Ukraine: Uzhgorod

Made it to Uzhgorod in the fathers west of Ukraine, right near the Slovak and Hungarian borders and 800km from Kiev. Uzhgorod is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, founded in the 9th century. For almost its entire history it was a Hungarian town with mostly ethnically Hungarian population until the 19th century when the mixing of other groups began. It’s a very pretty town, set on many hills and a meandering river. Massive Uzhgorod Castle towers above everything, but there are also plenty of spectacular churches and cathedrals. There is also an absolutely stunning old synagogue (now a theater). Also, further out of town is a unique stone church, St Anne’s Rotonda, dating all the way to 13th century, the only such stone church from that period in Ukraine.