Russian Drama Theater
It would be interesting to attend a performance at Gorky Russian Drama Theater;
Shevchenko Ukrainian Musical Drama Theater:
5 Lenin Avenue, tel. (056) 744 52 35;
Regional Youth Theater:
9 Lenin St., tel. (056) 778 10 93.
You could also visit the Planetarium at 10 Rogalyov st.; tel. (0562) 475 917
History lovers can go to Yarovnytsky Historical Museum located at 16 Marx Avenue (tel. (0562) 463 422.
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Yavornitskiy History Museum
In the Dnipropetrosk History Museum, Hall 9 is devoted to the millions who perished in the Soviet period. Representative individuals have documents related to their disappearances, trials and executions distributed around the walls. Villans are named: Stalin, Brezhneov, Kruschov. These testaments are very sobering. But the focus of the room is a pyramid made of photos of faces, each lit by a small candle-bulb. It is not a place to hurray. It is more a space for reflection and contemplation. There are benches so sit and think for a while, "What can I do so this never happens again?"
This exhibit was prepared and mounted before the fall of the Soviet Union, a tribute to the freedoms and boldness because of glasnost and perestroika.
The exhibits here are mostly due to the permanent director researcher, historian, archeologist and writer, D. Yavornitskiy after whom the museum is now named. He spent his life gathering the articles which were disappearing from the Ukrainian landscape and lifestyle. It is a rich place because of this one man's efforts.
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You can get there either from Promenade or take the small bridge from Shevchenko Park.
I swear the island and attractions there have not been updated since I was born. Some of the rides there are older then me and still function.
Shevchenko Monument, small monastery church, rides for kids, zoo
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Hard to miss the park since there is a big Lenin Monument at the entrance.
A small park with a government building in the middle. If you go back there to remember your childhood and ride the swinging roosters, don't bother. Nothing is there anymore. Everything was replaced with sandbox areas.
There is a tiny little cafe in the middle. We sat there had a few small sandwiches, coffee and watched kids swim in the dirty green water fountain (who has pool in soviet flats).
Park Globy (formly known Park Chkalova)
Wonderful park with many amusements for children and adults as well.
Take a stroll around the lake and feed the ducks and swans (they do bite!).
Take a ride on a wheel for many scenic views of the city.
The pretty white building on the lake is called "Summer Theater", but living in Dnepropetrovsk for 15 years I don't remember this theater ever functioning.
If you exit the park walking towards Karl Marx Ave, stop by Skazochnaya Strana (Fairytale Land)
and take pictures of famous Soviet Cartoon Characters.
This is a most pleasant and popular park with a big pond, a waterplay fountain in the pond and lots of benches to relax on. But it's also extremely popular with kids because there is a railway line in there. It's not a small toy railway but a real one but smaller in size than a proper one. I wanted to take a ride but I just missed the last train.
The entry fee to the museum in 2004 was 3 UAH. I don't remember too much of what I've seen but I think I was most impressed by the old bit of Yekakterinoslav and the Soviet stuff.
Outside the museum there are some old stone figures.
Behind the museum there is another museum with a WW2 diorama and some anit-aircraft defense and fighter plane outside.
In the evenings and on weekends this is a very popular recreation spot. You can sunbathe, swim and play beach volleyball. Or have a picnic or a barbeque. I wish they would improve the public toilets though. Nothing for fussies.
This island lies in the Dnepr river and you can reach it by walking over the footbridge. When I was there the ropeway further upriver was out of order. The island is well worth visiting with a lovely church, a monument, a beach, fun attractions and cafés and ice creams.
In every Ukrainian city you will find the Shevchenko name. This park is quite big and peaceful with benches to sit on and relax. But you will notice that people are hardly ever in a park by themselves. At the end of the park towards the Dnepr river you will see the footbridge to Monastir Island.
Most churches in Dniepropetrovsk of course orthodox.
In center of the city you cand find most beautiful of them: Probrazhenskiy Sobor, Troitskiy Sobors, Eparchy Building, Temple os St.Nokolay (On monastic island)
City also has Lutheran church, synagogue
Observation platform is located in Shevchenko park. From this platform you can look at the embankment, at the river dnipro, bridge etc. You will see a great view. Visit this observation platform and you be mesmerized!
Governor Potemkin, Czarina Catherine the Great's lover and co-ruler, built a palace in 1790, Ekaterinaslav, the Czarist name for Dnipropetrosk. Unfortunately he never lived here. It is now part of the university and houses the fine arts departement. Check to see if there is an exhibition you could see. The Palace sits in a Shevchenko Park which is enjoyable itself. Notice that the facade is mirrored in the church Potemkin built nearby.
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- Castles and Palaces
Visit Potempkin's Church
Prince Potemkin (yes the one who made false villages for the travel pleasure of Qeen Catharine the Great) wanted to build a great cathedral surpassing St. Peters (Rome) in Ekaterinaslav, the Czarist name for Dnipropetrosk. Unfortunately it never reached the size he intended. Czarina Catherine II laid the foundation stone in 1787. The low wall around the existing church is the outline of the church he intended. But the church is a gem. The facade is a miror of the facade of the Potempkin Palace in the city.
It is named "Presentation Cathedral", or Preobrazshenskiy.
This structure was turned into the Temple of Athiesm under Stalin, but has been completely restored.
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Take a River Cruise
Any city on the Dnipro River will have boats giving river tours.
From the Dnipro you will see the port and bridges, but will aslo see the extensive high-rise residential areas and the extensive industries, particularly north of the city.