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Village of Giyivka (now it is a part of town of Lyubotin) was the first stop during our two-day bike trip over old Ukrainian estates in Kharkivska oblast (province). They are located mainly along the line of 50° in latitude, between Kharkiv city and urban village of Krasnokutsk (the westernmost regional administrative center in the oblast).

St. Mikolay church (1843) is only building that remains from the big estate of Sviatopolk-Mirsky princely family (Dmitry Ivanovich, Nikolay Ivanovich, Pyotr Dmitrievich and Dmitry Petrovich Mirsky). Other buildings of the estate are situated on the opposite bank of the Merefa River. The main building (palace) was used as a club-house (palace of culture, as such institutions were called during the Soviet period). It was severely damaged by a fire several years ago and needs thorough repairs.

GPS coordinates: 49.91780 Lat, 35.94850 Long, 144 m

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