Starobil's'k Travel Guide

  • On the northern outskirts of Starobilsk
    On the northern outskirts of Starobilsk
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    Starobilsk County Council building
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  • The River Aydar, Starobilsk
    The River Aydar, Starobilsk
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Starobil's'k Things to Do

  • Visit the First Monument

    Revolution Heroes monument is located on the territory of the city park.It was built in 1924.It is also called the First Monument.The monument is devoted to all the fallen heroes of the Communist revolution and the Civil war.The inscription on the cenotaph reads, Eternal gloryto the revolution heroes,brick-layers of the new worldMy local friends...

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  • Visit and Explore the City Park

    The city park still bears the proud Soviet name: Lenin Komsomol Park. Komsomol was the name of the Young Communist League (YCL). YCL was named in honor of Grandpa Lenin. What was NOT named after him in Soviet times I wonder?The name Lenin in the Soviet Union meant almost the same as the name Royal for many institutions in Great Britain.So you would...

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  • A Stroll in Market Square

    Market Square is the first thing you see when you arrive to Starobilsk by bus.It's a typical county center market square I would say.You can browse numerous stores and shops in this square.There are a lot of kiosks, snack bars and cafes in this square.Santa Maria used to be a decent cafe within a walking distance from Market Square. It is closed...

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  • Say Hello to Grandpa Lenin

    You simply can't avoid him.He watches you at work, on your way and during your relaxation.You will wonder who he is...It's Grandpa Lenin, of course.That's how people used to call him lovingly in the talk with kids in Soviet times and that's how we mention our former genius mockingly now...Lenin's bust is located to the left of the entrance to YCL...

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  • Starobilsk Regiment Monument

    Starobilsk Revolution Regiment monument was unveiled on April 27, 1973 at the entrance to the city park.You can see the map on the pillar next to the statue.The map depicts the battle route of Starobilsk Revolution regiment headed by Samuel Kovalenko in 1918-1920.You can see the statue of a soldier with a rifle in his hand. The soldier has a box on...

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  • Visit the Common Grave

    When you walk in the park, you will see several war memorials, among them a common grave.There is a common grave of Soviet officers and soldiers who fell during the battle for the liberation of Starobilsk in 1943.There is a marble plate with a star where the Eternal Flame is lit on Victory Day.There is an inscription above the star that reads,...

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  • Modern Time Memorials

    There is Afghan War Memorial in the city park.It is located at the foot of the Revolution Heroes monument.The inscription on the Afghan War memorial reads,Eternal glory to the courageous sons of Starobilsk County who perished in AfghanistanThere is Chernobyl Memorial in Independence Square opposite the Starobelsk Faculty of Shevchenko National...

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  • Greet the Great Schemer

    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”. Those two writers stayed in Starobilsk for some time, collected a lot of material and published their novel afterwards.One of the most hilarious chapters in their...

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  • War Heroes Memorial

    There are several war memorials in the city park, among them a cpmmon grave of the soldiers and officers who fell liberating the city on January 23, 1943.Picture 1: Starobilsk Heroes monument.Here you can see the goldebn star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and ten marble memorial plaques to the war heroes with their names and portraits.Heroes of...

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Starobil's'k Restaurants

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    This is where I had lunch a couple of times.
    The restaurant has two halls and is a good place of relaxation during your trip/hike around the city.

    Favorite Dish: shish kebab, Ukrainian varenyky

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Starobil's'k Nightlife

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    by hunterV Updated Mar 22, 2011

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    It's the only nightclub in Starobilsk. It is proud to be 12 years "online".
    Please follow the ads. The parties are not held every week there.
    You can also attend a dance party in the city park in summer.
    There are old dancing gounds there.
    The nightclub has DJs: DJ Lamark, DJ Maximoff
    Music: Techno, Tech–House, Progressive, Electro-House/ R’n’B, Pop, Club, House.
    the entrance fee is 20 UAH.

    Dress Code: casual

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Starobil's'k Transportation

  • Two Hours By Bus

    It's very easy to get to Starobilsk from the bus terminal in Luhansk.Buses to Starobilsk depart every half an hour.There are direct buses and you can also take any buses going north: to Kharkiv, Byelgorod, Voronezh.The bus fare is about $3.

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  • Grab a Cab!

    Astra taxi service seems to be the biggest one in Starobilsk.Here are their phone numbers FYI:+38 06461 3 38 88+38 06461 3 38 89+38 066 103-07-15,+38 097 987-00-94

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Starobil's'k Local Customs

  • The Great Schemer

    In 2008 the monument to the famous novel was unveiled at the campus of Starobilsk Faculty of Shevchenko National University. University in StarobilskThe 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...

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  • City Nicknames

    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”);HollywoodZhe Deh (railway station area and that of Sandy Lake)For example, nobody calls the well-known monument to the First Starobilsk partisan detachment by...

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  • Flowers to the Liberators

    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, 1978There is a statue of a Soviet...

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Starobil's'k Warnings and Dangers

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    by hunterV Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    Driving along the streets of Starobilsk you might be tempted to ask yourself or your local friends when the roads is going to begin.
    Well, it began somewhere on the city outskirts, but our traditional curruption prevented the road from genuine construction and turned it into another imitation road or merely a direction.
    That’s what our drivers call our roads: merely directions.
    But don’t let that deter you.
    Driving along the local roads in rainy weather would leave no chance to your car, whether it is a VW or a BMW. Any car would turn into SM (scrape metal) here since you don’t know the local roads and their decent pot-holes...
    If it rains, forget that you own a car - take a bus or a grab a cab. At least the local drivers know every porthole by heart...

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Starobil's'k Off The Beaten Path

  • Bridges Across the Aydar

    Since the River Aydar rounds the city at a big distance, there are several bridges across the Aydar in Starobilsk:from the upstream down:Railway Bridge;Suspended Bridge;Pontoon-Bridge;Gnilokha Bridge;Podrogovka Bridge;Moskalivka Bridge.

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  • Attending a Liturgy

    There are two old Orthodox churches and a women’s monastery in Starobilsk:St.Nickolas Cathedralbuilt in 1862located at 11 Uritsky Streettel.+38 06461 21001Archpriest Vladimir (Solovey).Church of Nativity of John the Forerunnerbuilt in 1850located in Ware SquareArchpriest Alexander (Velichko).tel.+38 06461 20534Holy Sorrow Women’s Monasteryrevived...

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Starobil's'k Sports & Outdoors

  • Olympus Soccer Team

    The city soccer team is called Olympus.It plays in the second league of Luhansk region and not very successfully.Picture 2 shows the results of matches and Olympus does not belong to top five.They play at Coloss soccer stadium in Starobilsk or at other stadiums of Luhansk region as a visiting team. Coloss ("Wheat-ear") soccer stadium, Starobilsk

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  • Extreme Sports in Starobilsk

    My local friends recommended me some extreme sports here.Extreme relaxation in Starobilsk:- cycling from Novosyolovskaya Hill;- bungee jumping from Podgorovsky Bridge or Railway Bridge;- paragliding from the hill on the Fifth Beach;- parachute jumping from the TV tower;- bathing in the Third Locks of the city dike.Picture 4,5: the local stadium is...

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  • Official City Symbols

    The flag of Starobilsk consists of three horizontal stripes: white, green and golden.The white stripe symbilizes the nearby chalk cliffs. There is the coat-of-arms of Starobilsk in its left corner.The green stripe is a symbol of the natural riches of this agricultural area.The golden stripe symbolizes the huge wheat fields of the county.

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  • Russian Count of Monte Cristo

    old Russian architecture and bridges The name of the city is also connected with Nestor Makhno, a Ukrainian guerilla leader, who is often called Russian Count of Monte Cristo.Makhno used to help the poor and the suffering and took revenge on the rich and powerful during the turbulent years of the Bolshevik revolution.Nestor Makhno had his own...

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  • Catacombs of Starobilsk

    Starobilsk seems to be a city of legends.Underground passages is one of them. Nobody knows when the underground passages appeared in Starobilsk.The locals know or have heard that they connected the women’s monastery and city churches.One of the passages was about three kilometers long. It began in the monsatery and led to the riverbank. People can...

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