Dnipro is a dynamic and lively city with spacious parks, beautiful attractions, long boulevards (the Lenin Boardwalk along the Dnieper River happens to be the longest in Europe) and a skyline of modern and old architecture sets on the Dnieper River. It is also known as the major centre for high-technology, education, machine-building, metallurgy and trade. The city is not only famous for its commercial industry, but also for its green hills and deep history.
Dnipro women are very well-educated (69% have a higher-education) because there are many academic universities located in the Dnipro region. The girls from Dnipro are not pretentious and know how to live a simple life and be satisfied. These girls are not looking for a man with money. What’s important for them is that you can provide stability and will be a supportive husband throughout the relationship and marriage.
Dnipro is a city that you will want to come back to, especially with so much to see and do – which ranges from beaches, sporting events, and many other cultural attractions. You will enjoy going back to Dnipo with your bride so the grandparents can meet your children.
One of the city’s most interesting landmarks is the legendary Monastyrsky Island. It is well documented that in the 9th century, a Byzantine monastery stood there (which explains the island’s name). At that time, a famous trade route between the Varangians and the Greeks passed through the Dnieper River, and the island was often used as a stopping point. Today, Monastyrsky Island is part of the largest park in Dnipro – Shevchenko Park. The park has a cableway from which you can experience amazing views of the city and the splendid St. Nickolay Church. The park has such a splendid atmosphere, that even the pedestrian bridge leading into the island is considered to be a landmark of its own.
The park attracts many tourists with great harmony, as two centuries-old classical buildings stand comfortably next to modern “high tech” buildings. And the severity of industrial giants is subdued by the rich greenery of picturesque parks and its boulevards. All of these attributes, along with a unique historical and cultural heritage, creates a perfect atmosphere that makes Dnipro unlike any other city in Ukraine, as it attracts thousands of travelers from all over the world.
Most citizens in Ukraine identify themselves as Russian Orthodox (Christian background) and there are many churches & monasteries to see which reflect this history. But Dnipro also has a very vibrant Jewish Community. It is home to the World’s Largest Jewish Cultural and Business Center called the Menorah. It is a unique building with a unique architectural design; conveniently located in the heart of the city (just down the road from “Moct-Citi”.) It consists of seven towers, symbolically representing the resemblance of the Temple’s Menorah to house a variety of services for residents and visitors alike.
Dnipro’s Deep History
The city of Dnipro has a lot of great cultural history which began in 1776, when Catherine the Great (on a trip through the region) ordered General Gregory Potiomkin to establish a city there.
The city’s construction began in 1787 and the building of the Transfiguration Cathedral started around the same time – when the empress herself (Catherine the Great) set the first stone in the structure’s foundation. The town was intended to become Russian Empire’s Third Main City, but these plans never fully materialized. After Catherine the Great died, the city’s construction and development slowed down considerably.
The city’s fortunes changed once again in the late 19th century, as large ore deposits were discovered and a railroad was built close by. Soon after, it became one of Russian Empire’s most important industrial centers. In 1926 it was re-named into Dnipropetrovsk; its new name was a combination of the Dnieper River and the name of the Soviet official Grigory Petrovsky.
Dnipro is also a powerhouse for Ukraine’s business elite’s and politics – it is known as the native city for many of the country’s most important figures. Ukraine’s politics are still defined by the legacies of Leonid Kuchma, Pavlo Lazarenko and Yuliya Tymoshenko whose intermingled careers started in Dnipro.