"Alexandertown in Luhansk Region" Aleksandrovsk by hunterV

Aleksandrovsk Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 108 photos

Northwest of Luhansk

The name of the town would sound like "Alexandertown" in English.
This is the picture of the war memorial located in Red Square - the town’s central square.
The buses from Luhansk arrive to this square.
The memorial is dedicated to the fallen heroes of the Second World War.
It represents soldiers giving the last salute to their fallen comrades-in-arms.
The inscription in golden letters at the foot of the monument reads,

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
Eternal glory to those
who perished in the battles
for the freedom of their Motherland!
/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

Alexandrovsk is a satellite town of Luhansk. It is subordinated to Artiom District Council, but has its own mayor.
The town has held municipal rights since 1963. Before that it was called the village of Alexandrivka.
The town itself is located about 25 km/15.5 miles to the northwest of Luhansk.
Several villages and settlements adjoining the border of Luhansk belong to the town council:
- Teplichnoye ("Greenhouse Village"),
- Topoliny ("Poplar Settlement"),
- Dzerzhinsky (after the name of the well-known Soviet leader, the first chief of the security service, Felix Dzerzhinsky, 1877-1926)
- Katerinovka ("Catherine's Village").

Ascension Cathedral

The town is located on the River Luhanka that flows further across the Old Town in Luhansk into the Seversky Donets.
The residents of Alexandrovsk use the railway station of Milova located 3 km from the town.
The history of the town dates back to the second half of the 18th century when eighteen families exiled from Central Russia settled here.
Then, in 1770, Captain Alexander Yuzbash received that land as his estate for his merits. He built his estate and since then the village was called after him - Alexandrovka. His estate is preserved till now, but in a poor state. Although the estate belongs to the architectural monuments of the republican value, it was used as a tuberculosis dispensary for a long time. Town residents looked forward to the times they got rid of it.
Those times came.
The TB hospital was transferred to the woods area to the territory of the former army unit.
Hopefully the old estate will undergo thorough repairs and will be turned into a local lore museum and a conference center.
Live and see.
The towns boasts of its old Holy Ascension Cathedral dedicated in 1772.

A Satellite Town

The town can be reached from downtown Luhansk in about fifty minutes by bus 215, bus 231 or still faster - by cab ($20).
The town consists mainly of old private houses and several apartment houses, among them two nine-storey apartment houses.
The main attraction of that town is its Holy Ascension Cathedral that has recently been refurbished.
The official website

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Visiting Ascension Cathedral, the old count's park.
  • Cons:poor quality of roads and sidewalks
  • In a nutshell:A satellite town of Luhansk, Place of Pilgrimage of the Orthodox Christians
  • Last visit to Aleksandrovsk: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated Aug 4, 2013
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    nice page Victor! I am surprised by how many major communists still have streets and monuments named after them. Felix Dherzhinsky,wow.
    The Ascension cathedral looks lovely!
    do you come here often?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    The momunments are special as well as the cathedrals! We need to be reminded of Chernobyl and the monument is elegant. Nice page!

  • zadunajska8's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Victor, your country has so many lovely old churchs and buildings! The old Count's estate and the cathedral here are just a few examples. It can't be long before Western European tourists start to arrive en masse!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    The former Count's Estate looks like a good building to house a museum, so hopefully it will be restored.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    The memorials here are wonderful. I am glad they put up a Chernobyl Memorial to remind us all! Nice page Vicotr!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Interesting page. It is sad that there are several buildings in dangerous conditions. I hope the stray dogs remain quiet !

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Very informative page on Aleksandrovsk! I saw in Vilnius the other day that they now also have a Shevshenko monument, but I didn't take a photo as I was too busy dragging the luggage across town.

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    ceiling and the roof can fall down on their heads?! wow! it must be really risky there! thanks for sharing Victor!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    Interesting page Victor. Really nice Travelogues too.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Lovely cathedral! And the count's estate has a certain atmosphere in that derelict state, though it's a good idea to restore it as a museum. I would enjoying having a beer and playing table tennis at Ostrovok on such a cold day!

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