Novoderkul Travel Guide

  • Upon our arrival to Novoderkul
    Upon our arrival to Novoderkul
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  • Hiking in the fields
    Hiking in the fields
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  • For the first time at the River Derkul here
    For the first time at the River Derkul...
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Novoderkul Things to Do

  • Meeting the Museum Keeper

    We met Mr.Alexander Fiodorov at the entrance to the farm's office near the replica of the ancient nomadic sculpture. Alexander gave the original statue to Luhansk Nomadic Sculptures Park at Shevchenko University and commissioned a replica for the farm. The statue was found in the village area.We saw Semion Buddyonny's memorial plaque at the wall of...

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  • Live and Learn

    Alexander the museum keeper told us about Hammurabi, a famous horse from this farm that took part in London Derby of 1907.Papers Past about Hammurabi Old Newspaper about HammurabiThis is what The Evening Telegram wrote about Hammurabi on May 25, 1907,Tsar’s Horse Entered the Gold Cup“Entered for the Gold Cup under the nom de guerre “Mr.Derkul” is...

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  • Museum Exhibits

    The Horse Farm museum contains a lot of exhibits about the farm's thoroughbred horses and their achievements: diplomas, cups, medals and what not.The farm's horses have taken part in lots of international competitions and are well-known all over the world.Mr.Alexander Fiodorov wrote a book about the Horse Farm and presented one to us.He could talk...

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  • Viewing the Architectural Gems

    The present name of the horse farm is Novoderkul State Horse Farm.In Soviet times it was also called Horse Farm No.63.It was founded and known as Derkul State Horse Farm starting with 1767 when the first horses were brought there.The buildings of the new horse-breeding farm were built in the form of the name of Empress Catherine II. From above you...

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  • Visit the Horse Farm

    The farm is destination #1 here.This is what practically all the visitors see here.A visit to the farm may take you all the morning: the museum, the stables, riding a horse, etc.Before visiting this place I found out the museum keeper's mobile phone number and reserved an excursion about the farm.Alexander Fiodorov, the museum keeper, took us...

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  • Take a Walk in the Yard

    Since our time was out, Alexander told us to take a walk about the yard and to watch the broodmares, which we did with interest.The broodmares were very shy, but took our treat thankfully. I think I saw their eyes wink as a sign of thanks.:-)

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  • Feed and Pet the Horses

    Also, we had some time to approach the two horses that were walking inside the fenced area: one was the English thoroughbred and another one was Ukrainian thoroughbred.The Ukrainian breed was registered in 1991.The horses came up to us and we treated them to some dried crusts, although it was difficult for poor horses to eat since they were...

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  • Admiring the Japanese Manege

    After viewing the stables we were taken to the old horse riding house, a unique building called Japanese Manege here.It is called Japanese because its architecture reminds you that of Japanese houses.This building is an architectural masterpiece of Ukraine.It's a unique building in the entire country. Its roofs and walls rest on only one pillar in...

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  • Getter's Grave

    I have never seen a horse's grave.Before entering the stables we saw several horses' graves. They are to the left of the entrance. Two of these graves are unsigned and one in the middle, the most recent one, has a tombstone with inscriptions on it.The tombstone reads,~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The horse’s name was Architect....

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Novoderkul Restaurants

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    We were surprised to see this cozy bar located next door to the village store bearing the same name.
    The bar has several tables where you can eat your food and have your drinks that you can buy at the store.
    They can also make tea/coffee for you or prepare salads and snacks.
    We had some tea after our hike here.
    It was refreshing to sit in this bar and relax.

    At Mercury Bar in Novoderkul At Mercury Bar in Novoderkul At Mercury Bar in Novoderkul Open air grounds at Mercury Bar Relaxation at Mercury Bar in Novoderkul
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Novoderkul Transportation

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    by hunterV Updated May 11, 2013

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    It took us about two hours to get there by bus from Luhansk along T13 14 road.
    The distance is about sixty miles.
    We took a Luhansk-Markivka bus, but you can also take a bus to Milove or any bus passing Byelovodsk.
    The bus fare was 32 UAH.
    Thank Goodness we were lucky on our way back and hitch-hiked to Luhansk. An Audi stopped and took us to Luhansk for mere 10 UAH each.
    The problem is that Novoderkul is the first stop after Byelovodsk, the county center (about ten minutes' drive from Novoderkul), where lots of passengers get on the bus, so the bus arrived to Novoderkul crammed with people and we could not even enter the bus. We should have taken a Luhansk bus to Byelovodsk, which would enable us to take a direct bus back to Luhansk.

    Novoderkul bus stop to Luhansk Broodmares Walking in the fields The bridge across the Derkul The remains of the old fountain
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Novoderkul Shopping

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    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    We did some shopping here before going to the Horse Farm.
    They everything you might need here, just like at a small store in a city.
    We bought some sugar, dry ring-shaped rolls and dried crust to feed the horses.
    Alexander the museum keeper prompted us to do so. Otherwise I wouldn't have guessed.

    Mercury store is in the main street At Mercury store At Mercury store At Mercury store Mercury bar is next door to Mercury store
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Novoderkul Local Customs

  • Greeting the Locals

    Alexander advised us to take a look at the river.We wanted to see the village beach. We thought it was round the corner, but we were wrong. It turned out to be a good walk of half an hour one way.But we didn't mind.We could see how the locals live and what plots of land they have, what they grow there and where they relax. We saw that locals also...

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  • Memory of Andrey Pastukhov

    There is a unique monument in Novoderkul - the monument to Andrey Pastukhov (August 16, 1858 – September 23, 1899), the first Russian mountaineer.He was born in this village into the family of a simple groom. He was a Russian military topographer, a mountaineer, a biologist, a geodesist, an ethnographer, an explorer of the Caucasus.It was he who...

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  • Observe a Minute of Silence

    You can't fail to see the war memorial when you approach the village school in the main street.The memorial is located next to the village school. It is a fenced area with a red monument to the fallen soldiers and a big plaque with the names of the villagers who went to the front during the Second World war and never returned home.The inscription...

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Novoderkul Off The Beaten Path

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    Novoderkul lies on the left bank of the River Derkul. Canyon River - this is what the name of the River Derkul implies.
    The name belongs to the Turkic language and means “ravine/canyon river” or “narrow river”. This winding river is narrow indeed, but very deep at certain points. You never know. Its depth varies from one foot to twenty feet.
    This river is a fishing paradise. Fishermen say they always have good luck here and never come back home empty-handed. They catch perch, chub, vimba, pike, and catfish.
    There are a couple of places where locals bathe and have a picnic on the riverbank. We went to what they call central beach, although we had to walk about three miles to that place.
    The beach is a tiny part of the riverbank cleared from weeds and equipped with places for fire, a bench, a fishing board and a jumping board.
    The water is clear and you can see the bottom at the bank full of large water plants.
    You can also see yellow water lilies that are rare indeed and only grow in ecologically clean waters.

    At the River Derkul: @ the village beach At the River Derkul At the River Derkul At the River Derkul At the River Derkul
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Novoderkul Favorites

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    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Our tour of the Horse Farm was great!
    We were thankful to our guide - Mr.Alexander Fiodorov, the museum keeper, local lore writer, a member of the Ukrainian Writers' Union, the author of the book about Novoderkul Horse Farm.
    He remained our contact in the village.
    Mr.Alexander Fiodorov
    Novoderkul Horse State Farm
    The village of Novoderkul
    Belovodsk County
    Luhansk region
    92833
    Tel. (mobile) +38 096 610 72 70

    Fondest memory: feeding and petting the wonderful farm horses
    Alexander Fiodorov's book:
    Derkul State Horse Farm

    Mr.Alexander Fiodorov, the museum keeper Feeding the thoroughbred horses Natalie - the village haberdashery The agricultural machines Mr.Fiodorov
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