Cherkasy is a city in central Ukraine. It is the capital of the Cherkasy Oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Cherkasky Raion (district) within the oblast. The city itself is also designated as its own separate raion within the oblast. The city is located on the bank of Dnieper River (specifically at the Kremenchuk Reservoir), about 200km south of the nation's capital, Kiev. The current estimated population is 280,700.
School class of 2008.
Citizens of Cherkassy are proud of the city’s cultural past connected with famous Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko, prominent painter, Ukrainian actress Maria Zankovetskaya, writers Ivan Karpenko-Kariy, Pavlo Tychyna, Lesj Homin, Vasil Symonenko, K.Paustovskiy and others.
Cherkassy has three state universities and several privately owned ones. There is Shevchenko Drama Theatre, the Cherkassy Philharmonic, Shevchenko Museum, Museum of Arts and also there is a Super League Basketball Club “Cherkassy’s Monkeys”.
Cherkassy is 169 kilometers away from Kiev. It takes 2,5 hours by car. Or you can take a marshrutka (small yellow bus) from metro station Kharkovskaya or Vokzalna. The fare is 50 Hryvnas. Where to stay:
Hotel Dnepr - Frunze 13, phone (0472) 54 03 04
Hotel Ukraine - Lesnaya 1, phone (0472) 32 10 51 Where to eat:
Adriatika - Pasterovskaya 11, phone (0472) 35 15 23
Stary Gorod - Khreschatik 200, phone (0472) 54 05 15
Everybody visiting Cherkassy can’t miss a visit of the Glory Hill with a an impressive Motherland monument The monument honours the men and women who lost their lives defending the city from the Nazi invasion. Their names are inscribed on a wall below the hill. The sight from the hill includes a majestic view of the river and the lovely Valley of Roses along the river.
Not far is the Church of the Holy Trinity. There is also a Roman-Catholic chapel. On August13, 2002, the biggest in Ukraine Orthodox St. Archangel Michael’s Cathedral that can house 12,000 people was unveiled. Not numerous but strong Jewish community is very active in the cultural life of the city.