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Kharkiv (Kharkov) is the second-largest city in Ukraine. The city is located in the northeast of the country. Kharkov city population is about 1 450 000 inhabitants. The city was founded in 1654. Kharkiv became the first city in Ukraine where the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed in December 1917 and Soviet government was formed. Kharkiv became and remained the capital of the Ukrainian SSR until 1934, when the administrative capital was moved to Kiev.


Coat of arms of Kharkiv

Kharkiv is a major cultural, scientific, educational, transport and industrial centre of Ukraine, with 60 scientific institutes, 30 establishments of higher education, 6 museums, 7 theatres and 80 libraries. Its industry specializes primarily in machinery. There are hundreds of industrial companies in the city. Among them are world renown giants like the Morozov Design Bureau and the Malyshev Tank Factory, leaders in tank production since the 1930s; Khartron (aerospace and nuclear electronics); and the Turboatom turbines producer. There is an underground systems with about 39,6 km of track and 29 stations.
A well-known landmark of Kharkiv is the Freedom Square, one of the biggest square in Europe.

Freedom Square










Kharkiv University




Derzhprom (Gosprom) building is a constructivist structure. The building also became the most spacious single structure in the world by the year of its completion in 1928 to be surpassed by New York's skyscrapers in 1930s. The height of the Derzhprom building is 63 m. With the television tower added in 1955 it was 108 m.




Hotel - Kharkiv Palace








T.G. Shevchenko monument.




Building in Old town


Sumskaya street - main street in Kharkiv










Darvina street








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The city certainly has an interesting mix of architectural styles. I like the famous building from the 1920's in the large square.
 

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The city certainly has an interesting mix of architectural styles. I like the famous building from the 1920's in the large square.
Especially for you ;)

Derzhprom, 1925-1928








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...by EmStBuilding_visitor http://i.piccy.info

The use of concrete in its construction and the system of overhead walkways and individual interlinked towers made it extremely innovative. It was rated by Reyner Banham as one of the major architectural achievements of the 1920s in his Theory and Design in the First Machine Age and comparable in scale only to the Dessau Bauhaus and the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam.
 

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Thanks very much for those extra pictures Igor. It certainly is one hell of a smart building. I quite like it's Stalinist neighbours too!
 
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