"In the Oasis of the Donets Basin" Varvarivka by hunterV

Varvarivka Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 146 photos

Named After Varvara

The village of Varvarivka, Kreminne County of Luhansk region, Ukraine, was named in honor of Varvara (Barbara), the daughter of the local landlord who had founded the village.
The village was founded in 1680.
St.Elijah's Cathedral built at the end of the 17th century is the only surviving witness of those times. Now there is a monastery there.
The monastery was created at the territory of the cathedral in 2005.
My brother?s father-in-law and I went there and met Father Joasaph and talked to him.
I spent a day in that village several times. We walked round its center and went to village stores.
It's always a pleasure to visit the monastery, the cathedral and to take a shower at the local Virgin Mary's Font located very close to where my brother's mother-in-law lives.


The village is located in Kreminne District of Luhansk region, about 130 km/80 miles to the northwest of Luhansk. The district itself is known as the Oasis of the Donets Basin and Our Lake District.
Rubizhne, the city I was born in, is the nearest big city to Varvarivka. The villagers use its railway station located about 10 km/6.2 miles away from the village.
Kreminne, the district center, is much farther away: 22 km/14 miles away. So the villagers prefer to travel to Rubizhne, the nearest city, for shopping and selling their agricultural products.
The village is located at Rubizhne ? Starobelsk motorway. This road crossing the village is good enough. All other streets are typical country roads, especially Eastern Street where my relatives live now. That street is simply an earth road.

Bolshevik Collective Farm

In Soviet times there was a huge collective farm at the village. It was called Bolshevik and was called a millionaire collective farm, that is, the one whose income exceeded a million roubles. It had about 6,000 hectares/23 square miles of land at its disposal and built the entire infrastructure in the village. It was famous for its high quality wheat, dairy products and eggs.
It?s a pity the canning factory built on the outskirts of the village by the collective farm stands still now. It was not even put into operation. Its huge premises as well as the basement of the swimming pool located next to the leisure center remind us of the gigantic plans of the big Soviet collective farm, the plans that were not destined to come true?
Also, see Map of Varvarivka

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful landscapes, lots of greenery, hospitable people
  • Cons:modest modern conveniences in private houses
  • In a nutshell:Big hospitable village in the Forest Oasis of the Donets Basin
  • Last visit to Varvarivka: May 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Victor, thanks for posting VT's first and only page on Varvarivka.
    I like the photos in your tips and travelogues.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Victor, great insight into local Ukrainian life here. I hope that this town is not affected by the war.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Great updating here since December of 2011! A Place of Pilgrimage looks very attractive for religious people...

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Oct 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      You are right, Sergey! We were privileged to be there on Feast Day!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Your pages are always so delightful! Thanks for sharing them.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Another great page!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Hello Victor, thanks for visiting my new Salamanca page. The cold and rainy weather over here made me look at some photos from Spain. I see you are the first here on Varvarivka!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Interesting to read about this village in a part of the world where I have never been!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    a lot of great updates again about this nice place, thanks for putting it on VT, Victor !

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2010 at 5:58 AM

    Enjoyed seeing new winter travelogue. Like the idea of visiting a school; I think you really get to know the community via the school [a bit biased aren't I?]

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    i shall probably give this town a skip in life - sorry

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