If you experience problems in finding the right things in Luhansk (post office, telegraph, menus in English, institutions, etc.), Intourist company could be one of your assistants then.
They have their office in Kotsiubinsky Street opposite Absolute supermarket and could help you contact any office, offer you any route in Ukraine with the help of other such offices all over Ukraine.
It is a state tourism office. They could also provide you an interpreter during your stay.
Their phone number is +38 0642 53 06 51 (it is also a fax) and +38 0642 53 44 53. Ask Irina.
There are several web sites with the map of Luhansk. You can check them out to find out if they are useful to you:
Map of Luhansk
Map of Luhansk
Map of Luhansk
Fondest memory: Here are some useful links about Luhansk that I have often visited:
(the majority of them are in Russian, though)
More sides of the cultural life of the city are reflected in the Virtual Lugansk site at
and in the site of the city newspaper “Life of Lugansk”:
and also in the website dedicated to the Ukrainian ladies and published by a friend of mine:
www.afield.org.ua (in Russian);
and one more site:
(an Internet provider's site);
you can also have a look at the site of a city portal:
Theater Square web cam;
and the site of 'Luhansk Initiative' organization:
The First Golf Club of Luhansk region
Besides, you can read about our local saint Philip of Luhansk (1858-1956):
Elder Philip of Luhansk
And take a look at :
some of pictures from LuhanskPictures of Luhansk
Many foreign travelers I have met in Luhansk wonder that we have so many different monuments and memorial places.
Many of those monuments are the Soviet legacy, others have been dedicated of late and are devoted to the city history and its outstanding people.
I think every year the city gets a new monument now, which was not the case in Soviet times.
This huge and impressive monument to Clement Voroshilov (1881-1969), a five-star general and a close associate of Joseph Stalin, stands in Voroshilov Square opposite the City Council at 14 Kotsyubinsky Street. I remember Voroshilov was called "the first red officer" in Soviet times.
The bronze monument itself is a work of art.
It represents "the first Soviet officer" greeting the army at the parade.
It was dedicated on February 4, 1981 when the centenary of Voroshilov's birth was celebrated.
They say the monument cost a pretty penny then.
There are several Internet clubs downtown.
They have "Linux" on their computers, high speed, things to order at the cafe and often vacant computers.
The drawback is that they often save on air- conditioning and you have to put up with the stuffy rooms...
Here is a short list of our computer clubs:Central Post Office
located in the OldTown in Pochtovaya (Post) Street
It has 6 computers with decent speed. Monitor
located at 4B Oboronnaya Street
(at the back side of the tribunes of Vanguard stadium,
opposite Absolute supermarket:
tel. 54 00 65,it ism open round the clock;
it has 22 computers with Internet 112 Kb (6 UAH an hour); Infocenter
located at the campus of Luhansk National Agrarian University
(Sovietskaya Street Gayevoy Circle further along Sovietskaya Street),
tel. 57 78 99,
it is open round the clock,
with 47 computers with Internet : 125 Kbs (5 UAH an hour); Deep Town
located downtown next to Red Square opposite School 20
(behind Mediana supermarket),
tel. 58 87 74, 21 computers, Internet : 4 UAH an hour; Mouse
located in the western blocks
(West End of Luhansk) at 14 Mirnyi Block,
tel. 32 22 50, Internet 2 Mb/s, 4 UAH an hour; Site Club located in the eastern block
(East End: 4a Zhukov Block.
Tel. 41 40 77, 59 98 87,
open round the clock,
connected to Net and InNet, Internet :256 K - 2 UAH/Mbwww.games.lg.ua
Attending a liturgy at the city cathedrals such as:
St.Nickolas Transfiguration Cathedral,
Philip's Chapel where our saint, not yet canonized, Philip of Luhansk (1858-1956) is buried and others, especially on Christmas and Easter.
St.Nickolas Transfiguration Cathedral is in October District at 111 International Street.
It is at the end stop of tram #6 - not far from Rosa Luxembourg Square, City Leisure Center that is called Lenin Palace of Culture.
Tel. +38 0642 55 38 03.
Another famous cathedral is
St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral in Stone Ford District in the northern part of the city.
This is where the treasure of Luhansk is kept:
Luhansk-root Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God.
It is to the left of the cathedral altar.
You can also see another new cathedral here :
St.Alexander of the Neva Cathedral located in Budyonny Street in the East End next to the campus of the East-Ukrainian National University.
Shopping downtown , for instance, in "Perets" supermarket in Sovietskaya Street located in Heroes Square.
Fondest memory: Among many other memories:
shopping at the modern supermarkets in the city:
11 Brest Fortress Heroes Block;
Tel. +38 0642 42 06 01;
1, Heroes Square;
Tel. +38 0642 58 15 45
9 Olkhovsky Block;
tel. +38 0642 32 10 90;
10 Artyom St. Yubileyny Settlement;
tel. +38 0642 34 62 25
Several exhibitions of the local lore museum are devoted to our twin cities: this exhibition is about Cardiff (Great Britain) and Saint Etienne (France).
These cities have been the twin cities of Luhansk since 1963.
Fondest memory: Call the museum +38 0642 55 17 43
This museum is very popular with the public.
It has several exhibitions, among them the well-known local nature exhibition.
The entrance fee is about $1 and some more for allowance to take pictures, but of you want to take a picture of an exhibit, you have to pay extra fee - $1 for each exhibit you want to take a picture of.
Fondest memory: Local Lore Museum offers several exhibitions:
- Museum relics;
- Traditions and customs of Luhansk region;
- Luhansk region from the twenties to the forties;
- Modern Luhansk region;
- Luhansk region in ancient times;
- Nature of Luhansk region
- Treasures of Tibet.
Lots of nice (and expensive) stores with a wide choice of goods: cafes and restaurants.
Fondest memory: When you arrive to Voroshilov Square located opposite the City Council building at 14 Kotsiubinsky Street, why not drop in at the city council lobby and take a picture at the entrance at the background of our flags: the Ukrainian national flag and the flag of Luhansk (to the right) with two orders above you.
Don't forget to ask for the secutirty's consent for that. The security is to your left at the entrance.
the city was awarded with these two orders:
for the first time in 1924 with the Order of the Red Battle Banner
and for the second time - in 1970 with the Order of the October Revolution for the great merits of the city residents during the hard times of its history.
I remember it was a great honor in Soviet times when you have a picture taken of you at the background of such a flag.
For example, when I was a soldier in the Soviet Army in the eighties, I saw the pictures of the best soldiers who had a valuable present: their picture at the background of the battle flag of their unit.
Among the great number of city monuments this one is very popular.
Lots of people have come here to take a picture in front of this monument.
You can always see flowers at its foot.
The newly-weds usually lay flowers to the foot of this monuments and have their pictures taken. It usually takes place on Saturdays.
There are benches on both sides of the monument and it is/was lit with special light effects at night.
Many people bring flowers to the foot of this monument called
Christianity Jubilee Monument.
It was dedicated in December 2000.
They say it was carved of the special Italian granite.
The monument was dedicated to the 2,000th Jubilee of Christianity and is the masterpiece of a famous local sculptor and an architect.
It was sanctified during its dedication by a large group of priests who had ccme from all over Luhansk region.
Taking a stroll from "Luhansk" hotel in Sovietskaya Street to Heroes Square.
You will see the monument to Taras Shevchenko, the Bard of Ukraine (1814-1861) to your right and the monument to the heroes of World War II with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to your left.
The Heroes Obelisk has a plaque with 167 names of the Heroes of the Soviet Union who were born in Luhansk region and a bronze sculpture of the Motherland and soldiers defending it.
Such monuments and memorials can be found in every town and city of our country.
During the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 the Soviet people displayed heroism on a mass scale. They gave a lot of examples of self-sacrifice.
The title of the Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to 11,500 Soviet citizens, people from all parts of the country.
There is a nice park behind the Shevchenko monument.
The park has a cafe and a beautiful fountain.
There are several other cafes in the vicinity: "Alcuba", "Coffeehouse", "Prolissok", "Matrix" nightclub, "Antaliya" cafe and others.
You can browse the square and proceed further to the Russian Drama Theater in Kotsiubinsky Street.
Fondest memory: Sauntering in the woods in "Ostraya Mogila" forest park on the southern outskirts of the city and having a picnic near "our waterfall".
Like in many other towns and cities of the FSU (Former Soviet Union) countries, we have our own war and army memorials...
This one in Ostraya Mogila Block reminds us of the former navigators' glory of Luhansk.
There was a military navigators school in this block that trained military navigators for the whole Soviet Union.
This monument was a present to the pilots of Luhansk in the jubilee year of 1975 when the 30th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Second World War was celebrated.
The monument is MIG-15 rushing to the skies to new victories...
Ostraya Mogila mould is the highest point in the city : 93 m above sea level. You will have a nice view of the city if you climb the mould with an obelisk dedicated to the heroes of the Civil War of 1919.
There is an inscription on the obelisk that reads,Here in Ostraya Mogila in April 1919 the heroic proletariat of Luhansk jointly with the 15th Inzen Division under the leadership of the Bolshevik organization repulsed the attacks of the White Guard troops.
Here in Ostraya Mogila the best sons of Luhansk proletariat, wives of workers and their kids who defended the city under a hurricane of fire died the heroic death of heroes.
Memory of them, of the heroes of the proletarian revolution, will always live in the hearts of the working people.
Fondest memory: sauntering in the nearby woods
The city is rich in libraries.
The biggest one is Gorky Regional library (on the picture):
Besides, each higher educational establishment has its own huge library with lots of books and an Internet access.
Allow some to walk about the Old Town streets of Luhansk and to observe the rich variety of archictecture.
This picture was taken in Post Street not far from the former General Post Office at 27 Post Street.
This building in Post Street is the cultural center of the Ukrainian Germans in Luhansk.
Unfortunately some buildings that survived many different catastrophes are in utter disrepair and need repairs badly.
You can also walk along Lenin Street (former St.Petersburg Street) where there are samples of the Old Russian architecture such as the building of the former library located next to "Free Cossacks' Village" restaurant.
Fondest memory: walking along the Old Town streets
Lots of foreign travelers I have met enjoyed taking pictures in front of Clement Voroshilov monument in Voroshilov Square opposite the City Council at 14 Kotsiubinsky Street.
There's a good view of the railway station, the West End districts, Stone Ford District and the neighboring blocks from this square.
The 12-meter high monument dedicated in 1981 is located next to the biggest apartment house in Luhansk.
This apartment house at 49 Kotsiubinsky Street consists of 700 apartments and was one of the Soviet gigantic construction sites in the seventies of the last century.