"On the Bank of the Seversky Donets" Syeverodonets'k by hunterV

Syeverodonets'k Travel Guide: 144 reviews and 910 photos

A Large Center

During my school years I lived in Rubizhne - the neighboring city of Syeverodonetsk - and I used to visit it quite often to go shopping or to go the movie theater or to the concert hall. They also have a well-known "Ice Palace", a sports complex where different matches, competitions and concerts take place. When I lived in Luhansk, I used to pass this city on my way to my home town, Rubizhne that lies about 12 km/7.5 miles to the northwest of this city. Now my wife and I rent a two-room apartment in the 75th District here and stay in this city as refugees, or internally displaced persons. Also, we received an official refugee certificate in this city.
You can have a better idea of Syeverodonetsk, if you watch The City Tour by Car or Youtube slideshow. The city has a lot of sights of its own, among them a new fountain in Syeverodonetsk. Besides, the city has its own channel on Youtube: City Channel and its own Internet Picture Gallery.
Here is a nice slide show called Our Dear Syeverodonetsk showing a lot of city sights. Also, you can take a look at an aerial view of the city and another aerial view of Syeverodonetsk showing the main city sights:
City Leisure Center - Victory Square - Nativity of Christ Cathedral – Gogol Park - Erection of the Holy Cross Temple Complex - Nativity of Christ Cathedral - Erection of the Holy Cross Temple Complex – Victory Squaree – City roadside marker - Nativity of Christ Cathedral – The Collegium – Famine Memorial at Erection of the Holy Cross Temple Complex – Xanadu Nightclub – Ice Palace - Erection of the Holy Cross Temple Complex – Gogol monument - City roadside marker – Victory Square – Ice Palace - Erection of the Holy Cross Temple Complex – Victory Square – Soviet Avenue – Victory Square..

The Pearl of the Donets Basin

This city is a recognized cultural center of Luhansk region. Its population is now about 125 thousand inhabitants (plus thousands of refugees from all over the southern part of Luhansk region that is at present out of control of the Ukrainian authorities).
Syeverodonetsk is located to the north of the Seversky Donets that divides our region into two parts. So this city, during all the after-war years, was the main city of the northern part of Luhansk region.
What's more, it became the capital of Luhansk region in the fall of 2014 after the tragic events of that year.
The city has its own airport, trolleybuses, a huge leisure center, its own theater, several markets, twenty secondary schools, and several research institutes of chemical industry.
There are several squares in Syeverodonetsk, a park, two man-made lakes, located within the city, that became the city residents’ favorite vacation place. Also, there are many natural lakes around the city.
In its economic and social development Syeverodonetsk today is one of the most industrialized cities not only in Luhansk region, but also in the entire country. The City Council and dozens of NGOs work a lot to maintain the high potential of the city, focusing on the development of culture, sports and business.
Surrounded by pine forests and lakes with a unique landscape of the forest-steppe zone, Syeverodonetsk provides excellent and inexpensive vacation.
Syevyerodonetsk is often called The Pearl of the Donets Basin. It is a compact city located on the left bank of the Seversky Donets. The residents of Syevyerodonetsk regard their city as a very special one: sunny, cozy, comfortable for living. In summer it is full of greenery and flowers. Seeing them, you would hardly believe that eighty years ago there was nothing but sand and weeds here, on the left bank of the Seversky Donets, where there is a modern developing city that is approaching European standards now.
The monument to Clement Voroshilov (1881-1969), the Soviet President under Nikita Khrushchev (1956-1960), that stands opposite the bus terminal, is very rare for it depicts the Soviet President in plain clothes as a President and not as a five-star general. It is not known whether Clement Voroshilov has ever visited this place, but, according to the legend, he was born in the nearby village of Borovskoye, that is now subjected to the City Council...
Are you interested? So, why not take a look at the city web page in English: The City of Syeverodonetsk or watch some other videos, time permitting: Knowledge Day Flashmob and 2012 Flashmob, as well as Winter Trolleybus Ride, and, of course, a short videoclip Dedicated to the 80th jubilee of Syeverodonetsk and another celebration video: Syeverodonetsk Is 80 Years Old!, as well as A Winter Slideshow of Syeverodonetsk. You can also watch another slideshow and listen to The Song of Syeverodonetsk and take a Youtube walk about the city or drive around the city.
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Green and Young

Syeverodonetsk was founded in the thirties of the last century due to the construction of a nitrogen fertilizer plant (now Nitrogen Corporation) on the sandy territory that stretched on the left bank of the Seversky Donets.
The government adopted a resolution on building the country’s largest nitrogen fertilizer plant in September 1933.
A lot of enthusiastic specialists, among them dozens of young college graduates and young workers from all over the Soviet Union, arrived to the construction site.
A new settlement was built. It was called Leskhimstroy ("Forest Chemical Construction"). Originally the workers’ settlement consisted of only two barracks, and in 1938 there were about thirty two-storey houses.
The workers’ settlement was named Syeverodonetsk on January 27, 1950 by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. They chose that name out of the four variants proposed by the residents:
- Svetlograd ("City of Light");
- Syeverodonetsk ("Northern Donets City");
- Komsomolsk-on-Donets ("Young Communist League City on the Donets");
- Mendeleyevsk ("Mendeleyev City", after the great Russian chemist).
So the Communist authorities named it Syeverodonetsk, although the first variant - City of Light - had been widely used during the after-war years by local residents, who had invented that name as the name of the future town that would replace the settlement of Leskhimstroy. What's more, the council of the settlement had adopted a resolution on renaming Leskhimstroy into Svetlograd. One week the settlement was called Svetlograd, but the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic, dated January 27, 1950, did away with all the workers' dreams without considering their decision. Of course, there was neither a referendum nor a poll on that issue in Stalin times. I agree that name - Svetlograd - the City of Light - would have been more compact, unique and meaningful...
On March 27, 1958 Syeverodonetsk was granted a city status. At that time its population was thirty-three thousand residents.
The city was called after the river Seversky Donets on whose left bank it stands. And the river itself is called Donets ("Little Don") for it is the left tributary of the Don, a big Russian river flowing into the Sea of Azov.
The name "Seversky" implies our ancient history, when nomadic tribes of the Severtsy used to inhabit the banks of the river. The last mention of those tribes was made in the chronicle of 1024.
So the city's name is closely connected with the river, on which it stands, and the river's name itself is connected with the ancient Slavonic tribe of the Severtsy ("inhabitants of the northern territories"). Such is the history...
Now the Russian word Syever ("the North"), a part of the city name, is used by lots of people who speak about Syeverodonetsk. So, you would hear,"I am from the North", which does not necessarily mean you are from the Polar Circle Area...
You can have a majestic view of the city from the hills of the neighboring city of Lissichansk located the high right bank of the Seversky Donets.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A great number of cafes, modern stores, big markets, two leisure centers and the Ice Palace, pine forests on the city ourskirts, convenient public transportation and lots of intercity bus routes, the city has its own airport, a man-made lake,churches
  • Cons:Lots of chemical industry, poor quality of roads and sidewalks, high prices at hotels and restaurants, strong steppe winds
  • In a nutshell:The New Capital of the Ukrainian Luhansk Region
  • Last visit to Syeverodonets'k: May 2015
  • Intro Updated May 10, 2015
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    F A N T A S I C page, pictures and links; created with great passion, thanks for sharing. I like especially off the beaten path the Dragon of Syeverodonetsk, Lenin Fell ,Etnography Museum and Gorky Cult or What tips. I'd also like to visit Artichoke: Patriotic Coffehouse, see Nativity of Christ Cathedra + Camelot Mansion District (if possible :-) and celebrate The Modern History Libertion Day on July 22 and The Heavenly Hundred Memorial Day on February 20. Very interesting Glory to Liberators tip,could I also sign petition to rename Lenin Square into Radievsky Square?

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      May 5, 2015 at 4:06 AM

      Thanks, Matt! I think it is quite possible, especially now, when we have a law to ban all Soviet things....Thanks for your comment! Welcome to our part of the world!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    It's so nice that the city keeps memory about the Grat Patriotic War! I'll be back to continue reading!

    • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
      Apr 23, 2015 at 1:06 PM

      I think the Internationalists memorial is unique not only in Ukraine but in Russia too.

    • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
      Apr 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Yes, I agree Severodonetsk is a beautiful city very similar to some cities in Russia which were constructed after the Great Patriotic War. Hope you will be happy there!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Thanks Victor for this very comprehensive page on your new hometown! All the best to you and your wife.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Fantastic travel page on Syeverodonets'k. The city indeed has lots of interesting tourist attractions. We especially love the lovely Arts Gallery, the amazing War Memorial and the beautiful Nativity of Christ Cathedral. These are really amazing attractions. The Childhood Museum certainly reminds us of the Childhood Museum we visited recently in Edinburgh last October. There are not many childhood museums in major cities in the world! Thanks for your virtual tour with truly stunning photographs. ~ho & pang

  • WanderingFinn's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    What a nice looking place! I liked espcially that big cathedral. You have done a huge effort with your pages always!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Victor I am enjoying a tour of Syeverodonetsk and its good to see where you are. Take care of yourself. I'll be back for another tour:)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 4:25 AM

    Congratulations for being the pioneer on your new home city! It sounds like there is plenty on offer here, so I hope you and your wife settle down and find happiness in your new home!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Interesting to see another part of your country on VT, that had no other pages and infos so far, Victor ! All the best for you and your family with your new hometome !

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Thanks for introducing us to your new home :-) I'll be back to read more!

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Mar 11, 2015 at 7:11 AM

      And I will keep you informed on this place...Thanks, Sarah!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Victor, very comprehensive page about your new hometown and the new capital of the Ukrainian Luhansk Region. Well done.

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Feb 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      Thanks, Holger.....I keep my finger crossed for this place....

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