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    Municipality Garden

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    In the back of the Municipality
    there is a garden full of "fer forge" works of local artists
    Do not miss to vist this place
    Specially under the snow the view of the garden is really very beautiful..enjoy it ...

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    Monument to Vladimir Lenin

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 11, 2013
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    No visit to a former Soviet communist country can be made without visiting a rather large statue of Vladimir Lenin, the Russian and Soviet statesman.

    Vladimir Lenin was the first ruler and leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He was the founder of the first in history world socialist state

    I passed by one night, hence the rather dark photo.

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    Monument to Your Liberators, Donbass

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 11, 2013

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    This is a MUST see in Donetsk.

    The WWII Monument is dedicated to the memory of all the units that liberated Donbass. It is the largest monument in the south-eastern Ukraine, the main monument of the military history of the city and oblast. At the foot of the monument there is the Eternal Flame.

    On one wall there is the inscription: “1943. To Your Liberators, Donbass”. On another wall the dates of liberation of settlements in Donetsk oblast are engraved. The pedestal is made of slabs that resemble the beds of coal. On the pedestal there is a miner and a soldier, who in their right hands together hold the sword with its edge down.The figures are huge. The total height of the monument is more than 30 meters.

    You''ll also find nearby the Memory Bell. It is partially cast from shells and fragments found on the battlefields of the Donbass. Also there are three battle worn Russian tanks T-34-76, T-34-85, T-54 along with two anti-tank guns: ZIS-2 and ZIS-3.

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    Fyodor Artem.Statue

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 11, 2013
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    This statue is in honor of the Soviet revolutionary Fyodor Artem.

    It was unveiled in 1967. He was a Russian revolutionary, Soviet politician, a friend of Joseph Stalin. In 1918 Artem was a member of the Communist Party of Bolsheviks in Ukraine.

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    Grave Lieutenant General Kuzma Gurov

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    Lieutenant General Kuzma Gurov was one of the leaders of the defense of Stalingrad and the liberation of Donbass. He commanded the troops that liberated Donetsk. Then, the same troops liberated the entire Donetsk oblast from the German occupation in WWII.

    Gurov died of a heart attack in 1943. His body was taken back to Donetsk (Stalino at the time) and buried here.

    The monument was erected in 1954. The bust is made of cast iron and stands on a high pedestal. The pedestal is placed on the Gurov’s grave. The residents of Donetsk always bring flowers here. We had no flowers but still paid our respects.

    A nearby avenue in Donetsk was named in honor of General Gurov.

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    Monument to Anatoliy Solovyanenko

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    You can hardly miss the golden monument to Solovyanenko.

    It stands out in the park next to the Krupskaya library, and was erected in 2002.

    At the time the competition was held to choose the best design of the monument. The competition was won by Alexander Skorykh. He portrayed Anatoliy Solovyanenko as the Duke from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. Solovyanenko debuted on the stage of Donetsk Theater of Opera and Ballet as the Duke in Rigoletto. This is one of the most famous roles, performed by the singer.

    The locals call the statue the Batman

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    Tsar Canon

    by vichatherly Written Oct 7, 2013

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    This is huge canon is a replica of the one you will find in Moscow.

    A friend of mine commented that although it would be tricky to fire, it would certainly make you think twice before attacking if you saw a few of these canons lined up when scanning the battlefield with your binoculars.

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    The Holy Transfiguration Cathedral

    by vichatherly Written Oct 5, 2013

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    Originally consecrated in 1886. Over time, the cathedral expanded. However, after the October Revolution, the cathedral was destroyed. At first the whole interior was removed. Then the Transfiguration Cathedral was blown up, ostensibly to obtain the construction materials.

    This new cathedral built in 1992 has five domes, high bell tower and three semi-circular altar ledges. The basis of the form of the Cathedral, as it should be in the Orthodox Church, is the image of the cross (crucifix). The temple is also associated with the ship. It should remind the believers that the church is a ship which helps to escape the storms of life.

    At the entrance there is a statue of Archangel Michael. This is a return gift for the replica of the Mertsalov Palm Tree, which Donetsk gave to Kiev.

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    Monument to Taras Shevchenko

    by vichatherly Written Oct 5, 2013

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    Taras Shevchenko was a Ukrainian poet, writer and painter.

    You'll find this monument to him on Artema Street. The monument was made in Kiev and then brought to Donetsk in 1955.

    It's a popular meeting point, because of it's location in the city centre. The locals call the statue Kobzar as this was also the name of Taras Shevchenko.

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    Tomb and T-34/85 Tank - Col Franz A Grinkevich

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 4, 2013

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    This memorial in the centre of Donetsk commemorates Colonel Franz A. Grinkevich,

    He commanded the 32nd Guards Tank Brigade, one of the units that liberated the city from German occupation in WWII.

    Grinkevich was killed on October 11, 1943, in the village of Kharkovo, in the Zaporizhia region to the southwest of Donetsk. Some of his men brought his body back to the city and built a tomb with his T-34/76 tank on top.

    In 1964, the pedestal was enlarged and the tank was later replaced by a T-34/85. You'll find Grinkevich’s original tank on display at the nearby Monument to the Liberators of the Donbass.

    There is an inscription on the front of the pedestal which reads - Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in battle for the freedom and independence of our Motherland, 1941-1945.

    A must visit for any WWII buff.

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    Statue of Archangel Michael

    by Roadquill Written Dec 10, 2012

    Located in front of the Cathedral of Christ Transfiguration, the statue was presented to Donetsk by Kiev in approximately 2002. The Archangel Michael is a symbol of protection. Considering everything Ukraine has had to indur, he probably needs a better suited job.

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    Cathedral of Christ Transfiguration

    by Roadquill Written Dec 10, 2012

    Located on the main street of Artyomo, the Church was originally constructed in 1883 as an Orthodox Church. However, it was torn town during the Soviet Anti Religion campaign in 1933. It was rebuilt starting in 1997 and completed in 2006.

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    Tsar Cannon

    by Roadquill Written Dec 10, 2012

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    Replica Tsar Cannon

    I wish my home town would have a big a$$ cannon like the Tsar Cannon in Donetsk. Actually we could because the Tsar Cannon in Donetsk is only a replica of the original 16th century one. This one was only built in 2001. It is cast iron, painted to imitate tarnished bronze. I think I am going to talk to my home town city council about getting our own Tsar Cannon.

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    View the Unique Replica

    by hunterV Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    The Czar Cannon in Donetsk now!
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    Walk along the Calmius embankment and then up to Lenin Square and Artiom Street, the main thoroughfare of the city.
    You will see a replica of the Czar Cannon that stands in the Kremlin in Moscow.
    The replica was commissioned in Izhevsk, Russia, in 2001 and was presented to the people of the Donets Basin as a symbol of the inviolable friendship of the Russian and the Ukrainian peoples.
    The Ukrainian version of the Czar Cannon stands in Artem Street - the central street of Donetsk.
    Who would have thought that replicas of the old unique monuments are possible!

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    Driving and Walking Along Artem Street

    by hunterV Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    The monument to Artem, Donetsk
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    Walking along Artem Street, the main city street, you will see this monument to Artiom (the Communist paty name of Fiodor Sergeyev).
    You can marvel at the six-meter-high (20 feet) statue of Fiodor Sergeyev who became one of the Communist symbols of the Donets Basin.
    The monument was created by sculptor V.M.Kostin and architect M.K.Yakovlev in 1967.
    Artiom (in Russian; in Ukrainian: "Artem") was an outstanding Soviet Communist leader who lived and worked in the Donets Basin and died in 1921. Also, he was an adopted son of Joseph Jugashvili who later became Joseph Stalin.
    Artem was revered by the Soviet authorities and is remembered as one of the Soviet "saints" now.

    Fiodor Andreyevich Sergeyev (Artiom) became the Chairman of the Council of the People’s Commissars (the Prime-Minister) of Donetsk-Kryvyi Rih Socialist Republic (DKSR).
    This republic existed on the map from the end of January till the middle of March 1918. It was a part of the Russian Federation and included Kharkiv Region, Yekaterinolav Region, a part of Kherson Region and the areas of the Russian Don Cossacks.
    This republic became a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic on March 19, 1918, but by the middle of April 1918 the whole republic was occupied by German troops according to the Treaty of Brest, a separate peace treaty between the Bolsheviks and Germany.

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