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Zaporizhzhya/Ukraine

Introducing Zaporizhzhya

So, so Soviet! For a visitor, Zaporizhzhya is essentially one avenue lined with sometimes imposing Stalinesque architecture. Named after its Moscow equivalent, pr Lenina runs from Avtozaz, the birthplace of the Zaporizhets – USSR's most ridiculed car model – to the Soviet industrial icon, Dniproges power station. Neither of which are the reason people come here on holiday. The reason is Khortytsya – a rocky forested island where Cossacks set up their all-male free-rule republic, which prospered from raids on neighbouring empires and duties levied on anyone who used the river trade route. Today, it is the place to learn about Cossack culture and history, admire beautiful river vistas and spend a day hiking or bicycling.