I remember having a walk in downtown Kherson.
I payed attention to numerous advertisements and boards like this one intended to advertise a political party called 'Apple' whose emblem is a pineapple.
The word 'pineapple' sounds in Russian like the beginning of the phrase 'It will not let us down'.
walking along Ushakov Avenue and exploring its stores, parks and squares.
Fondest memory: visiting All Saints' Church not far from the central street. The church was built in 1803 - one of the oldest in the country. The old cemetery is still around the church, which cannot be seen in other towns and cities. All monuments of Soviet times are also still there unlike some 'progressive' Western-Ukrainian cities which have long raised all Soviet monuments to the ground.
Favorite thing: The legend says that the Grand Duke Potjomkin discovered the old gate with the Greek inscription: "From here you must go to Visantija". Many years ago they called Russia the Visantija’s successor; and Moscow was called the Third Rome, while the Tsargrad (Konstantinopol) was the Second Rome. It is interesting to know that during the Russian – Turkish wars, the idea to revive Visantija rose among the politicians; and they called it "the Greek project". The aim of that project was to liberate Balkan countries from the Ottomans. The plan was for the creation of the new state, "Visantija", which would submit to the Russian throne. Kherson was the part of that project. Ekaterina II had to crown her grandson Konstantin on the Visantija throne. But the death of Ekaterina’s II favorite, Potjomkin, destroyed those ambitious intentions. According to Potjomkin’s last wish, he was buried in Kherson, in the city of his unrealized hopes. His grave is in the Ekaterina’s church in the territory of the Glory Park. There, tourists can see remains of the old fortress: fragments of the rampart, the gate, the well, and the tombs of Russians warriors, killed during the heroic Ochakov’s siege.
The main enterprise in ship-building branch is Kherson Ship-building plant.
" Kherson Combines " is considered to be the main enterprise of agricultural mechanical engineering.
The main representative of an oil refining industry is Kherson Oil Refining Complex . The main representative of a light industry in Kherson is Kherson Cotton Mill, Kherson Shoe factory, rent enterprise «Krasen», Kherson Cannary Factory. In structure of a food-processing industry - canning, wine-making, confectionery, meat and dairy, oil refinery, producing of flour and cereals, fish and other branches.
Fondest memory: The Kherson Seaport has transported 241,2 thousand tons of cargoes, among them 143,6 thousand tons into foreign, and 97,6 thousand tons into the internal messages.
Total volume of foreign trade in the goods of the local enterprises and organizations of area has made up 202,8 mln US dollars in 1997, (export - 78,6 mln US dollars, import - 123,6 mln US dollars). The enterprises of Kherson area have made the foreign trade operations on different goods with the partners of 76 countries of the world. The countries of CIS take 41,5 % of exports of goods and 59,2 % of import. The significant volume of the goods Russian Federation, Moldova, Kazakhstan are taking. Among other countries of the world the largest trade partners of Kherson are Italy, Turkey, Belgium and Germany.
In Kherson there are 69 schools for 53 thousand schoolchildren, among them: 4 Liceums, 3 grammar schools, 5 specialized and 1 national, 2 schools of a private pattern of ownership.
The maximum education can be received in higher educational institutions : Technological University, Teacher's Training University, Agricultural University, Kherson branch of the Ukrainian State Sea Technological University. And some private ones.
Fondest memory: You can be selective in means of mass media in Kherson as they are given in a large choice to the population. There are weekly and monthly printed regional editions - newspapers and magazines - with the circulation from 5 000 to 70 000 ("Grivna", "Khersonsky Visnyk", "Novy Den", "Gorod'Ok",etc.). There is Kherson regional state TV company and radio station, private TV companies and FM radio stations. The mass media of the city contains and gives coverage of local, home and foreign affairs. The publications deal with very burning problems of the city history, latest events and forecasts for future. They also touch upon cultural, sport news.
It's a very important fact that 5 regional and urban hospitals work in the city, serving adults and children, the maternity houses are also included into this structure.
The Kherson region situated in Southern Ukraine, in the steppe belt of the Black Sea Lowland on both banks of the Dnipro River, directly north of the Black sea and the sea of Azov.
This area is very interesting by the historical and cultural monuments, and also sea and river beaches, but it practically is unknown to the foreign tourists.
Many peoples have passed through magnificent primordial steppe of Tavria, having left us on memory traces of their civilizations and cultures.
Favorite thing: There is the unique nature reserve Askaniya Nova that is included by UNESKO in the global world network of the natural reserves. It is the first nature reserve of Ukraine. The virgin steppe is the greatest value of the reserve. You can still see there Scythian monuments - "stone images" and burial mounds. This part of the unique land in the eastern part of the Europe is considered the example of the droughty steppe. 452 kinds of the flowers have been growing there, 50 kinds of the wild hoof animals from all continents live there at the Zoo.
Favorite thing: The modern Kherson is the large city with the population over 400.000 citizens, with the glorious history & the rich culture. The Dniper-river & the wide city’s zone of green trees provide a good possibility for the rest to the Khersoners and to the guests of the city. Kherson is one of the most "green" cities of Ukraine.
Favorite thing: During the World War II occupation (1941-1944) the fascists killed over 17.000 citizens. But Kherson people were the true patriots of their country. They fought bravely against the enemy. The partisan group took an active part in the struggle against the fascists. You can see several monuments at the city’s parks to the heroes of the Grate Patriotic War.
Favorite thing: According to the Potjomkin’s last wish he was buried in Kherson, in the city of his unrealizable hopes. His grave is in the Ekaterina’s church on the territory of the Glory park. There tourists can see remains of the old fortress: fragments of the rampart, the gate, the well & the tombs of Russians warriors, killed during the heroic Ochakov’s siege
Many legendary persons have invested their energy in making Kherson one of the major Southern center of the Russian Empire. The general Gannibal (the uncle of Pushkin’s mother) was the main constructor of Kherson and the first ship "Ekaterina’s Glory" was built Under his leading .
Fondest memory: Admiral Ushakov continued this business. Due to the admiral’s efforts the terrible epidemic of plague was stopped and lives of many citizens were saved. And since that time the main street of the city is named Ushakov Avenue. In 1792-1794 Suvorov lived in one of them, at that time he was the commander of the Kherson’s military corps. In 1792-1794 the famous Commander Suvorov lived in Kherson when he was the commander of the Kherson’s military corps.
Kherson is a nice green city at the south of Ukraine that situated on two banks of the Dniper river’s downstream.
Fondest memory: The city of the river- and the sea - ports, Kherson is connected with 42 countries of the world. The cargo ships & the passenger ships sail along the Dniper-river from Kherson to Kiev, the local water lines serve the thousands of passengers monthly, especially in summer.
Kherson was founded in 1778 by the decree of Ekaterina II with the aim to defend the south part of the Russian empire. The city was built at the mouth of the Dniper-river and it had to be the base for the creation of the Black sea fleet. The city was named in the honor of the old Greek colony Chersonese.
Fondest memory: The legend says that the grand duke Potjomkin discovered the old gate with the Greek inscription: "From here you must go to Visantija". Many years ago they called Russia the Visantija’s successor & Moscow was called the Third Rome, while the Tsargrad (Konstantinopol) was the Second Rome. It is interesting to know that during the Russian – Turkey wars the idea to revival Visantija rose among the politicians, they called it "the Greek project". The aim of that project was to deliberate Balkan countries from Osmans, the creation of the new state "Visantija", which would submit to the Russian throne. Kherson was the part of that project. Ekaterina II had to crown her grandson Konstantin on the Visantija throne. But the death of Ekaterina’s II favorite Potjomkin destroyed the ambitious intentions.
Kherson is famous for the Local Lore Museum (founded in the XIX-th century) and the Museum of Fine Arts with its rich collection of Russian and Ukrainian painting of the last three centuries.
Fondest memory: Now Kherson population - about 400.000 inhabitants.
The town was founded by Catherine the Great in 1778 as the cradle of the Russian Black Sea Navy. The history of the city of the XVIII century is closely connected with the names of Alexander Suvorov, Fyodor Ushakov, John Howard, Gngory Potyemkin.
Fondest memory: Due to its geographical position (23 miles from the Black Sea) Kherson has sea, river, oil and cereal ports. The industrial image of the city is realized in shipbuilding, textile and agricultural machinery.