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Zaporozhye, former (until 1921) Aleksandrovsk, is the cradle of Zaporizhian Cossacks, whose glory is well-known outside Ukraine. The city of Zaporozhye is more than 200 years old and is situated about 600 km to the southeast of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital. The population is 815,000. The city is built on the wide plains along both banks of the mighty and ancient Dnieper River, which gives Zaporozhye a unique atmosphere.

The climatic conditions of Zaporozhye favour the development of vegetation, agriculture and tourism. The hot summer and mild winter seasons account for mixed weather conditions. However, the climate here is relatively dry.

The city has a proud history due to its association with an autonomous Cossack stronghold of the 16th to 18th centuries. Called the Zaporizhian Sich, it was an impregnable fortress on the nearby Khortitsa Island. The site of the former fortress can still be visited today as a proud reminder of Cossack society and the long Ukrainian struggle for self-determination and independence.

The present day city was founded as a Russian fortress in 1770. Originally known as Aleksandrovsk, the city saw rapid industrialization at the end of the 20th century and further growth with the construction of the hydroelectric station (1928-1932). Such growth has also facilitated Zaporozhye's development as a major educational center. The city is a home to the Zaporizhia State University plus numerous technical institutes, research facilities, and medical schools. Today it is said that one in every four residents is either a student or a scholar.


Public transportation
is provided by buses, minibuses, trams, river transport, and the railway. The city has two railway stations, Zaporizhia №1 and №2. Zaporizhia №1 is the central station, located in the southern part of the city. It is easily accessible by a taxi and minibuses. There is convenient ground transportation to the north and south of Zaporizhia, located along the Simferopol-Moscow transit route.
The city's only airport operates both domestic and international flights. The neighbouring city of Dnipropetrovsk also has an airport with more frequent international flights.

Things to See:

Diverse and multicultural, Zaporozhye provides cruise tourists a wide array of attractions to visit. Today Zaporozhyehas more than 1500 streets and avenues, parks and squares, new residential districts. Many streets and squares are associated with historic events. Among them are the streets named after Angolenko, Gryaznov, Drobyazko, and Ivanov.

has been considerably extended during the last 10 years. It grew to become one of the most beautiful and important cities of Ukraine. Its the site of impressive government buildings, magnificent monuments, important historical landmarks, fine museums, and broad tree-shaded avenues and malls.

The sight, which is worthy of note, is Festivalnaya Square. It is a huge traffic island; the statues and fountains have enlivened the space. When the square is not used for demonstrations it is full of visitors feeding the pigeons or watching the traffic.

A real architectural masterpiece is Drama Theatre. Its noted for its remarkable and unique style. It dates back to the middle of the 20th century. So it was built after 2nd World War, though it has been rebuilt recently.

Perhaps the most significant attraction that draws thousands of cruise tourists to the city is Khortytsia Island. The evolution of natural Ukraine is revealed here; the island is filled with flora and fauna that are very rare and unique.The island also played an important role to the Zaporozhian Cossacks who were fleeing the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth. The island has the Museum of History of Zaporozhye wherein several exhibits and displays of the Zaporozhian Cossacks. The island is a protected State Reserve of History and Culture.

A walk down Lenin Prospekt – Zaporozhia’s longest road – will take you down to the Dnieper River.
Preobrazhensky Bridge is the bridge over Dnieper River, joining the city of Zaporozhye with historic Khortytsia Island. The island was home to the Zaporozhian Sich, a 16th to 18th century fortified military camp belonging to the Zaporozhye Cossacks.

Dubovaya Rosha
is Zaporozhye's Central Park of Culture and Rest.

War Monument:
This Zaporozhye monument is dedicated to pilots of the Soviet Union's 17th Air Army (of the Soviet Air Force), that played an integral role in liberating the city from Fascist invaders during the Second World War.

Restaurants and Bars:

Restaurants in Zaporozhye are better than average comparing to other Ukrainian cities. There is O'Brians Irish Pub in Zaporozhye comparable to the O'Brians in Kiev in food and prices. Mustang is a restaurant that contains hundreds of pictures and memorabilia from the WWII, both Ukrainian and American. There are numerous restaurants that serve excellent Ukrainian food at reasonable prices. The most famous restaurant in Zaporozhye is called the Sich Restaurant. The Sich Restaurant is a traditional Ukrainian restaurant with all the staff dressed in traditional cloths, and the decoration is all traditionally Ukrainian. In summer you can sit outside and cook your own shashlik over a traditional Ukrainian wood stove. In addition to all these nice amenities the price comes.The Banzay Restaurant serves Japanese style dishes with local flavors in a setting that is comfortable and cozy. Open from 12 noon to 12 midnight, it is a good place to dine. A good place to taste some desserts aтв pie is the Coffee House Cafe, located in the Lenina Avenue, which serves delicacies of cakes and pastries; it is one of the most visited.

Places to Stay:
Hotels in Zaporozhye have much to be desired. There is the typical Soviet leftover Intourist, which is the most expensive, but there are also other hotels on the Lenina Prospect (the Dniper Hotel and the Zaporozhye Hotel) which are comparable in services.

Zaporozhye provides excellent shopping opportunities for cruise liners. A diverse economic standout in Ukraine, several shopping stores and shops sell various branded clothes, electrical wares and souvenir items. Souvenir items such as handmade bags, native jewellery and handicrafts may be found in the Festivalnaya Square. Here, visitors can find small stalls and shops where local artisans sell locally made goods. The Square itself is a tourist attraction; many tourists feed the pigeons and birds while enjoying the park.
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