Top Choice Museum in Kharkiv

Kharkiv Art Museum

Kharkiv's most famous museum owns one of many versions of Ilya Repin's Zaporizhsky Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan, which is found in a room full of Repin paintings in the museum's permanent collecti…
Top Choice Square in Kharkiv

Ploshcha Svobody

Locals claim that this enormous expanse of cobbles is the second largest in the world after Beijing's Tiananmen Sq. At 750m long it's indisputably huge and is certainly Kharkiv's most unique sight. Planned as an ens…
Museum in Kharkiv

Kharkiv History Museum

The city's history museum found itself encased in a giant glassy structure as the result of an unfinished reconstruction, which hasn't touched upon the building itself. But the changing wind of history can be felt i…
Notable Building in Kharkiv

Pokrovsky Monastery

Just west of pl Konstytutsiyi, the gleaming domes of the Pokrovsky Monastery (Intercession of the Virgin) are visible from miles away. The predictably peaceful grounds (enter from pl Konstytutsiyi) have two attracti…
Park in Kharkiv

Shevchenko Park

Central Shevchenko Park is one of those post-Soviet parks where you can sit for hours watching families boarding the kiddie train, listening to some remarkably talented buskers, and pondering the shortness of some s…
Notable Building in Kharkiv


At the western end of pl Svobody, this late-1920s building is an example of early Soviet-era constructivist architecture: a geometric series of concrete and glass blocks and bridges. The building is not accessible f…
Cathedral in Kharkiv

Blahoveshchensky Cathedral

The park across the street from Uspensky Cathedral offers the best vantage point of the striking red-and-cream striped cathedral down in the valley, built 1881–1901. Based on Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, it has a beauti…
Monument in Kharkiv

Taras Shevchenko Statue

Locals are perhaps overly proud of this statue. Yes, it’s big and it does portray the heroic poet surrounded by 16 peasants, Cossacks and other Ukrainians representing the national history. However, it’s also rather…
Cathedral in Kharkiv

Uspensky Cathedral

This cathedral with its landmark mid-19th-century bell tower (89.5m tall) is now used only as a concert hall. The ticket office in the entrance is open in the afternoons only. Schedules available at