Sights of Dnipropetrovsk

The city is built mainly upon the banks of the Dnieper River, in the loop of a major meander where the river changes its course from a south-easterly flow to continue in a southerly and later south-westerly direction through Ukraine, ultimately reaching Kherson where it discharges into the Black Sea. In the city there are five bridges which span the Dnieper River. The embankment along the right side of the Dnieper is 23 km long. It is the longest in Europe.

The city has a variety of theatres (including an opera-ballet theatre where performances are often spell-binding ) and museums which have much of interest to tourists. There are also several parks, restaurants and beaches , which , of course , can be enjoyed without any knowledge of Russian or Ukrainian . The central thoroughfare is known as Karl Marx Prospekt, a beautiful, wide and long boulevard that stretches east to west through the centre of the city. It was first laid out in the late 18th century and some of its older buildings remain as adornments of the city where Soviet and post- Soviet architecture predominate. Here you can visit Shevchenko and Gorky Theaters, admire the monuments to Gogol and Lomonosov, the Hotel “Ukraine”, the Central Post Office and others. In the heart of the city is Zhovtneva [October] Square, the site of the majestic Transfiguration Cathedral , founded by order of Catherine the Great in 1787. Around the square, there are some remarkable buildings: the Museum of History, Diorama "Battle for the Dnieper River (World War II)", both of which are well worth a visit , and also the beautiful park in which one can rest in the hot summer. Walking down the hill to the Dnieper River, one passes through the large Taras Shevchenko Park and across the bridge to Monastyrsky Island. This island is one of the most interesting places in the city. In the 9th century, Byzantine monks based a monastery here. It was destroyed by Mongol-Tatars in the 13th century. A few areas retain their historical character: all of Central Avenue, some street-blocks on the main hill (the Nagorna part) between Pushkin Prospekt and the Embankment, and sections near Globa (formerly known as Chkalov Park until it was recently renamed) and Shevchenko Parks have been untouched for 150 years.