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"A Huge Industrial City" Alchevs'k by hunterV

Alchevs'k Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 67 photos

To the West of Luhansk

Alchevsk with its population of more than 100,000 inhabitants is one of the biggest Ukrainian cities. It is located 45 km/28 miles to the west of Luhansk, the regional center. The city is about an hour's drive from Luhansk.
Alchevsk has always been famous as the nation's huge industrial center. About one-fourth of the entire industrial output of Luhansk region belongs to this city. The metallurgical works and the coking chemical factory are the city's leading enterprises.
Here's a web site about Alchevsk in Russian.

Alexey Alchevsky

The city was founded in 1895.
The railway station of Yuryevka, the village of Vassilyevka and the farmstead of Dolzhik made the foundation for the factory settlement in this area.
Alexey Alchevsky, a famous Russian entrepreneur, founded a metallurgical company here. The metallurgical company was called Donetsk-Yurivsk and its abbreviation was DUMO.
On July 19, 1895 the company cast the first iron and began its regular operation. Alexey Alchevsky became the first owner of the promising company.
Due to the economic crisis of 1901 the company went bankrupt. Alexey Alchevsky went to the capital to ask for funds and support. Upon finding none Alchevsky was in despair and committed a suicide when he fell under a train at a railway station in St.Peterburg.
In 1995 when the city observed the centenary of its foundation the monument to Alexey Alchevsky was dedicated in Central Square next to the City Council building. The inscription on the pedestal reads,

To Alexey Alchevsky from thankful descendants


City Name

The history of the city name is also interesting.
Until 1931 it was called Alchevsk, from 1931 till 1961 it was called Voroshilovsk after Clement Voroshilov, Soviet Defense Minister and then President.
Clement Voroshilov, Joseph Stalin's close associate, who was called "the first Soviet officer", a five-star general, used to go to school in this city.
In 1961, when Stalin's personality cult was denounced, his former associates fell into (temporary) disgrace (as far as the Communist regime allowed) and Voroshilov's name disappeared from the map of Luhansk region. The local ardent Communist leaders renamed the city into Communarsk after the Commune of Paris of 1871. The Communars were the active members of the workers' uprusing in Paris then.
In December 1991 in commemoration of the heroic activities of the local entrepreneur Alchevsky and after the city referendum Communarsk was renamed into Alchevsk.
By the way, the old Soviet name of the city has remained in the name of the city railway station - Communarsk.
This is how we can represent numerous changes of the city name:

1895 DUMO settlement;
until 1931 - Alchevsk;
1931-1961 - Voroshilovsk;
1961-1991 - Communarsk;
since December 1991- Alchevsk.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of stores, cafes and restaurants
  • Cons:air and land pollution, quality of roads and sidewalks leaved much to be desired...
  • In a nutshell:A friendly manufacturing city
  • Last visit to Alchevs'k: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Reviews (8)

Comments (14)

  • Jun 1, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Even though it's industrial, there still are some interesting sights like St. Georges Cathedral, to me that is really beautiful!

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      Jun 2, 2015 at 6:15 AM

      I agree with you, Dee! I am sorry I cannot revisit it now due to the situation....

  • Jan 11, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Lovely little page here. I especially like the name of the local football team.

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      Jan 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      Yes, Holger, the name is good, but the team's performance has not been very famous....

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    Jul 20, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    an interesting page about a place I have never heared of !

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    The first I thought when I saw the name of your page - "Shame on me! I've never heard about this city". But now I know that it is former Kommunarsk (and Voroshilovsk). Such names aren't new for me, haha!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    An interesting destination to visit and explore especially its city monuments. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    nicely organised tour of the city, especially with your student! I especially liked the pictures of the churches you put in City Views,,,not exactly what one might expect of an industrial city.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Alcehevs'k is a lovely city. Enjoyed the tour and thanks for sharing your wonderful adventures.

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Looking soccer, than a bus city tour, going to restaurant and finish the evening in party zone: Very nice program !

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 7:46 AM

    well-organized review of this industrial city...and a charming nice story from your Student Angela...Ciao, Norman :)

  • catnl's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    ah beertents on city day, we have beertents on special occasions, great tips here as usual:-) greets carin

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