UKRAINIAN STEPPE RESERVE "STONE
The Stone Barrows are the unique National Park, situated on
Priazoviya hills of Donetsk Region at the mouths of the River
Karatysh (250 km away from Donetsk).
Its area is about 400 ha including 300 ha that belong to Donetsk
region and 100 ha - to Zaporozhie region.
Rocky ridges, separate "barrows (tombs)", often with fantastic tops
towering 75-100 meters above the steppe are very impressive. Stone
Tombs (Barrows) are called a small alpine land.
its area and height this is the largest geological intrusion in
Donbass and Priazovie.
Rocky ridges, separete
"tombs", often with fantastic tops towering 70-100 meters above the
steppe are very impressive.
The real feather-grass steppe where granite coming out on the
surface. Rocky vegetation is spread on the granites which
are unique and have no analogues in the world.
This dry land has not
been ever overflowed with water. 2 milliard years ago here was a
volcano at this place, but now there remained only stones.
Its unique granites have no analogues in the world. Their age is
approximately 2 milliard years.
There are almost 500 types of plants in the Reservoir. Among them
there are narrow natural habitat relic endemics, such as milfoil and
cornflower, that can not be found anywhere else.
The "Stone Barrows" is a highland country in miniature. It
strikingly contrasts with surrounding steppes by its great
monumentality. Here one can see a lot of natural stone sculptures
that seem to be the figment of an artist's imagination.
There are small grottoes, picturesque valleys and a number of
At this place in 1223 the prince of Kyiv fought the Tatars at the
river Kalka (now Kalchyk river).
invigorates its visitors and charges them with curative energy,
charms with incomparable fragrances and virgin steppe vegetation.
At present it is
known that in ancient time this territory was a cult place for
people of pit, catacomb and log-built cultures. The territory is
surrounded with burial mounds of these ancient civilizations.
According to one of the versions, the reinforced camp of Kievsky
prince Mstislav Romanovich was located near "Stone Barrows" during
the historical battle on the Kalka river. In 1223 the princes of
Kyiv fought the Tatars at the Kalka (now Kalchyk river).
To those grave tombs the bishop Havriil
used to appeal in the thirties. It is said that once there was a
Tatar town near the tombs but Zaporozhian Cossacs have destroyed it.
Holes and hillocks remain now there where once Tatar mosques were.
Here one can see a lot of natural stone sculptures that seem to be
the figment of an artist's imagination.
During thousands years
people prayed and worshiped to the ritual stone sculptures.
That's way, there is a
very positive and curative energetics in this area.
Polovets stone sculptures ("Baba"). Its face is featureless as a
result of work of Tatars and Mongols.
There are some interesting legends about the territory of the
National Park. One of them says that in ancient times there
was a large town with its own kingdom in the place of this "mountain
country", but for some reason a wicked wizard enchanted it.
There is a way to disenchant this place but till now nobody managed
to do this.
Duration: 8 hours
Cost: 1 - 9 pax : ˆ 70 total
from 10 pax: ˆ 7 per rerson
The cost includes: entrance & reservation fee, Russian-speaking
Transport from / to Donetsk + interpreter's services are
supplemental charge (on request)/
Booking terms: 5-7 days before starting
Scythian stone sculpture has got already distinct features, folding
its arms on the belly (the very important organ of human
being). Some of them may keep a talisman th its hands and a sword or
an axe on its side.