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Welcome to Illyria!:)

The village of Illyria, Luhansk region, Ukraine, has a long history. It was founded by Zaporizhia Cossacks in 1675 as the village of Rylovka. It was called after the nearby Cossack burial mould of Rylock. The village area served as the winter lodge of Ukrainian Cossacks. The State of the Ukrainian Cossacks was brought to deterioration by the Russian Empire. It was finally abolished by Empress Catherine II as “a harmful gathering” on June 29, 1775.

After the abolishment of the Cossacks State, the village was sold to a Greek officer Pangracius who had served in the Russian army. It was in the second half of the 18th century. Pangracius renamed the village into Illyria after the area of Illyria in his homeland. Now that area is on the territory of Croatia and Slovenia.

There are several painted houses
A lot of new settlers arrived from Greece, Serbia, and Russia on the invitation of Pangracius. The population was about 700 inhabitants at that time.

The village bears the same name as the town of Illyria in the state of Iowa, USA.

The Ukrainian Illyria is located on the picturesque banks of the River Olkhovka eleven miles from Lutuhine, the district center. There are about 300 households in this village now. The population comprises about 800 inhabitants. The village council administers the community affairs in the neighboring six villages: Yasne, Mala Martynivka, Velyka Martynivka, Mala Yuryivka, Zakhidne and Ushakivka.

The village was well-known for its cattle-breeding farms. Some of the villagers have worked and still work at the mines of Lutuhine District, where they are taken by buses, others engage in agricultural work.

Sovietskaya Street
Only several households have cows. Mostly villagers keep other domestic animals and poultry. The villagers sell the milk to the town dairy, which is a source of their income. Besides, each household has a well and a plot.

Many plots go down to the River Vilkhivka that flows through the village into the River Luhanka, the river on which Luhansk stands. A number of houses in the village were on sale, when I was there.

The village is surrounded by picturesque hills, some of them having rock outcrops to the surface. You can see a lot of fences and houses built of the local natural building material - outcrop layer stone. Everybody calls that material savage stone. We visited an old sandstone quarry located on the outskirts of the village. The quarry occupied one of the hills surrounding the village.

The village store
I was impressed by the quarry height: it exceeded the height of a nine-storey apartment house.

According to the present land reform, all the former collective farmers got a plot of several hectares on the fields of the former collective farm. These plots are not marked on the ground and exist on the maps.

Machinery remains a big problem for the present landowners. The villagers lease their land property to farmers and receive dividends.

The village has a secondary school designed for 130 students, although only 55 students attend it now. The village is famous for its old church built in 1885.

Illyria has a couple of stores, a bar and a club.

Like in many other villages, there is a common grave of the fallen Soviet soldiers who perished for the liberation of the village from the Nazi invaders in 1943. The war memorial is located opposite the club.

The residents of the village celebrate their Village Day on the second Sunday in September. On that day there is a festival program on the village stage located opposite the cathedral. The program is followed by a holiday dinner.

Another great holiday in the village is St.Alexander of the Neva Feast Day celebrated on September 12 every year.

patrickjake says:


This place is close to so many other places and is a perfect hub if you want to explore the Rylovka. Simply pick up a few groceries on your way in, and you're set.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2017
Paulovic says:
Congrats being the featured blog today!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2017
vicIII says:
Yes, Ingo! That is why this village attracted me all the time...
Posted on: Sep 02, 2017
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Welcome to Illyria!:)
Welcome to Illyria!:)
There are several painted houses
There are several painted houses
Sovietskaya Street
Sovietskaya Street
The village store
The village store
Old school building
Old school building
The village club
The village club
My friend Lance at the Village Hill
My friend Lance at the Village Hill
A view from the village hill
A view from the village hill
At the Village Hill
At the Village Hill
My friend Lance at the Village Hill
My friend Lance at the Village Hill
At the Village Hill
At the Village Hill
At the Village Hill
At the Village Hill
The main street
The main street
The main street
The main street
The main street
The main street
The main street
The main street
Old village house
Old village house
Old village house
Old village house
Taking a stroll about the village …
Taking a stroll about the village…
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village …
Taking a stroll about the village…
Taking a stroll about the village …
Taking a stroll about the village…
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village
Taking a stroll about the village
Illyria
photo by: vicIII