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Our Stay in Syeverodonetsk

This city is a recognized cultural center of Luhansk region. Its population is now about 125 thousand inhabitants. Syeverodonetsk is located to the north of the Seversky Donets. This city is the main city of the northern part of Luhansk region and its capital now. We arrived here in late November 2014. Now my wife and I rent a two-room apartment here and stay in this city as refugees, or internally displaced persons. Also, we received an official IDP certificate in this city.

Updated October 5, 2017
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    Victory Square ("ploshchad Pabyedy" in Russian) is the main one in Syeverodonetsk. This is where Christmas Tree is installed every year. Different rallies and are held here too. There is a huge fifteen-meter-high marble column in the middle of the …
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    Guards Avenue is the longest thoroughfare of Syeverodonetsk. The avenue was called Lissichansk Street (after the neighboring city) before 1975. The avenue starts from the turning to Lyssychansk in the industrial area. Its residential area starts at…
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    The City Leisure Center is one of the largest cultural hubs in Syeverodonetsk. It is located at 28 Chemists Street. The leisure center was dedicated in 1963 and Construction Workers’ Leisure Center and it became the City Leisure Center in 1992. …
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    Gogol Park has become a new city park to substitute the old Gorky Park dedicated on June 5, 1937. The City Council tried to refurbish the old Gorky Park twenty years ago, but then gave it up. In the new century, more attention was given to Gogol Park…
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    Nativity of Christ Cathedral is the main church of Syeverodonetsk and Starobilsk Diocese. We attended a liturgy on Christmas and got blessing from Bishop Nicodim who heads the activities of the diocese. The cathedral was built on people’s donation…
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    The city has no state-funded history museum. The city history museum is run by Ostchem Corporation (formerly Azot Corporation). Although it is officially called People’s Museum of the Factory Labor Glory, it is, in fact, the City History Museum sin…
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    Peace Square (former Lenin Square) has been the central square for years, until a new square, Victory Square, was built in 1975. Lenin Square often hosted different rallies such Victory in Europe Day celebrations on May 9. You can see these four ap…
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    Chemical Workers' Leisure Center, located at 37 People's Friendship Boulevard (former Lenin Street) belongs to Ostchem Corporation. It offers a lot of amateur activities for the families of the employees of Ostchem, as well as for city residents. …
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    City Arts Gallery occupies several rooms on the first floor of a nine-storey apartment house in Kurchatov Street opposite Success Market. It was dedicated on November 4, 1995. There are three halls where the canvases and work of art are displayed.…
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    Jazz Moment Shopping Mall and Leisure Center has functioned in Syeverodonetsk since April 24, 2008. It is very popular with local residents who call it a European level shopping and entertainment center. The complex has all necessary shopping and…
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    Lake Chiste is an artificial lake, on the southeastern outskirts of Syeverodonetsk not far from Amstore Shopping Mall in the 78th District. The lake stretches from north-west to southeast, its wider part being in the southeast. The lake size is de…
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    The city is divided into 87 districts. All in all, the city has: - three squares: Soviet Square (renamed into Peace Square), Victory Square and Cathedral Square; - four avenues: Guards Avenue (the longest one), Chemical Workers Avenue, Cosmonauts A…
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    The Temple Complex located not far from Forest Datcha, near the village of Sirotino, on the southeastern outskirts of Syeverodonetsk, is a popular place in the city. The complex includes Exaltation of the Cross Cathedral, and what I call the Ortho…
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    Syeverodonetsk has Sergey Prokofyev Musical School. Its spacious hall is often used for concerts, recitals or theater performances. This is where you can also visit Sergey Prokofyev Museum. Sergey Prokofyev is a famous Russian composer. He was bor…
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    There is a song about Syeverodonetsk. I provided a link here and my English translation for you, fellow travelers, just in case. A Song About Syeverodonetsk : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh0hieaJ94k The song was composed and sung by Aleksey Z…
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    The Tank is a popular name of this war memorial dedicated on May 7, 1985. It is located in Glory Square at the intersection of Guards Avenue and Donetsk Street. It is a City Liberators Memorial, a meeting place of many people in Syeverodonetsk. Th…
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    The War Memorial at the Common Grave of the Soviet Soldiers and Officers was dedicated in 1975 at the crossing of Smetanin Street and October Street in the Old Town. All in all 185 soldiers and officers (among them seventy unknown soldiers) were bur…
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    The City Center for Youth Education houses a really unique museum: Museum of Childhood. It was officially registered in 2007. The museum occupies three rooms on the second floor of the Education Center. It's the only Childhood Museum I have ever seen…
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    Syeverodonetsk City Theater has been the only professional city theater in Luhansk region. It was founded in 1993 as a Russian Drama Theater. The city theater occupies a Stalin area building that was built especially for the city leisure center in 19…
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    Valentin Pukhalsky (August 12, 1887- January 14, 1981) is a local sculptor who made a great contribution to adorning the city with his sculptures, moldings and ornaments. There is a book about Valentin Pukhalsky: He Adorned Syeverodonetsk: http://li…
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    There are several memorial plaques in this city. 1) Vladimir Panait (1926-2011) memorial plaque at 21 Soviet Avenue at the wall of his office building. Vladimir Panait was the Head of Luhansk Industrial Construction Company, an Honorary Citizen of S…
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    There is another memorial plaque in Mriya Condominium. This block is located where Lysychansk Street begins, opposite Mriya Hotel. The memorial plaque is attached to the wall of Mriya Construction Company (The Ukrainian word mriya means dream in En…
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    There are several memorial plaques at the entrance to the former Trade-Union Building of Azot Chemical Enterprise, where the enterprise history museum is located. You can see four plaque there. Here is their description/translation (from left to rig…
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    We, my colleagues and I, had a traditional corporate party dedicated to the end of the school year and to celebrating a jubilee of one of the colleagues at this tourist center, or hostel. The tourist center is called Ot zakata do rassveta in Russian…
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    This cozy cafe is located in Guards Avenue opposite Nashe Cafe and Foxtrott Shopping Mall. As Lena the manager explained to me, the staff is going to change the name of the café to Prestige and to dedicate it to the European cuisine and to the Frenc…
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    The locals call this establishment simply Salvador. This establishment was named after Salvador Dali by its owner, who graduated from an arts school as a professional artist. Also, the owner brought a lot of décor objects and used them in the interi…
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    Eden Restaurant is a high end place for a festive dinner. The restaurant has a big hall, a small banquet hall and a terrace where you can sit comfortably in summer and do people watching. As Dmitry the director told me the restaurant is a well-known …
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    This pub has an excellent atmosphere: two halls (a bigger one and the entrance hall) and a private hall upstairs. This is where local fans watch important matches of their favorite teams. The pub also offers karaoke/movie nights and live music in t…
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    This restaurant is located at the local brewery called Chalet. Its beer is well-known in different towns and cities of Ukraine. The brewery has its own restaurant and a nightclub called Chalet de Club +38 050 476 99 00. Although the owners of this …
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    We frequented this café for business lunch and chose some nice Turkish dishes , which was discovery for me, too: Turkish soup (mushrooms + cheese), Durum tavuk doner (with chicken filet), Tavuk graten (chicken filet + mushrooms with salad and onions…
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    Istabulitsa Lounge is a nice evening spot in the city. They offer dishes of Turkish cuisine. The restaurant name is a combination of two words: Isranbul and “Ulitsa” (Russian for "street*). At 7.30 p.m. the evening show with live music, dance or…
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    The only oriental bar of the city occupies the second floor of the bus terminal. When you face the entrance to the bus terminal, you will see the entrance to the bar in the right wing of the building. There is a square sign attached over the entrance…
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    Da Vinci Pizzeria is located not far from the Central Market. It has two halls whose décor is dedicated entirely to Venice. To show you those halls, I came to the pizzeria in the morning when there were no customers there since they would object to …
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    This restaurant is a very special place in Syeverodonetsk. It is owned by a businessman of Armenian origin and offers a lot of dishes of Armenian, Japanese, Ukrainian and European cuisine. Here is Golden Palace Dedication Video, June 20, 2010: https…
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    The city has its own airport (not functioning now), trolleybuses, two huge leisure centers, its own theater, and several markets. There are several squares in Syeverodonetsk, a park, two man-made lakes, located within the city, that became the city r…
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    We went to Sovremennik Movie Theater to see Exodus: Gods and Kings. Sovremennik (“The Contemporary”) Movie Theater is located downtown in Gagarin Street not far from Jazz Shopping Mall. It was dedicated in 1966 and refurbished in 2002. The cit…
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    This Exotic Fruits Farm is located five miles from the main square, in the village of Purdivka Novoaidar District. Lemon Banana Exotic Fruits Company grows seedlings of lemon, banana and other exotic plants for their further cultivation at home. Th…
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    This is a nice café located close to Soviet Square and the City Council building. It must be one of the few city cafes that has the name in Ukrainian - Stare Misto - "The Old Town". The café has a terrace with several tables, where you can have …
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    Chess Café (“Shahmatnoye” in Russian) must be one of the oldest cafes in this city. It is located in the Old Town, in the park behind City Council buildings. The café has a bar hall and two halls: one located to the left (the billiards hall) a…
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    This is a new restaurant that stands on the edge of the pine forest and was dedicated in 2015. It stands opposite the bus terminal and Parallel Tank Station. As the restaurant business card reads, "Test a real rest at the ForRest!" The restaurant …
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    Puzo Pub (“Belly Pub” in English) has two halls and a summer terrace. The second hall from the entrance is newly refurbished. I liked solid wooden chairs there. You can taste several local beer sorts, as well as Grimbergen Belgian beer (Double …
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    Zhyli Peeli is a popular dining place in the main street located near the City Leisure Center. Its name in Russian means literally They Lived and Drank . It’s the traditional beginning of many Russian fairy-tales. In English it sounds like “Once …
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