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Old January 12th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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Krivoy Rog and Mukachevo, two contrasting Ukrainian cities.

Welcome to my second phototopic, which is about Krivoy Rog and Mukachevo, two extremely different cities in Ukraine.

Part 1: Krivoy Rog

Krivoy Rog, a steel-town of about 700.000 people in the Dniepropetrovsk oblast, runs parallel to three iron-ore quaries, making the city extemely long and narrow. Some people will tell you the city stretches over a 100 kilometers from north to south, though according to google maps, it should be about 45 kilometers long. But this definately still makes it one of the longest cities in Europe (and the world), and one would need a long time to travel the full length of it.

Krivoy Rog, which means crooked horn, is called Kryvyi Rih in Ukrainian, but I use the Russian Krivoy Rog here because that's what the people I met there called it.

When I was traveling in Ukraine for two weeks in the summer of 2011, I made friends with someone at a hostel in Odessa, who offered to show me his hometown of Krivoy Rog. Of course this was an offer I couldn't refuse!

We got a ride from Odessa to Krivoy Rog, and the second part of the journey was a really magical experience for me. The road seemed almost straight for more than a 100 kilometers between Kherson and Krivoy Rog, and all you could see is sunflowers and willows. But I really thought it was spectacularily beautiful, when it was coloured even more yellow by the setting sun.

Krivoy Rog is a really green and spacious city, and I spent a few days there, but sadly I didn't have very much time, and had to leave quite quickly. I found the locals I met to be extremely friendly, though some where amazed to see a tourist in their town. Someone even took me home to show me to his family (and in true Ukrainian style they were very hospitable!). All in all I liked Krivoy Rog and the people I met so much that I decided to go back to there in the summer of 2012 (combined with some other places such as Mukachevo).

The only thing that I'd forgotten was that the oppressive summer heat and the abnormal size of the city, make Krivoy Rog an extremely difficult place to explore for someone without a car, or at least a bike. That is why the pictures I'm posting here are mainly of the northern most neighbourhood of Severgor, where my friend lives.

There's another thread about Krivoy Rog on the Ukrainian SSC forum, which reminds me of the many amazing places I didn't see yet. There's a picture somewhere in that thread of a guy in the forest with a guitar, which I liked because it reminded me the most of the atmosphere of Krivoy Rog, as I met many guys like this, and a lot of them are really tallented musicians.

Arriving in Krivoy Rog the second time, on the night-train from Kyiv, was also quite magical. Rokuvataya station at 5 in the morning, the other passengers who had got off my train had allready left when I made this picture:



Now a quick tour of the neigbourhood of Severgor, which means northern mountain, though I didn't see any mountains. I made most of the pictures early in the morning, which explains why there are not so many people on them.

Severgor mainly consists of two avenues. One of them passes this square with some nice Stalinist era buildings:

(some other neighbourhoods in Krivoy Rog have a similar square with it's own palace of culture)





The square is crowned by the palace of culture on one side:



And by some kind of governement building on the other:



Further up the street, I think this is a hospital:



Some smaller appartment buildings around this avenue:





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Old January 12th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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Anothe avenue runs parallel to the one on the last picture:





Kruschov era appartment buildings line this avenue, and there are more clusters of them on streets on the other side:



Some of them with shops on the ground floor:



I stayed at a friend of my friends appartment opposite and similar to this one:



A school:



A mural on an appartment building:



A nearby lake:



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On one day we decided to go to the centre. To do this we would have to take various Marshrutka's (mini-busses) and travel a few stops on the Krivoy Rog metrotram (though that was mainly because I wanted to see it). All in al the journey took almost two hours, one way.

The first Marshrutka ride took as back to the neighbourhood near Rokuvataya station, near to this Stalinist era hotel:



and this mural:



Another Marshrutka took us to Zaritsna Metro station:





Opposite the metro station:



When we arrived in the centre, we only had enough time to drink one beer at a bar before taking the last Marshrutka back to Severgor. That is why the only picture I have of the centre is of this enourmous administrative building:



Sadly I don't have many more pictures of Krivoy Rog to show you, so here are the last ones, taken when I was leaving Krivoy Rog the first time:

The closest I got to any of the steel-mills:



And a church in a village near Krivoy Rog:

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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #4
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...to Zaritsna Metro station:
It's not metro (subway). This is metrotram (type of LRT - the tramway system with high-speed rolling stock, capable of travelling at up to 80 km/h).

Kryvyi Rih is one of the ugliest cities in Ukraine. I don't like the industrial cities.

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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:39 AM   #5
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Industrial paradise




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Old January 17th, 2013, 01:12 AM   #6
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Kryvyi Rih

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It's true, Krivoy Rog isn't the most beautiful city in the world, but I think it has a special atmosphere, and it is also far from ugly. I also thought the visitors of a forum about cities would be interested in a 45 km long city. Of course the grey "commieblocks" are not beautiful, but that is no different in the suburbs of Kyiv, or for that matter, of most European cities and towns.

Such as these, in Utrecht:



But in Krivoy Rog there are some other things that I find beautiful: the 1930's architecture, the nature, the spaciousness... Maybe it's not always practical, but it certainly makes the city unique. And yes, I also find heavy industry quite interesting, though I didn't see much of it when I was in Krivoy Rog (as it's not visible everywhere). Many people in Krivoy Rog seem proud of their town and their work (though many young people are bored), and I think that with some maintanance it would be a pretty nice city.

I visited 7 other Ukrainian cities, amongst others Kyiv (2x), Odessa, Dniepropetrovsk and L'viv (2x). These are all beautiful and impressive cities (I especialy liked Kyiv), but Krivoy Rog made the biggest impression on me, because it is really different from all other cities I have been to. Also, I'm sure there are enough posts about these other cities on SSC (though I might post some of mine too one day).

Anyway, if people are interested I'll post some pictures of Mukachevo, which is extremely different, soon.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:56 PM   #8
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Yeah, I really look forward to see Mukachevo, which used to be Czecho-slovak town during interbellum. Anyway, thanks for grat photos
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Mukachevo has 1117 years of history of which only 20 years the town was part of Czechoslovakia.
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Founded: 896
Magdeburg law: 1445
Population: 84,692

Mukachevo is a town in Zakarpattia Region of Ukraine.














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Part 2

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great photos....
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Part 2: Mukachevo:

We took a nighttrain from Krivoy Rog to L'viv, where we stayed for a few days before taking the train to Mukachevo, where my friends mother lives, as well as quite a few of his friends:

The train took us through the spectacular carpathian mountains:



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Mukachevo has been on the teritory of a number of different countries, including Hungary, Czeckeslovakia and Transylvania (in the middle ages). The Hungarian, Slovakian and Romanian borders are still not far, and this is visible in many buildings there.

The magnificant town-hall, in a style similar to many buildings in Romanian transylvania:



These houses are quite similar to many in Hungary and Northern Romania:





Most buildings in Mukachevo are cleaner and more modern than these, but I really like this style:



Many older buildings are being renovated:



Or have allready been renovated:



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The Hungarian past is also visible on the text on this building:



These art-nouveau houses are more reminiscent of L'viv:



Some more nice buildings in the centre:



I like this one so much that I'm going to post two pictures of it:





And some more recent buildings which I liked:



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Street scene:



Many of these relatively new Orthodox churches bring a more eastern element to Mukachevo:



Mukachevo is on the river Latoritsa:





My friends mother lives in the neighbourhood on the other side of the river. It is the only communist-era neighbourhood in Mukachevo. Nonetheless, they are nice and spacious on the inside (twice as big appartments compared to Krivoy Rog).

Also she had a really nice view, towards Hungary, Slovakia and Palanok castle (the small hill left of the middle):

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Palanok castle, which was once the capital of Transsylvania:



And Mukachevo seen from Palanok castle:



All in all I liked Mukachevo and met many nice people, so, as the sun set, I was a bit sad to leave.



p.s. Igor L., could you please replace the pictures you quoted with links to the threads that they are on?
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p.s. Igor L., could you please replace the pictures you quoted with links to the threads that they are on?
Why? Sorry, I will not do it.
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Because my thread is about what I saw on my trip, these photos make my thread a lot longer, and interupt my story. Also I linked to another thread about Krivoy Rog at the beginning of my first post. And you don't need to post 10 pictures to prove to me that it's a metrotram and not a metro (by the way, the first time I called it a Metrotram).

On the other hand, who cares, I don't think so many people have viewed this thread anyway.
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On the other hand, who cares, I don't think so many people have viewed this thread anyway.
Well, I did and I like the way you captured this city. Of course it's a totaly unknown place to most of the SSC-members, so interest is low.
I don't think Kryvyi Rih is that ugly, allthough I can imagine Kiev is more beautiful.
Anyway, it's interesting to see non-touristic but intriguing places here. That's what this forum is all about.
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I did too and I think it's much more interesting to see places not as crowded with tourists as other western european cities. For me it's even more interesting because I really love central europe which we may call this part of Ukraine.
Anyway, nice trip pal!
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