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The Khmelnitskiy region is situated in the western part of Ukraine. It is bordered to the Rivne, Zhitomir, Vinnitsa, Chernivtsi and Ternopil regions. The Khmelnitskiy region has an area of over 20.6 thousand square kilometers. About 1.4 million people live here. Khmelnitskiy is the biggest city in the Khmelnitskiy region. In 1431 the city was founded as Ploskyriv, and later was called Proskuriv, but it was renamed in Khmelnytskyiy in 1954 on the 300th anniversary of a treaty, negotiated by Bohdan Khmelnytskiy.

Due to its geographical location and natural resources Khmelnitskiy has always attracted foreigners, including Turks, Germans, Hungarians, Poles, Lithuanians, Austrians, Swedes and Russians.The city has a favorable geographical position. The distance from Khmelnitskiy to Kiev is 366 km by the railway, it is 384 km by the highway. The highways Kiev-Lvov, Odessа-Lvov and Chernovtsy-Kiev pass through the city. The city has an airport with a 2,200 m concrete runway; and there is a check point for crossing the state border of Ukraine at the airport.

The city has convenient transport connections with Moscow, Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Budapest, Belgrade and all major Ukrainian cities. The city is crossed by one of the longest rivers of Ukraine – the Southern Bug.

The climate of the city is moderate-continental. The average temperature of the air in the warmest month (July) is 20 to 22 °C (68 to 72 °F), and in the coldest month (January) is -5 to -6 °C (23 to 21 °F). The maximum temperature in summer reaches 36 to 38 °C (97 to 100 °F), the minimum temperature in winter is -24 to -30 °C (-11 to -22 °F). The average annual temperature is 7 to 8 °C (45 to 46 °F). The average annual amount of precipitation is from 510 to 580 mm. The most widespread ground making layers are the following overburden: loess and loess-type rocks.

The ground-climatic conditions of the city are favorable for cultivation of winter wheat and rye, sugar beet, potato and other crops, and for the development of gardening and vegetable growing.

There are many rock products, particularly building materials in the region and in the city: limestone, plaster, chalk, tripoli powder, crystal layers (granites, gneisses), sand and sandstones, and also graphite, saponite, kaolin, phosphorite, lithographic stone and roofing slate. There are also deposits of peat, bitumen, shale and oil.


Today Khmelnitskiy is not only a modern business center. Thanks to its long and interesting history Khmelnitskiy is a historical and cultural center, where people from all over the world come to. Excellent natural and climatic conditions make a rest in Khmelnitskiy pleasant and healthy, and leisure & entertainment industry makes it incredibly enjoyable and interesting. A lot of health resorts and recreation centers are located on the outskirts of the city in a beautiful forest area. There is a wide variety of hotels in Khmelnitskiy, from low-cost economy class up to the most prestigious hotels, located in the heart of the Khmelnitskiy city, close to attractions, historic monuments and museums.

The architecture of the city is various. The Soviet period of its development is presented more often. During that time there were the grandeur constructions of the Regional Administration, Philharmonic Society and many others built. There also new architecture constructions appeared during the time of the Ukrainian independence. Many new monuments were set in the city: Monument to Taras Shevchenko, the only horse monument in Ukraine, devoted to Baron Munchausen, monument to international soldiers and monument to victims of repressions.

Only few buildings of 19-20th century in style of baroque, eclecticism and modern belong to the architectural monuments. The most noticeable are the oldest stone structure of the city, such as the Church of the Birth of Mother of God, the building of the former Realschule, the building of the current Museum of Art, and the municipal house of culture. There are also the beautiful organ hall, music-dramatic theatre etc. in the city.

There is also the monument to the famous Baron Munchausen among the sights of the city, which is the only one in Ukraine. The image of the other literary character – Don Kihot – was also immortalized in Khmelnitskiy. There are also extraordinary monuments in the form of metal creatures throughout the city. There are robots, non-existent animals, specific trees and even a spaceship.
The biggest number of them is situated on the Square of Heroes of Stalingrad and in the park of the 500’s anniversary of Khmelnitskiy. But it is not all Khmelnitskiy can offer. Another extremely interesting attraction is situated on the crossroads of Vladimir Pilipchuk Streetand and Ivan Franko Street. It is the monument to the rocket, made of the remains of the strategic intercontinental rocket SS-19, which was targeted to the territory of the USA. The emblem of sister cities stands on the top of the rocket. The crossroads of the Independent Street and Proskurova Street is adorned with the beautiful monument to “Guardian Angel”.

There is the kind of a mini reserve in the city – the municipal arboretum. It was founded in the last century and nowadays it is the favorite place for strolls.

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