a Churchwarden, of a Cossack-dzhura (Cossack armour bearer), of a Sotnik (the Cossack’s superior), of a Blacksmith with a smithy, of a Potter with a pottery, of a Fortune-teller; a shynok (Ukrainian restaurant), an apiary and a watermill as well – all of them are situated over two rushy lakes cov-ered with water lilies. The estates consist of different buildings according to their household functions. They are: storehouses, sheds, stables, cellars, barns, cart-houses, etc. This traditional Ukrainian landscape is supplemented with the Mar-ketplace, the Military chancellery and a Cossack garrison.The objects of “Mamajeva Sloboda” are used by the method of reproduction of the living history according to their original functions – with the aim to popularize and revive the original Ukrainian folk traditions, customs, rites, forgotten labor skills and handicrafts.A little of official informationThe ethnology centre “Cossack Mamaj” was registered as a legal personality on the 9th of July, 1990. Kyiv City Council transferred the plot of land to the museum for the permanent land use with the first in the Ukrainian history judicial decision.From the time of this decision up to the inauguration of “Mamajeva Sloboda” 19 years had passed. The first visitors were officially invited on the 9th of July 2009 (the photo report is possible to see in the gallery (ukr. version)).
Reviewed January 11, 2012

For all who have interest in ukrainian rural heritage its a must visit POI.
First of all the place is made by enthusiasts. It's more compact, better organized and managed "version" of Pyrogovo folk museum.
The idea was to rebuilt a traditional ukrainian village of 17-18 century. Everything from a wooden church to a traditional huts, craftsmen yards and village eatery makes authentic feeling of traditional ukrainian countryside. The place is pleasant itself. Pretty far from a busy & noisy streets in a park side.
You can get inside barely every building on site, and look over real interiors, furniture, utensils handpicked or restored.
Craft yards propose to try yourself as potter or blacksmith. Restaurant proposes not cheap but 100% authentic ukrainian old-style cuisine-best seats are outside: on wooden tables under the cherry and pear treas.
Every weekend and on important religious or traditional holidays they have special programs or festivals: horse shows, music , fire shows etc.
They have English speaking guides also.
Public transport connection can be tricky. Better take a taxi (it'll be 15 minutes from a very city centre)
My verdict: visit it. 3-4 hours including lunch on site will be ok.

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Reviewed October 12, 2011

The village is very entertaining, with various activities on offer. From a simple individual to the participation in a master-class (pottery, dolls, varenyki, etc) or your own treasure hunt, there are many ways to enjoy the village. The guide we had (Lyudmila) spoke perfect English, and was very knowledgeable about cossacks traditions. She knew many entertaining anecdotes that made the visit very enjoyable. Being privately owned as opposed to Pirohovo, it feels a little bit like Disneyland, but suits well the taste of foreign tourists. the food in the shinok was very tasty, and the choices available in food and drinks set you back in time. I will return with other guests.

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