Rivne Oblast is the region located on the north-east of Ukraine. It borders on such Ukrainian regions as Lviv, Ternopil, Zhitomir, Volyn' and Khmelnitsky and one foreign country – Byelorussia. The area of the region is 20 047 sq.km, the population – 1, 137 mln people. The administrative center is the city Rivne, other large cities are Ostrog, Dubno and Kuznetsovsk. The region is divided into 16 districts and 11 towns.
Thanks to archeological investigations we know that first people appeared on the territory of Volyn (Rivne Oblast is considered to be part of Volyn) during late paleolith. In X century Volyn became a part of Kievan Rus' but in 1340 it was under the power of The Great Lithuanian Princedom. In the middle of XVII century the war of liberation was taking place in Ukraine, after it Volyn has become a part of Russia. According to Riga treaty of peace Rivne Oblast was joined to Poland. And only in 1939 after the annexation of Western Ukraine to Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Rivne Oblast was created.
The climate is moderately continental with mild winter and humid summer. Thaws are quite frequent during winter season. There are 171 rivers in Rivne Oblast. The main water artery is the Goryn, among other large rivers are the Sluch and the Styr.
Rivne Oblast is full of ancient castles and fortresses which makes it an interesting place for those who travel to Ukraine. In historico-cultural reserve in Dubno you can see 29 local sights, some of them date back to XV century and visit Dubno castle which was built in 1492 and is famous with its impregnability, nobody could conquer the castle for thousands years. The acts which Gogol described in his novel «Taras Bulba» took place in Dubno castle. Among other architectural monuments are Lyubomirsky palace, Lutsk gates, old synagogue which dates back to XV century and many other. Visit Rivne Oblast to plunge into Medieval atmosphere.