Why not take a stroll in the village park?It is located behind the village club.The old Soviet times entrance sign is still there. It can be seen from the main street. The inscription above the old entrance sign reads, Park of Culture and Rest.This is how all the Soviet parks were called.There is a common grave of soldiers who died in the battles...more
The local church is the first thing you see on your right when you enter this village.It is called Church of the Protecting Veil of the Most Holy Mother of God.The church is very old. You can see it at once by the entrance gate and the special architectural forms here.It is also very nice inside. Father Peter, the church dean, blessed me to take...more
Like in many other villages, the local lore museum is in the secondary school here.It is in the hall of the second floor near the computer science room.You can see old artefacts of the village life carefully collected and restored by the school students: handicrafts, agricultural tools and pictures.There are embroidered pictures on the walls. They...more
Walking along the main street, you can see a mixture of houses of different epoches and styles.The first picture is the building of the former polyclinic. It looks like a very old house and I think it could have been the HQ of the Russian army regiment in 1825 when the village was called Novoastrakhan.Regrettably nobody can confirm or reject that...more
This church has a spacious hall with a lot of murals and icons.You can enter the church and admire its rich decor.Do not forget to ask Father Peter or his wife Lyubov for his/her blessing if you intend to take pictures or make a video coverage. Be prepared to explain to him why you need those pictures or videos.A donation to the church would be...more
There are three war memorials in the village.They are dedicated to the soldiers and officers who fell in the battles for liberation of their Motherland in 1941-1945.The biggest one is located in the square in front of the village club. It contains the names of the villagers who did not come back from the fronts. You can see memorial plaques with...more
I liked this place in the main street.
The entrance looks like a hunters' log cabin.
In fact, there is a store, a room for winter bar inside and two tents outside for summer parties.
Favorite Dish: good local beer from Lissichansk
The night life in the village is limited to TV watching and talking with friends at tea.
A visit to the dance club on weekends is a big event.
Many young people have to leave for the neighboring cities of Rubizhne or Syeverodonetsk to attend a good disco show.
Dress Code: village style
You can reach this village by bus from Rubizhne.
The bus is Rubizhne - Mostki.
This bus will take you to Novoastrakhan in about forty minutes.
Another way is via Syeverodonetsk.
It will make forty-five minutes.
Buses to/from Novoastrakhan depart five times a day.
This is the timetable of the bus Syeverodonetsk - Novoastrakhan:
5 a.m., 10 a.m., 12.30, 3.30 p.m., 6 p.m.;
Novoastrakhan - Syeverodonetsk:
6 a.m., 11 a.m., 1.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., 7 p.m.These buses pass several other villages on their way, among them Borovenki and Epiphanovka.
There is a store at every street in the village.
This one is in the main street and main square.
I dropped in at another nice store in Lenin Street. Its entrance is decorated with logs and looks attractive. The choice of goods is fine here. My picture here shows food and drinks section.
What to buy: food and drink
What to pay: 100 UAH and up
A special exhibition in the village museum is devoted to the famous village sponsor - Vladimir Poddubny, a school graduate, Class 1972.He is now a Russian Cossacks Army general. He is the chief of Rosstroyinvest Inc. in Yekaterinburg.He sponsored the huge renovation of the secondary school and its classrooms like nobody else in the village before....more
Like many other villages and towns of Luhansk region, Novoastrakhan has its Liberation Day - the day when the village was liberated from Nazi invaders.Nova Astrakhan was liberated from Nazi invaders by the 41st Guards Division on January 31, 1943.On that day every year there are gala meetings and a concert at the local school to honor the Soviet...more
As I was walking along Shevchenko Street I was surprised to see such fences with plastic bottles.I asked the locals in that streets and they explained to me those plastic bottles were a good cow repellant: when cows return home from the pasture, they tend to break into the yards.To prevent them from doing so, they use lots of plastic bottles to...more
The thing is the streets are not necessarily all well lit, hence you would need a flashlight to be able to walk along the streets at night.
It's amazing how the locals can walk along the streets knowing each pot-hole by heart.
Since not all the village roads are asphalted, be careful when you decide to drive a bicycle or a motorbike.
It can be a real trial for you.
Therefore I would trust the locals and have them drive me around.
There were more than fifty amcient burial mounds on the outskirts of the village.
As of today, most of them were ploughed up for they interfered with intensive farming in Soviet times.
The official reports of archeologists say that only nine graves were found in two burial moulds. All other moulds should be fake ones.
The findings date back to 2000 B.C.
Such things existed in ancient times indeed.
The nomadic tribes always tried to keep the burial place of their leaders and nobility a secret. Thus so many burial moulds arreared.
Here's a map for you (it is in Russian, though).
As you can guess and see, one side of the village lies on the bank of the River Borova.
The Borova is an 84-kilometer-long river of Luhansk region.
It is one of the left tributaries of the Seversky Donets, the biggest river of Luhansk region that divides the region into two parts: the northern (agricultural) one and the southern (industrial) one.
The area of the village is about 10 square kilometers.
Here is the contact data FYI:
Village Council of Nova Astrakhan
49 Lenin Street
92940 +380 6454 94 1 17
+380 6454 9 42 33
Fondest memory: Taking a stroll along its main street and visiting the school