Yelenovka Things to Do
When you enter this cathedral, you feel the air of Pushkin's times. The great genius was here!(the popular local legend says so...)We were allowed to take pictures inside after I had addressed the chief lay sister.Also, now I have the blessing of the cathedral dean, Father Alexander (Ponomarenko) to take pictures inside the cathedral. He has seen...more
The village park is called Konka (Horse Road).It is located on the northern outskirts of the village in an old oak grove.The park has a one-kilometer long road built about two hundred years ago by the local peasants for the fun of the landlord and his family. It was built like a railway line or a motorway towering above the surrounding oak grove,...more
It's a must in Yelenovka. In fact, it is the biggest sight here. The cathedral can be seen from afar. You also have to know which road to take to approach it. The best road is through the town of Zorinsk.There are many unpaved roads in the village. One of them is only two miles long and it takes you outside the village directly to Luhansk-Donetsk...more
We had wonderful lunch at the village club as pilgrims after the liturgy. The lunch was great!We enjoyed the real village cuisine: Ukrainian village borshch, country porridge, potatoes, fish from the nearby pond (sponsored by the entrepreneurs of the local fishery) and different salads.The club is where the locals usually receive pilgrims and other...more
The Feast Day liturgy is over soon after 11 a.m. At the end of the liturgy Father Alexander, the cathedral dean, invites everybody to the village club for traditional lunch. The lunch starts at about noon.As a pilgrim, I was also privileged to do some obedience during the liturgy.The priest's wife asked me along with several other men to bring big...more
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Village Club: Young People's Retreat
There are not many young people in the village: perhaps two dozens of them.
There are ten school students who are taken by bus to the neighboring village of Chervony Prapor where they attend the secondary school.
Chervony Prapor is the place where the village council is located. It is about two miles to the north of Yelenovka.
The young people gather in the club in Yelenovka and arrange a disco or a concert themselves there.
Dress Code: casualRelated to:
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During my third pilgrimage I took the 6.15 bus and got off at Bayrachki bus stop located right after Zorinsk.The fare was 15 UAH.There are two buses in the morning: at 6.15 a.m. and at 6.40 a.m. The latter one is a transit bus from Sverdlovsk to Donetsk.You don't have to run to the booking-office at the bus terminal to get a ticket.You only have to...more
I took the 6.20 bus from Luhansk. All the buses heading for Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk or Kiev from Luhansk follow the same road - E-40 motorway.You only have to pay $3 to the driver and tell him to let you get off at Bayrachki bus stop (after Zorinsk).If the weather is dry enough for you have to walk past the old coalmine along the earth road to get...more
Picture 1 and 2:You can see by this map that Yelenovka is located not far from the outskirts of the town of Zorinsk (that my American friend jokingly calls Z-town).The distance from downtown Zorinsk to Yelenovka is about five miles. Since I visited Yelenovka on November 21 when the weather was damp and the roads were not walkable, I used to walk...more
Nika: Village Shop
I went shopping to this small shop located across the field from the village club and the church.
You can buy almost anything here as to food and drink, just like at a small town shop, except liquors such as vodka or brandy.
What to buy: food and drinks and, of course, village bread (baked in the neighboring city of Brianka).
What to pay: it dependsRelated to:
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Yelenovka Local Customs
The villagers experience a problem with water. Not every house has an operating well that would cater for enough water. Due to the extensive coal mining in the area, water tends to disappear quickly.Owing to that situation, the villagers made one artesian well and provided it with an electric pump. They have to arrive to that place with their big...more
The village is often called the village of experts.The names implicates that many experts of different trades have lived and worked in the village. Now there are many labor dynasties, among them the coalminers dynasty of the Bugayovs whose total work record is 62 years in coal-mines. The labor dynasties were honored during the Village Day...more
St.Michael the Archangel is a very revered saint in Ukraine and Russia.He is the patron saint of Kiev, our capital, and is represented on Kiev’s coat-of-arms. There is St.Michael’s Square, St.Michael's Street and St.Michael's Cathedral in Kiev.There is a cathedral named after this saint in Perevalsk County, in the same county as Yelenivka, in the...more
Yelenovka Warnings and Dangers
As you walk or drive from Zorinsk to Yelenovka (very many turns, but a relatively good road by our standards), you will see a lot of turned stones on both sides of the road after you leave Road Street - the last street in Zorinsk - and turn left. It's not an archaeological site.This is the stubborn work of local businessmen from the so-called...more
There are several neglected old houses in Yelenovka.Their owners have died and their relatives living elsewhere could not sell those houses. Thus they are in decay now and most of them are beyong repair.I explored one neglected household without entering the house itself. My aim was not to have the roof fall over my head. My local friend Nick...more
There are a lot of unpaved and unlit roads in and around the village.Be careful when you decide to arrive to Yelenovka by car. Better take a 4x4 and drive via Zorinsk that is located about two miles away from the village. Take the first turning to the right after Zorinsk bus stop and then turn left when the road bumps into a coalmine's slug heap....more
Yelenovka Tourist Traps
Buses to Perevalsk
There are three buses to the county center - the town of Perevalsk: at about 7 a.m., at noon and at 3.30 p.m.
If you stay in the village till the last bus leaves and decide to take that bus, keep in mind that the district center is about 25 km away from Yelenovka. The bus makes a lot of stops on the way.
Unique Suggestions: meet the locals and have a good time!
Fun Alternatives: If you have to stay till lunchtime, it's better to walk two miles to the motorway than to wait for the last bus to the county center at Bayrachki bus stop.
It will shorten your way to the nearest big city.
You can catch a transit bus to Perevalsk or to Luhansk at Bayrachki bus stop.Related to:
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- Historical Travel
Yelenovka What to Pack
Luggage and bags: a rucksack that would leave your hands free
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: the area is very windy (about 290 meters above sea level). Think about a good jacket and good walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: as usual
Photo Equipment: take your usual camera and a film camera, if any, with spare films
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: no swimming here, all ponds are private (fish farming)
Miscellaneous: A flashlight would be a good idea, if you are thinking of staying overnight (even if you don't, you might have to).
Take a couple of bottles of good Ukrainian vodka from where you are staying in Ukraine.
You see, once you are invited to dinner, the locals only offer you moonshine (120-140 proof) of 70 degrees alcohol. I believe it's a suicide to drink that horrible stuff, so I tend to bring vodka.
I know the locals would hate me for treating them to our "nasty city stuff" - vodka. They believe it's as good as lemonade.
As for me, I never mix my vodka with any wine (like some locals choose to do to achieve "the effect" sooner)...Related to:
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Yelenovka Off The Beaten Path
Visit several old village wells located on the northeastern outskirts of the village.
There are more than ten meters deep, but are shallow now for there is less and less water.
It is connected with a lot of surface coalmining going on around the village.
By surface coalmining I mean quickly formed "coalmines" aimed at extracting coal from the surface layers. They dig into the soil and make mole tunnels where they get coal. It’s a very dangerous and not technologically protected work. After a tunnel is exhausted, they fill it with rocks and soil and proceed further.
Now there are a lot of debates as to the necessity of such "black coalmining".Related to:
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- Arts and Culture
Yelenovka Sports & Outdoors
The Village Park
There are very good hiking opportunities in the village park called konka by locals.
It is the only even road that is more than one kilometer long running through a nice oak grove.
It would also be good for running. Bring along your stopwatch!
Equipment: a one-kilometer-long trackRelated to:
- Skiing and Boarding
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Slav Serbia (1753-1764) is the period of time where the village history dates back to.The Serb Hussars were invited to Russia to fight against the Turks in the Russian-Turkish war. They received the lands in this area in the middle of the 18th century for their merits. They founded the village in 1753, but did not stay there till the end of the...more
taking a stroll in the village park called Konka and visiting the old well in the forest park. Archangel St.Michael’s Cathedral was refurbished in 2007-2008 and got a new dome.The Most Reverend Joannicky, Metropolitan of Luhansk and Alchevsk, visited Yelenovka in July 2007 and promised to come back after the cathedral is refurbished in November...more
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