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Cherkasy Land
Written by Cherkasy Tourist Information Centre   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

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Orthodox Cathedral - highest in Ukraine

Cherkasy is the city in the “heart” of Ukraine that has more than 700 years of its history. All the nature elements are combined here: endless beaches, pine trees greenery, fresh breeze and a great amount of other natural presents will give you the possibility to feel the relax and life energy. The city is located on the bank of Cherkasy Sea, the biggest artificial water basin in Ukraine, and is surrounded by the hugest in the country pine forest. The road to the city contains 17 km dam, the record long engineer construction of Ukraine. You can see a wonderful view on Cherkasy Sea from the dam.

 

Road

The easiest way to get to Cherkasy from abroad is by plane to Kyiv (the international airport Boryspil or Zhuliany) and from Kyiv to Cherkasy you can go by car, bus or train (approximately 200km).

Tsybulsky House (Museum of Kobzar)

The railway station in the city receives tens daily trains of the local and international destinations. In Cherkasy there is the airport but it accepts only the charter flights. There is also the river port in the city. In summer time you can have the trip by ship along the bank. The city transport is presented by the buses, trolley-buses and taxi.

Accomodation

In the city you can get apartment in the hotel, as well as in the private buildings (to rent the flat or the house). In the center not far from the most interesting sights there are the hotels Apelsyn and Dnipro. The hotel Ukraine is built in the picturesque location in the country on the territory of the pine forest. There is also there the sport-hotel Selena with the tennis courts, havens for the yachts and launches, elite bungalows and not expensive hostel.

Attractions

Buddhist Temple of martial arts Bilyi Lotos
Buddhist Temple of martial arts Bilyi Lotos

Cherkasy is the city-park that is engulfed in the greenery. The wide sand beach that stretches along the whole city in summer makes Cherkasy the capital of the aquatic rest. Here it is impossible to get lost, because the streets cross at the right angle, as in Manhattan. But there are no skyscrapers, traffic jams and polluted air. You can cross the city by car in 20 min.

Cherkasy is the city of paradoxes and records. Here is located the highest in Ukraine Orthodox Cathedral and the only in Europe Buddhist Temple of martial arts Bilyi Lotos (White Lotus). The citizens of Cherkasy get married in the ancient Wedding Palace that at the beginning of the 20th century was the house of the local rich man. Also in Cherkasy you will find the great combination of ecological natural clearance and industrial romantics, as far as the giant of the chemical industry of the country – Azot is located here and you can have an excursion to it.

Scherbina House (Wedding Palace)
Scherbina House (Wedding Palace)

Cherkasy is also the cultural center of Cherkasy Land, the motherland of two geniuses of the World`s history – Bohdan Khmelnytskyi and Taras Shevchenko. Bohdan Khmelnytskyi is the most prominent Cossack of the world, an outstanding hetman of the invincible Cossacks that in the 17th century defended Ukraine from the invaders. At those times the European kings considered the Cossacks to be the best army in the world. Everyone can visit the residence of B. Khmelnytskyi that is only 60 km from Cherkasy. Taras Shevchenko is the fighter for the culture and freedom of Ukraine. He is the prominent poet whose poems are translated in 140 languages. There are almost 1200 monuments of him in the whole world. The unique museum of the only book, the collections Kobzar of Taras Shevchenko, is situated in the center of Cherkasy. The personal things of the artist are kept in Kaniv where he was buried.

Hill of Glory on the Rose Valley
Hill of Glory on the Rose Valley

The unique place of Cherkasy Region is the park Sofiyivka that was built in 1796 by the magnate Stanislav Pototskyi for his wife Sofiya. The park has the area of 220 football fields and attracts by its artificial ponds, streams, rocks and 200 meters length underground river. This place attracts by its romantics and beauty.

Entertainment

In Cherkasy there is a great variety of the entertainment for any taste. Here you can enjoy the advantages of the provincial recreation and visit the exclusive artistic events. You can also go in for sport and have a rest on the beach, go fishing and have the picnics on the islands of Cherkasy Sea. The photographers say that in Cherkasy you can take picture of the most beautiful landscapes, as far as the city is surrounded by the nature wonders. And the drive national festivals take place here during the whole year.

Food

In Cherkasy there is a big amount of cafes and restaurants with the high quality of services and comparatively not high prices. The citizens of the country capital and other big cities always give positive references about the cuisine and the prices of Cherkasy restaurants and cafes.

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You can find the place for any taste here. In the city there is presented Ukrainian, Georgian and Japanese cuisine. You can have a snack or a glass of beer in any part of the city in the comfortable pizza houses and pubs.

Souvenirs

You can buy the greeting cards, magnets and badges with Cherkasy landscapes and city symbols in the art salons and the special hypermarkets. And during the folk and art festivals a great variety of masters come to Cherkasy from all parts of the country and proposes the original goods from wood, clay and glass, famous Ukrainian vyshyvanky, embroidered pictures, tapestries, humor souvenirs to the citizens and guests of the city.

The article published by
Cherkasy Tourist Information Centre
221 Khreschatyk St, Suites 13 & 14
Cherkasy 18000 Ukraine
Tel. +38 (0472) 544-300

photos -  © Serhiy Krynytsia

 

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  • The Wikipedia article about Cherkasy

    Cherkasy (Ukrainian: Черка́си, pronounced [t͡ʃɛrˈkɑsɪ]), or Cherkassy (Russian: Черка́ссы [tɕɪrˈkasɨ]), is a city in central Ukraine. It is the capital of the Cherkasy Oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Cherkasky Raion (district) within the oblast. The city itself is also designated as its own separate raion within the oblast. It is not to be confused with the Russian city of Cherkassk which is on the Don River to the east.

    The city is the cultural, educational and industrial center of Cherkasy Oblast and Central Economical Region of Ukraine. Cherkasy has been known since the 13th century and played a great role in the history of Ukraine. Cherkasy was the center of Cossacks, citizens took part in Khmelnychchyna and Koliyivschyna (cossacks' and peasants' rebellions).

    The city is located on the right bank of Dnieper River (specifically at the Kremenchuk Reservoir), about 200 km (124 mi) south of the nation's capital, Kiev. The city is divided into 2 boroughs (raions): Sosnivskiy (with Orshanets village) and Pridniprovskiy. The current population of Cherkasy is 287,583 (as of 2011). In June 2011, the city celebrated its 725th anniversary.

    Environment

    Location

    Cherkasy is situated on the high right bank of the Dnipro River, in the middle of the Kremenchuk Reservoir. Relief of the historical part of the city was influenced by Zamkova (Castle) mountain, where Cherkasy Castle was situated. The major part of Cherkasy occurs as lowlands.

    The city occupies an area of 69 km (26.6 sq mi). The city's length is 17 km (10.56 mi) along the Kremenchuk Reservoir, while its widest point is only 8 km (4.97 mi).

    From the north-west, Cherkasy is surrounded by forest. Known as Cherkaskiy Bir, it is the biggest (28,500 hectares or 70,400 acres) natural pine forest in Ukraine.

    Climate

    The climate of Cherkasy is mild continental, with mild winters and warm (in the last few years mostly hot) summers.

    The average temperature in the city is +7.7 °C (45.9 °F). Winters are usually cold and snowy (the average January temperature is −5.9 °C (21.4 °F)), but the last few winters have been rather warm with rare severe frosts (up to −25 °C (−13 °F)). Summers are dry and warm (the average temperature in July is +19.8 °C (67.6 °F)), with occasional highs reaching +35 °C (95 °F).

    Ecology

    The ecological situation in the city is quite stable. The cumulative pollution index as of 2008 is 7.56, average with other Ukrainian cities. The main pollutant in the city is "Azot" plant, so the nearby area (south-east part of the city) is the most polluted. The downtown area is heavily polluted as well, due to high traffic volume. The city itself is mostly clean of nuclear pollution from the Chernobyl disaster, although the northernmost part of Cherkasy may have been influenced a little.

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