Central Shevchenko Park, just south of pl Svobody, is a great place to observe Kharkivites in their element – or win a stuffed animal in...
Statue of Taras Shevchenko
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Kharkiv Art Museum
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Lonely Planet review
Locals claim that this huge square is the second-largest in the world after Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Whatever, at 750m long it's indisputably huge and is certainly Kharkiv's most unique sight.
Planned as an ensemble of Ukrainian government buildings when Kharkiv was the republican capital, it was built between 1925 and 1935. The late-1920s Derzhprom (Держпром; House of State Industry) at its western end was the first Soviet skyscraper, a geometric series of concrete and glass blocks and bridges. On the southern side of the square is the university (early 1930s), formerly the House of Planning, which displays classic Soviet aesthetics. Lenin still proudly stands in the midst of it all, his hand outstretched across the vast open space.