Welcome to Zhytomyr
Some 140km west of Kyiv, no other right-bank city evokes the Soviet Union more than Zhytomyr. Even with its Lenin and Marx monuments removed, Zhytomyr's plinthed tank and wreathed war memorials, old trolleybuses and a fascinatingly nostalgic space museum give it a kind of time-warped provincial charm that makes it just worth leaving Kyiv to see.
The centre of town is pl Peremohy, next to the towering yellow Ukrainian Orthodox Transfiguration Church. Just south of pl Peremohy is pl Soborno, one of Ukraine's largest traffic circles.