Starobil's'k Local Customs

  • On the northern outskirts of Starobilsk
    On the northern outskirts of Starobilsk
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  • The River Aydar, Starobilsk
    The River Aydar, Starobilsk
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  • The River Aydar, Starobilsk
    The River Aydar, Starobilsk
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    The Great Schemer

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Ostap Bender in Starobilsk
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    In 2008 the monument to the famous novel was unveiled at the campus of Starobilsk Faculty of Shevchenko National University. University in Starobilsk
    The monument was a gift for the tenth anniversary of Starobilsk Faculty of the Shevchenko National University. The jubilee was celebrated on October 24, 2008.
    Sculptor Andrey Borovoy, a lecturer of Shevchenko National University, is the author of the monument.
    The Twelve Chairs monument depicts Ostap Bender entering the city in 1927 and a beggar boy who spread out his arm begging “the Great Schemer” for notorious ten copecks.
    As the faculty dean Nickolay Vykhvatenko said, this monument should become the visiting card of the faculty and one of the visiting cards of Starobilsk.
    The name of the city is closely connected with the famous novel of Soviet writers Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov “The Twelve Chairs” whose main hero was Ostap Bender, “the Great Schemer”.
    One of the most hilarious chapters in the book is "Interplanetary Chess Congress", still perhaps the greatest piece of chess humor ever written.
    As Alexander Fadeyev, Chairman of the Soviet Writers' Union, wrote to Ilf and Petrov: "You have a very nice hero, Ostap Bender. But really, he's just a son of a ***." (Journal "Odessa", No. 8, 1997).
    The novel was filmed and has always enjoyed great popularity among people of the Soviet Union and FSU countries now.
    The actors who played the main role of Ostap Bender – Archil Gomiashvili (1926-2005) who played Ostap in 1971 and later Andrey Mironov (1941-1987) who played that role in 1977 – became almost national heroes afterwards, even if that role had been their only one.

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    City Nicknames

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Like in many towns and cities, many city districts have their own colloquial names here such as Zayerok (“Behind the Ravine”);
    Svoboda (“Freedom”);
    Bugorok (“Little Mound”);
    Sotyi (“The 100th”);
    Hollywood
    Zhe Deh
    (railway station area and that of Sandy Lake)
    For example, nobody calls the well-known monument to the First Starobilsk partisan detachment by its official name. Many people have a vague idea or none at all of what the monument dedicated to, but a lot of people simply call it saldat s mabilkay, that is, a soldier with a mobile phone :-)
    You can see a box (with bullets?) on the solder's belt and that soldier's box reminds you of a modern mobile phone holder. Thus its people's name.

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    Flowers to the Liberators

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    To the Liberators of Starobilsk County
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    To the Liberators of Starobilsk County - this is how this war memorial is called.
    This war memorial is located on the northern outskirts of Starobilsk on the road to Novopskov.
    You can see a war time tank – T-34 that has number 777 and a plaque attached to it. The inscription on the plaque reads,
    Erected on May 9, 1978
    There is a statue of a Soviet soldier standing on a high pedestal with a memorial plaque where the military units that took part in the battles for liberation of Starobilsk County are listed.
    This monument is often visited by the newly-weds during their traditional city tour after the wedding ceremony.
    The wedding reception will not begin without such a city tour.
    The newly-weds lay flowers to the liberators of Starobilsk here.Weddings in StarobilskThe inscription on the pedestal of the tank monument reads,The heroic feat of the officers and soldiers of the 183rd Tank Brigade
    and their commander Hero of the Soviet Union
    Grigory Andrushchenko
    shall live in the memory of the residents of Starobilsk County
    forever

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    At the Entrance to the City

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    The southern road cross, Starobilsk
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    Like in many Ukrainian cities you can see road crosses in this city, too.
    There is a traditional Orthodox inscription:
    Save and Preserve on each of them.
    They were erected on the four sides of the city.
    Each cross was consecrated by the city priests.
    This one is in the south and you see it upon entering Starobilsk from Luhansk.
    I liked the view and could not help taking a picture of it.
    The roadside marker is Soviet times legacy.
    The inscription on it is in Russian unlike most of the city entrance signs in Ukraine.
    The inscription reads,
    City of Starobyelsk.
    Founded in 1686

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    City Beach

    by hunterV Written Mar 23, 2011

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    The city beach on the River Aydar in  March
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    Starobilsk has a tiny city beach on the River Aydar.
    It's an official beach, as it were.
    All other beaches are called wild beaches where bathing is at your own risk.
    There is a summer bar on the city beach where you can sit and enjoy the views after bathing.
    The water is not exactly pure, but they say it is suitable for bathing.

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    Women’s Monastery

    by hunterV Updated Mar 22, 2011

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    Holy Sorrows women���s monastery, Starobilsk
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    Holy Sorrows women’s monastery located at 43 Kirov Street is one of the important historical landmarks of Starobilsk.
    It was founded in 1849.
    The full name of the monastery is Russian Orthodox Church Monastery of Our Lady, The Joy of All Who Sorrow.
    It architectural complex adorned the city for decades.
    You can't help admiring its architecture even now.
    In 1924 the monastery was closed by the Bolsheviks. Its premises were used for a military unit and were only returned to the church after the desintergration of the Soviet Union.
    Now you can attend a liturgy there or simply enter the church and light a candle or two there.
    The monastery’s roadside church is open for public.
    All other p[renises are only used my nuns of the monastery.Pictures of Starobilsk churchesWomen’s Monastery
    Video about the Women’s MonasteryAbout this iconAkathist to the Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow

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    City of Seven Bridges

    by hunterV Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    At the Love Bridge of Starobilsk
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    Starobilsk is often called City of Seven Bridges and the Ukrainian Venice.
    In spring floods at the River Aydar are not rare and when the flood occurs the city looks like Venice, especially for visitors.
    One of the bridges is especially popular. It is the surpension bridge, or Lovers Bridge.
    You can see a lot of locks at the former bolt holes that supported the right hand-rails.
    The hand-rails are gone now, so the holes are being actively used by the young people.
    They hang new locks at the iron rail, whioch is meant for good luck.
    In facts, all the hand-rails became the grounds for numerous inscriptions and autographs on that bridge.

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    Liberation Day

    by hunterV Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    A war memorial in the city park
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    The Nazis seized Starobilsk on July 12, 1942 and began to establish a new order at once.
    Round-ups, indiscriminate arrests, executions and deportation of young people to forced labor to Germany became everyday events.
    Hundreds and hundreds of patriots and innocent residents – women, children and elderly people – were savagely executed by the Nazis.
    The lawless new order lasted for 196 until January 23, 1943 when the city was liberated by the Soviet Army.
    January 23 is annually observed as the City Liberation Day.
    There is a small war memorial in the city park.
    It is located opposite the common grave of Soviet soldiers and officers.
    The monument is an obelisk standing on a high pedestal.
    The inscription on the black plaque located at the foot of the pedestal reads,Eternal glory
    to the heroes who fell in the battles
    for the liberation of our Motherland

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