"RIVNE is the heart of Photographic life of Ukraine" Rivne by trinidat

Rivne Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 53 photos


Rivne, Rovno is a historic city in western Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Rivne Oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Rivnensky Raion (district) within the oblast. The city itself is also designated as its own separate raion within the oblast.

Rivne is an important transportation hub, with the international Rivne Airport, and rail links to Zdolbuniv, Sarny and Kovel, as well as highways linking it with Brest, Kiev and Lviv.

The current estimated population is around 250 000


Rivne was first mentioned in 1283 as one of the inhabited places of Halych-Volhynia. From the second half of the 14th century it was under the Great Duchy of Lithuania and from 1569 in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1492 the city was granted Magdeburg rights. Following the partition of Poland, in 1793 Rivne became a part of Russian Empire, and in 1797 it was declared as a regional town of the Volyn Guberniya.

During World War I and the period of chaos shortly after, it was briefly under German, Ukrainian, Bolshevik, and Polish forces. In April-May of 1919 Rivne served as the temporary capital of Ukrainian People's Republic. At the conclusion of the conflict, in accordance with the Riga Peace Treaty of 1921 it became a part of Poland for the period between the two World Wars.

In 1939, as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the partition of Poland, the Western Ukraine was annexed by the Soviet Union and reunited with the Ukrainian SSR, and from December of the same year Rivne became the centre of the newly established Rivne Oblast. On June 28, 1941 Rivne was captured by the Nazi German invaders, who later established the city as the administrative centre of Reichskommissariat Ukraine. At the time, roughly a half of Rivne's inhabitants were Jewish; of these, about 23000 were taken to a pine grove in Sosenki and killed between the 6th and the 8th of November. A ghetto was established for the remaining 5,000 Jews. In July 1942, its population was sent some 70 kilometres north to Kostopol where they were killed; the ghetto was subsequently liquidated.

Following the invasion, partisan resistance immediately began, and a whole division under the command of D.N.Medvedev and espionage agent N.I.Kuznetsov participated in raids on the Nazi occupiers. Also in the city itself there were underground patriotic organisations under command of T.F.Novak, P.M.Miryushchenko, and N.M.Ostafova, and in the Rivno Oblast an underground oblast-committee was active under the first secretary V.A. Begma. The city was finally liberated by the Red Army on February 2, 1944.
In 1958 a TV tower began broadcasting in the city; in 1969 the first trolley ran through the city; in 1969 Rivne airport was opened. In 1983 the city celebrated its 700th anniversary.


Being an important cultural centre, Rivne hosts a pedagogical, and a hydro-engineering institutes, as well as a faculty of the Kiev State Institute of Culture, and Medical and musical as well as Automobile construction, Soviet trade, textile, agricultural and cooperative polytechnic colleges. The city has a Historical museum and a museum dedicated to the Hero of the Soviet Union N.I.Kuznetsov.

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  • Last visit to Rivne: Jan 2008
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  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Nicely done. Happy Birthday!

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Looks like a nice place. I hope they were able to preserve some of the historic buildings when they built the new downtown area.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Nice tips Alla.

  • AKHTARSAYYAD's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Woww ,what a splendid page it is...! I liked all photos ..! good cheers. -akhtar

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2009 at 2:46 AM

    Fabulous tips and introduction. Thank you for the historical tour and present day achievements.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Excellent page with lovely tips ;-)

  • Pod's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:28 AM

    looks a well smart place. great home page. cheers.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    Lovely well written page - great pictures. and tips Well done.Ukraine looks really interesting

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    The photo biennale certainly sounds interesting! Had to look at my Ukraine map in order to see where exactly your hometown is located.

  • Tourtech's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Thanks for the great tips on Rivne. Safe travels from traveling Canadians!

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