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Dnipropetrovsk Travel Guide

Best of Dnipropetrovsk

There are many sights worth to take a look in Dnipropetrovsk, here are some of them:

Monastyrsky Island Monastyrsky Island
The Monastyrsky Island (Monastery Island) is one of the most interesting places in the city; this long island is located northeast of Shevchenko Park. In the IX century, the Byzantine monks founded a monastery here which was used as a refuge place for pilgrims; it was destroyed by Mongol-Tatars in 1240. In 1956, the island got the name of Komsomolsky, a footbridge was erected over Dnepr connecting the island with Shevchenko Park. In 1999, the Orthodox St. Nicholas Cathedral was built on island, returning its former name Monastyrsky

A city beach with food stalls and bars is located at Monastyrsky Island; nowadays the island is a popular place for a relaxed afternoon for locals and tourists. The Taras Shevchenko Statue is located here. It is possible to reach the island not only via bridge, but also via funicular road.

History Museum History Museum
The largest and most popular museum in Dnipropetrovsk is the History Museum named after Dmitry Yavornitsky; it was founded in 1849. The museum houses a unique collection of 86 Babas which are oval stone statues of ancient Gods made of stone by ancient nomadic iron-age people called the Cumans or Kipchaks. The word “baba” is a Turkic word which translates 'old woman', they stones are called 'Stony Women', but do not represent women.

You can see unique exhibits, which narrate the history of Dnipropetrovsk and whole Ukraine, such as the statue of Pharaoh Ramses VI, relics of the Zaporozhian Cossacks, the first Soviet tractor, and the “Katjusha”. The total exhibition area of the museum is more than 3 thousand square meters. Behind the museum there is a new building which houses the Diorama “Battle for the Dnepr River” and some artillery items of Soviet; it also has the cinema hall.

History Museum
Address: 16, Karla Marksa Prospect, Dnipropetrovsk
Telephone: +38 (0562) 463 422

Preobrazhensky Cathedral Preobrazhensky Cathedral
Preobrazhensky Cathedral was founded by Minister Grigory Potyomkin in 1786 obeying the order of Catherine the Great. The cathedral was constructed following the traditions of Russian Classicism; initially the cathedral was designed to be greater than the St. Peter & Paul’s Cathedral in Rome. Its shimmering gold spire and dome reaches 139m in height. Preobrazhensky Cathedral houses also the largest bell in the whole Dnipropetrovsk oblast. This is the holiest church in Dnipropetrovsk so dressing inappropriate is not allowed.

Dnipropetrovsk Theatres Dnipropetrovsk Theatres
Citizens of Dnipropetrovsk are proud of their cultural heritage and background; the city houses many renowned theatres, for example the City Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Gorky Russian Drama Theatre, the Theatre for Children and Youth, the Puppet Theatre, the Theatre of One Actor, the Circus, some Youth theatres, and especially the Shevchenko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (founded in 1919 as the first national theatre of Ukraine), all of them are waiting for visitors all year round.

Karl Marx Avenue Other sights
Karl Marx Avenue is the most vibrant part of Dnipropetrovsk; it is filled with unique theatres and museums, administrative buildings, luxurious boutiques, department stores, and street markets. Central railway station is one of the most beautiful buildings in Dnipropetrovsk, the Shevchenko Park which is a good example of the 18th century landscape gardening. Other sights in Dnipropetrovsk are the Dnieper River, the Yekaterinoslav boulevard, the Military Museum and the War Museum.

Zhovtneva Square Zhovtneva Square
On Zhovtneva Square, there are some interesting attractions such as the History Museum, Diorama "Battle for the Dnieper River, Preobrazhensky Cathedral founded by order of Catherine the Great in 1786, and also the beautiful recreational area in which one can rest for a while.

St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Cathedral
The small and beauty St Nicholas Church is situated on Monastyrsky Island (Komsomolsky Island) in the Stream of Dnepr River, it is the only one Ukrainian church built in an island. The church was sanctified on 7, July, 2004.

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