Cherkassy city is located in the Center of Ukraine in about 180 km from the capital of Ukraine. Cherkassy stands on the right bank of the river Dnipro which is here about 7,5km wide. Right and left bank are connected with 12km long combined rail and automotive dam with bridge.
Cherkassy was founded at the end of the 13th century as a defensive stronghold which soon became the cradle of the Ukrainian Cossack movement. Now these times are remembered by the bronze figure of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky on one of the main squares of the city named after him. Among the sightseeing of the city is also the unique exhibition of the Cherkassy regional museum of local art, history and lore is also dedicated to the heroic past of this Cossack land. In the centre of Cherkassy you will find Kobzar museum it is Ukraine's only museum dedicated to a single book: Kobzar by Taras Shevchenko. It is interesting to see the first Saint Petersburg (1840) edition of Kobzar and to learn that the book was translated into 140 languages all over the world!
Cherkasy had become the administrative centre of Cherkassy region only in 1954 when it was formed from parts of Kievskaya, Poltavskaya and Kirovogradskaya regions. Before the middle of 20th century it was a provincial town. In the second part of 20th century it began to grow that is why most buildings of Cherkassy are built in soviet style. But there are still a lot of sightseeing.
The largest Orthodox church in Ukraine, St. Michael's Cathedral, is also located in Cherkassy Ukraine. It was built in 2000 and is 74 metres-high, 58 metres-long and 54 meters-wide. A great masterpeace of architecture of 19th century is the former hotel “Dnipro” which is located in the centre of the city. Front of the building is decorated by numerous details: small turrets, needle-shaped cupolas and graceful columns. Today “Ukrsotsbank” is located in this building.
A unique architectural monument is located in Cherkasy city it is water tower which was built as one of the first hyperbolic constructions in the world. Hyperbolic water tower was built by project of famous engineer Vladimir Shuhov. There are only 11 towers of such type in the world which were preserved from 200 built by Shuhov.
Among well known monuments of Cherkasy is Hill of Glory with perpetual fire. Hill of Glory is a great monument for all people who died in the Great Patriotic War (The Second World War) defending its Motherland from foreign invaders. Each year on May 9th a lot of people come here to honor with their presents and to lay flowers to this memorial.
Cherkassy city is famous for its parks which are beautiful in each time of the year. Shevchenko boulevard the main street of Cherkassy amazes visitors of the city with its beauty. Shevchenko boulevard crosses the city and stretches over 14km covered with great number of chestnuts it is really amazing.