"Friendly, forgotten Melitopol" Melitopol' by Marywhotravels

Melitopol' Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 30 photos

Very few people have heard of the city of Melitopol, and there are even many Ukrainians who aren't sure where it is. Ah, poor Melitopol. It isn't an old city. Settled a couple hundred years ago by German missionaries and poor Russian and Ukrainian farmers, the city has survived collectivization, famine, massive destruction in WWII, and now severe post-Soviet economic decline. Many of the large Soviet factories have been closed, and every year the city's population gets a little smaller. But there is still an endearing, if a little sad, charm to Melitopol. People are friendly and helpful and eager to share their lives with visitors. There are some great restaurants, a wonderful park where it seems the whole town congregates on weekends, and even the archaeological treasure "Kamena Mohyla." So if you *really* want to get off the beaten path (honestly, I've never met or heard of a single tourist coming here ever), come stop by!

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  • Oct 13, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    I love rabbits. I volunteer at a rabbit shelter every Saturday. My grandfather was from Melitopol. He left in the 1920's. My mom was born in Israel and then came with her family to South Africa, where I was born.

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    Jan 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Great page! So what brought you to live here?

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    Apr 29, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    that looks really interesting. i would love to visit some of those unknown places in the ukraine. i have a plan to cycle down there from denmark before too long.

  • Apr 3, 2007 at 5:03 AM

    why don't you help them with English translations?

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    Nov 2, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    Drove through Melitopol' once on my way to Crimea. Heared the town is famous for its mellons.

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    Oct 5, 2006 at 8:55 AM

    Nice page. Good info and photographs are very beautiful.

  • Sep 8, 2006 at 7:27 AM

    Mary, I looked through the photos you've done,the closest for me was one of the poor rabbit from the zoo corner.Can't look without tears.Forlorn animals. :-(((

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