Plochtchad Slavi is one of the quarter residential modern of Cherkasy. It has been constructed, on the strands of the stream in the first years of the independence, about ten years ago.
Fondest memory: Family's life suffers from the lack of lodgings. When Ukraine was part of the soviet union again, the more part of the lodgings belonged to the State, that was also in charge of their interview. The rents were inexpensive. Now, nor the State nor the workers don't have the necessary money to maintain the lodgings. The houses and the buildings are old and have need of renovations.
Although the system is reconsidered currently, it is going to be necessary numerous years so that the Ukrainians can get decent lodgings to an affordable price. While waiting, the families have the tendency to live heaped one on the other already too much in houses and apartments
Favorite thing: This building of 16 floors, became an inhabited sector. Him to been built at the time of the construction of the trans - continental pipeline The union, and lets in testimony of friendship by the constructors of East Germany (ex RDA) who participated in the setting in service.
The museum of Ukrainian popular art of Cherkasy is present to reveal the rich passes cultural and artistic of the region.
Fondest memory: The Ukrainian popular art is rich and colorful, as testify the decoration of the eggs or the fine black and red embroideries that decorate the traditional clothes of it. The texture and the wood carving also occupy an important place in the tradition.
In the domain of the painting, the Ukrainian art is especially characterized by its icons, paintings on wood very stylized religious character representative. One finds some in many Ukrainian homes. One of the most famous icons is the one of the Virgin of Kyiv, that dates the XII th century.
It is in the Palace Chlouby, that the marriage ceremonies civilians are celebrated, as well as the big evenments of the city.
Fondest memory: This palace is situated in the historic center of the city, just on the heights of the strands of the Dniepr.
Cherkasy possesses a dramatic theater where is played regularly of the pieces of the Ukrainian or Russian index, and of the adaptations of the world index : the Tcherkaskiya Dramatitchniya Teatr.
Fondest memory: It is situated by a vast avenue that leads the entry of the city (since the bridge on the Dniepr), to the center city.
The statue of the famous Ukrainian poet, Taras Chevtchenko, honors its memory in the center of Cherkasy.
DID YOU KNOW IT ?
Taras Chevtchenko is one of the first writers to have written in Ukrainian. Member of a looking for movement to free Ukraine of the Russian ascendancy, he was deported in Siberia.
The city of Winnipeg erected a statue in his honor and a museum carries its name in Toronto.
Fondest memory: Born serf of P. Engelhardt, March 9, 1814, in Moryntsi, Zvenyhora povit, region of Kyïv. Dead March 10, 1861 in St. Petersbourg, Russia. Until the XIX th century, the Ukrainian art was influenced a lot by the European styles. Taras Chevtchenko, painter, engraver and famous poet, introduced a new style of realistic paintings representing life and the Ukrainian landscapes then.
Among the others big Ukrainian writers, one will mention the dramatist and novelist Nikolas Gogol (1809-1852), poet Ivan Franko (1856-1916) and the dramatist and poet Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913).
The Palats Kulturi Droujba Napodiv is situated at the heart of the city of Cherkasy, very close to the big main artery.
Fondest memory: The song is at the heart of the Ukrainian tradition. The composers as Tchaïkovski and Rachmaninovs are besides often himself inspired of the Ukrainian popular songs for their music. Some of these songs date the XVI th and XV th centuries, time to which the kobzars (kind of itinerant minstrels) sang village in village, coming with instruments as the kobza (kind of lute).
Besides the kobza, two other instruments can be considered like typically Ukrainian : the trembita, that looks like a horn of the Alps, and the tsymbali or tympanon.. The Ukrainian folk songs are associated to the domestic events (marriages, funeral ceremony...), or have been composed for celebrate different times of the year : the koliadky and shchedrivky for Christmas and the New Year, the hihalky to sing the spring, and the kupalni for the nights of summer.
Ukraine has a long tradition of opera and classic dance that carries up to the XVIII th century. The Ballet of Kyiv is one of the most famous of the world.
The cities in Ukraine, are endowed otherwise with magnificent public parks where friends and families like to meet and to entertain themselves.
Cherkasy doesn't depart to this rule, and the parklands and public gardens are numerous.
Cherkasy is edged downstream by an immense beach along the Dniepr, very large to this place, because of the dam on the stream. Far away, one sees the harbor and the harbor and industrial facilities.
Fondest memory: In summer the beach is very popular, and some water sports are practiced... Veil, canoe, windsurf...
The transition from the Soviet period has brought serious new problems. Much of the old elite (nomenklatura) has weathered the transition well. Many Soviet-era managers and factory directors retained their positions and profited from privatization. Highly placed members of the Communist Party hierarchy and security apparatus moved into business, often of a dubious kind. A thin stratum of new rich has begun to appear.
For the vast majority of the population, however, the transition has meant a catastrophic decline in living standards. Since 1991 the average standard of living has declined by 80 percent. An estimated 45 percent of the population, especially the elderly, now lives below the poverty level. Unemployment is growing, and health care is deteriorating.
Fondest memory: Life expectancy of males has dropped from 65 to 58 years. Ecological disasters, poor diet, and other factors have lowered resistance to diseases. Epidemics of diphtheria, cholera, and hepatitis have been frequent in recent years. A tragic consequence of the Chernobyl' explosion has been a large increase in thyroid cancer in children.
Crime and especially corruption is rampant, with much economic activity controlled by "mafia" clans based in industrial centers such as Donets'ka, Dnipropetrovs'k, and Crimea. The influence of organized crime often reaches into the highest levels of government.
Favorite thing: In the center of Cherkasy, a church is under restoration since several months. This small chapel to the dome of gold is in the direction of the coming down of the castle and the monument to Motherland.
Favorite thing: Close to the Lénine's Place and the town hall, are the shopping mall, the movies (kinotheatr), the Mac-Donald and the restaurants, and the terminus of the buses from Kiev and the other cities of the oblats, there be located life in Cherkasy. It is here the center of the city, not very far from the market to the flowers, and of the cultural center.
The arrival in Cherkasy is spectacular :
The road crosses the immense lake formed then by the Dniepr and the dam, on a long dam, cross a metallic bridge (kept again, nowadays, by militiamen).
Of this place one has a magnificent view on the stream, the immense lake and the islands, and the city of Cherkasy, with the harbor, in the far.
Favorite thing: In the outskirts of the city, of numerous small houses, year more or less good state, around streets that are not more of them sometimes. As soon as one moves away of the big frequented axes, the tar of the roads can be only a vagueness memory. Of the doors, in the palisades give on other alleys, in the pâté of houses surrounded with gardens. Here, it is another face of Ukraine that one discovers...
Favorite thing: Lenin's statuaries are omnipresent, in all cities of Ukraine. Immense and imposing, they sit in the center of the cities, or in their near environment. but they have henceforth for near neighbor, the clown of the restoring Mac-Donald who rages in the same zones.