Kharkiv or Kharkov (Ukrainian: Харків, Russian: Харьков) is the second largest city in Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Kharkiv region, as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Kharkiv District within the region. The city is located in the northeast of the country.
Kharkiv's history started in the mid-17th century, when the Cossacks created the their settlements. Since then, the city has turned into one of the largest commercial and cultural centers of Ukraine with a population of over 1.7 million people. Kharkiv is located at the confluence of rivers the Kharkov, the Lopan and the Uda.
The present architectural pattern of Kharkiv has been developing for more than three centuries and has been influenced by various conditions of the life, habits and traditions of the Ukrainian people, as well as of neighboring nations. The city has its own charm: narrow streets with old buildings, comprised of different architectural styles and small yards. In the city's downtown area, there is a huge and impressive main square, majestic cathedrals and small churches, and the metro (subway), many stations of which are considered works of art.
Kharkiv has six outstanding professional theaters, a circus, several museums and many libraries. It is a very green city, with more than 100 parks within its limits.
Kharkiv has a lot of clubs, night clubs, disco-clubs, fast food restaurants, hotels, and supermarkets.