Monastyrsky Island

Lonely Planet review

At the eastern end of nab Lenina is Monastyrsky Island, the site of the area's first human settlement. Crossing the bridge to the island, you immediately come face to face with a Taras Shevchenko statue , the immense size of which would put most Lenin statues to shame. Turning left (west) you'll come to the beautiful, fortress-style St Nicholas Church (Свято-Николаевская церковь). Nearby, a cross depicting the site of the island's original monastery sits in a fragrant, lovingly cared-for garden. The southeast portion of the island is dominated by sandy beaches , popular among locals in the warm months.

Back on the mainland, walking up the hill from the bridge's southern terminus brings you to Shevchenko Park , where you can watch old men playing chess.