Donets'k Local Customs

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    Savoury Pastries

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 9, 2013

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    Savoury Pastries

    Don't forget to try out the local savoury pastries.

    You'll find this tasty selection in a small booth as you walk down the underpass on Artema Street.

    The sausage rolls were excellent and they were handy to take back to the other lads for a spot of lunch back the apartment.

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    Honoring the War Heroes

    by hunterV Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    To Your Liberators, the Donets Basin!
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    The city was occupied by the Nazis for about 700 days: from October 26, 1941
    till September 8, 1943.
    Now there are a lot of war memorials in all the city districts.
    One of them is called To Your Liberators, the Donets Basin!
    You can read that inscription and see the huge figures of the year 1943 on the wall of the monument.
    Both these words and the year seem to be carved of coal. Such was the impression I got.
    You can see two figures: an old coal miner in his working uniform and a soldier who is receiving a symbolic sword from the old coal miner.
    The coal miner kind of wants the young soldier to set out and defend the Motherland from the Nazi invaders.
    It is located in the Young Communist League (YCL) Park on the right bank of the Calmius.
    Next to it there is a new huge European style stadium called Donbass Arena.
    It was built for 2012 European Soccer Championship.

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    Local Garb

    by Roadquill Written Dec 10, 2012

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    Maybe it was due to the fact it was during the Euro2012 soccer tournament, but there were two themes attending to dress. One being a woman wearing traditional dress and adorned in colorful flowers and two, being a pot bellied dude wearing a Ukrainian National team soccer jersey.

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    The Oldest Symbol

    by hunterV Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Coat-of-arms of Donetsk Region
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    Mertsalov’s Palm is one of the symbols of Donetsk and Donetsk Region.
    Its image is on the coat-of-arms of Donetsk Region.
    The inscription on the ribbon reads, Opportunity proved by deeds!.

    Mertsalov's Palm on Youtube

    Mertsalov’s Palm has its own interesting history. It is the first and the oldest symbol of Donetsk, the symbol of the Russian craftsmanship and labor glory.

    Aleksey Mertsalov, a worker of Yuzovka metallurgical factory, forged the palm within three weeks. He forged the palm within three weeks in 1896 for All-Russia Industrical and Arts Exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod where it was awarded with the Grand Prix. The Palm was also exhibited at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 and was awarded with Grand Prix there as well.
    Its original is now kept at the museum of the Mining Institute in Saint Petersburg.

    The Palm has a symbolic meaning. Its leaves cover all spheres of human activities and unite into one mighty trunk, thus symbolizing clearness of purpose and unity. The trunk goes down into the ground that is the source of our wealth.
    The palm leaf is a symbol of superiority and everlasting success. The Palm was forged of a piece of rail, a very durable material. The connection of the durable metal with entrails is a symbol of the source of strength and prosperity of our land.

    On August 17, 1999 the Palm was proclaimed to be the symbol of the Donets Basin.

    In September 1999 an exact replica of the original Palm was installed on the square near the Expo-Donbass Exhibition Center in Cheliuskintsev Street. Sergey Kaspruk, a local craftsman, made several replicas of the Palm and they have been installed in different cities: Kiev, Lviv, Crimea, Moscow, Hannover, and Ottawa.

    Another exact replica of the Palm stands near the regional administration building at the beginning of Pushkin Boulevard. It was erected there in 2007.

    The Golden Scythian Regional Foundation has used the Palm since 2000 as a symbol of the industrial revival of Ukraine – an independent and mighty industrial state.

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    The City of a Million of Roses

    by hunterV Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Donetsk Railways Head Office in the main street
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    Donetsk is not only a large industrial center of Ukraine, but also is famous for being the City of a Million of Roses.
    The city got that title from UNESCO in 1970. At that time 180 sorts of roses grew in Donetsk.
    The city must be the one of the world’s greenest industrial centers.

    The city is also famous for its cone-shaped coalmine slug heaps that are called mountains here. All in all, there are about 130 man-made hills in the city boundaries. Some of those man-made hills look like inaccessible mountain peaks, and others look like volcanoes. They make Donetsk look very special for visitors.

    The Calmius Embankment is one of the favorite spots of many locals and visitors. It is adorned by numerous lanterns, wrought-iron benches, sidewalks and bright flowerbeds.
    Here is a Youtube slideshow dedicated to the City of a Million of Roses.

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    Concerts and Performances

    by hunterV Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    The Opera and Ballet Theater in Donetsk
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    You can attend different concerts, shows and performances at different theaters and other venues:
    The Opera and Ballet Theater,

    Russian Drama Theater,

    the Youth Palace,

    the circus,

    Shevchenko movie theater
    in the main street.

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    Twin Cities

    by hunterV Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    ?Monk Bell?, Artyom Street, Donetsk, Ukraine
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    Donetsk has several twin cities, among them:
    Sheffield in the UK,
    Bochum in Germany,
    Katowice in Poland,
    Hunedoara in Romania,
    Charlesroix in Belgium.
    You can see a splendid gift of the residents of Bochum in the main street in front of the City Council. It’s called Monk Bell on the city maps.
    The inscription reads, My name is Blasius in German.
    The memorial plaques in German and in Ukrainian explain that the bell is the gift of the residents of Bohum to the people of Donetsk, August 31, 1997.
    The locals call that bell Monk Bell.

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