Since the city has a rich history, you can see lots of different old and new monuments in the city streets and squares.
The monument to Nikita Izotov, a famous Soviet coalminer and a shockworker, is one of them.
The monument was created by an artists' team: sculptor V.M.Kostin and architect M.K.Yakovlev and is now the biggest Soviet times legacy.
It was dedicated on May 18, 1968 in the park of the city leisure center that is called Kochegarka Coalmine's Palace of Culture.
Nikita Izotov (1902-1951) is remembered as an innovator of the coalmining production and a hero of Stalinist propaganda.
He started working at “Kochegarka” coalmine in 1922 and in 1932 he set the first coalmining record. He produced 640 tons of coal per shift.
The monument to Nikita Izotov is considered to be the world’s first monument to a worker.
It is located at the beginning of Lenin Street in front of Lenin Conference Center.
This monument has always been one of the symbols of the city.
It was a must to have a picture of yourself taken in front of this monument.
I liked visiting other places and monuments.
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It's another must in Horlivka.
is one of the favorite places
of lots of local children, teenagers and grownups.
It begins in Victory Avenue and proceeds along Dimitrov Boulevard to Revolution Square.
There is a park with stone figures, a beertent and a lot of benches.
The Promenade ends at Horlivka Uprising Monument near Rodina Hotel that, in its turn, stands in front of Stirol Leisure Center.
There are a lot of young and not-so-young people here at any time of day and night.
The Promenade is well lit and it was a lot of fun to take a stroll along it.
You can see an old Lenin monument in Lenin Avenue next to Artiom Ugol coalmining administration.
This old monument is unique for it is black and looks as though it was carved of a piece of high quality coal.
Where else can you see a black Lenin monument ?
I think only the well-respected Soviet coalminers could get away with such things in the good old USSR. A lot of things depended on them in the economy and they were treated very well in the USSR...
If you proceed farther along Lenin Avenue and turn left to Dimitrov Boulevard, you will see this Afghan War memorial at the beginning of Dimitrov Boulevard.
First you will see a bronze eagle with a black memorial plaque with the names of all soldiers and officers who fell in the battles in Afghanistan during the war of 1979-1989.
There are 28 names of Horlivka residents who fell in the battles in Afghanistan.
Further you will see a bronze figure of a dying soldier that looks very impressive indeed...
The fountain in Victory Square is a good meeting point for city visitors.
Thank God the fountain operates in hot weather.
However, I did not see anybody bathe there. It must be forbidden. The fountain bottom is far from being clean, therefore locals do not risk bathing there.
The locals call this fountain ash-tray.
So you can say to new your local friends, "Meet you at the ash-tray!" and they will be more than pleased to know you are well informed about their customs.
If you wish to find out more about the city, why not visit the city history museum in Pushkin Street?
The museum is on the first floor of an apartment house in the premises of a former store.
It has nine exhibitions halls and about 18,000 exhibits.
The exhibits start with the prehisory of this area.
The museum was founded in 1957.
To see the main sites and to feel the busy city atmosphere, I would suggest that you drive along the main city streets according to the following route (you can make as many stops as you wish just to take pictures or to relax:
the monument to Nikita Izotov, Lenin Avenue >>>
turn left to Besposhchadny Street (Jubilee Park, ponds and Volcano nightclub) >>>
Minin and Pozharsky Street (Gostiny Dvor – Inn – hotel + restaurant) >>>
turn left to Komsomol Street (past Power Specialists Park and Victory Square) >>>
turn left to Rudakov Street (past Heroes Park) >>>
turn left to Herzen Street >>>
turn right to Victory Avenue (Bavaria Restaurant) >>>
turn right to Gagarin Street >>>
turn left to Pushkin Street (arts museum and city history museum) >>>
and proceed to Soviet Army Park and the bus terminal.
The old city pak is called Gorky Park exactly like in Moscow.
It is located far from all the main modern attractions of the city and is not frequented as much as the Promenade.
I can understand that.
The park is really far from all apartment houses.
It is very large and looks like a forest.
It was dedicated in 1932 and is the oldest park in the city.
Its territory is really huge: about 60 hectares.
There are a lot of trees:
oaks, chestnut-trees, ash-trees, birch-trees.
They say some oaks are over 100 years old.
When we were students, we did not frequent this park and not only because we were very busy with our homework. This park had a very bad fame...
Now children visit this park only with grownups or with their educators as a field trip.
Children enjoy riding the rollercoaster and merry-go-rounds, drop in at the shooting gallery and take a walk along its mumerous lanes.
But very few people decide to walk about this park and along its neglected lanes.
However, our cab driver explained to us that the park is quite safe now.
This is how you would call this leisure center.
Its official name has always been Lenin Palace of Culture.
It belongs to Kochegarka ("Stokehold") coalmine, the biggest one in the city.
It was erected to glorify the coalminers' hard labor and was a gift to the city workers.
Now this building also houses a court.
The monument to Nikita Izotov, the famous local coalminer, is located in front of the main entrance to this leisure center.
There are a lot of children's dance studios and hobby groups here.
On holidays such as International Children Protection Day (June 1) concerts are held right at the main entrance to the leisure center.
This building is a true sample of Stalin era Empire Style in achitecture, the style that was banned by Khrushchov government in 1955.
In 1955 Khrushchov government adopted a decree on struggle against "architectural excesses". Stalin era's designing and architecture were declared as wasteful and extravagant.
The Resolution No.1871 of the Communist Party Central Committee and the USSR Cabinet of Ministers “On elimination of excesses in designing and construction” dated November 4, 1955 declared all the architectural masterpieces of Stalin era as extravagant and wasteful and blamed the architects for their approach.
The afterwar "Empire Style" was banned and the architects started building what we call boxes instead of original and inimitable houses.
"Democratic" Nikita Khrushchov regarded Stalin era construction extravagance as out of place and lacking economic discipline.
A new academy was founded: City Construction and Architecture Academy whose task was to accelerate the fulfillment of the Communist Party plans in the city construction.
Razumov Miniature Book Museum is located in the building of the city library at 132A Victory Avenue.
It’s a good idea to make an appointment before paying a visit and having a guided tour.
The museum has a small hall with exhibitions of miniature books and microbooks.
The museum collection comprises 8,500 books now, among them 7,008 books were presented by the museum founder Benjamin Razumov (1915-2001) who had collected such books for decades. He left his entire collection by will to the city in 1991.
It’s a unique museum, the only one of such kind in Ukraine.
It has books published in 57 countries in 103 languages. These are both ancient and modern, handwritten and printed books.
You can even see a unique book called speck of dust whose dimensions are sixty times smaller than a poppy seed. You can see the book through the microscope and read two poems by Alexander Pushkin there.
Contact Ms.Gallina Nikolayenko, director.
It's a must for everybody who comes to Horlivka.
Our college, Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, is situated in Rodakov Street not far from this square, so it was our favorite hangout.
Now it is also one of the favorite hangouts of young people. It can be seen by a lot of litter left by them in the evenings.
The janitors, if any, do not manage to take all the litter away: the empty plastic beer bottles, packing, etc.
You can just walk around the square shopping, taking pictures and having coffee at one of its numerous cafes or have a beer or two at one of the pubs here.
Please keep the country tidy, too!
Do not follow the example of some cool and careless local guys leaving tons of litter around...
Here is a short movie about Victory Square.
The movie theater has a spacious hall with rich Stalin era décor, a big nice foyer with a bar, comfortable seats. And, of course, there is a beertent at the entrance.
I wonder if they drink beer before or after the show...
The movie theater was refurbished in 2000 and looks very nice now, much better than it used to when I was a student.
There are also concerts and gala meetings in the main hall of this movie theater.
I attended our Graduates’ Reunion in this hall.