Donetsk. Ukraine. June 2013

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Donetsk is one of the biggest Ukrainian city placed at the Eastern part of the country. Population of Donetsk is almost 1mln. It was founded in 1869 by welsh man John James Hughes when John started first foundry here. Donetsk changed name few times. At the beginning it was named after John Hughes (Yuzovka), then after Stalin (Stalino) and then Donetsk. Today it is a capital of Ukrainian mining industry. I could say here focused the majority of Ukraine industry. There are a lot of mines, foundries and chemical plants here.

Let’s have a look at the city of Donetsk.

It is regional court. Typical stalin empire style.

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Honestly I didn’t find too much old buildings here. The most part is stalin empire style.

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Interesting bas-relief.

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I was impressed by lawns. In Russia not so many beautiful lawns like here. There are dozens of it in Donetsk downtown.

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Tsar-cannon. It is one-to-one replica of cannon placed in the Kremlin. It was presented to Donetsk by Moscow government in 2001. 

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 New building like everywhere. Concrete and glass. Nothing special.

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 Donetsk state technical university.

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St. Andrew church close to university. 

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 Apartment building with funny tiles.

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Cathedral of Transfiguration. Was build at the end of 20th century as replica of Cathedral destroyed at 1931. 

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New buildings in Donetsk have interesting feature. The most of them have cupola. I believe in future it will make Donetsk a little special in comparison with other cities. 

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City library. 

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Civil building. 

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Opera theatre. 

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Famous hotel Donbass palace. This hotel has no.1 in the Ukranian hotels raiting. Also it is the most expensive hotel in Ukraine.

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 Nice stalin architecture.

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Nice new construction. 

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 Design institute comes from 1970th.

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 I was surprised by toilet in the one of Donetsk restaurant. There are a few TVs placed at urinal units. Normally it show football (soccer) games. So you can pee on famous persons or sportsmen you don’t like J))))))

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In despite of almost complete absence of old style buildings Donetsk is a comfortable and nice city with good infrastructure. City looks very clean and well repaired after football European championship. I didn’t place photos of Donbass arena football stadium and airport because you can easily find it in internet. Believe me they are really great.

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