The Holy Trinity Cathedral, towering above the city center, is the main Orthodox temple in Dnipro. Its majestic light building, crowned with green cupolas, is reckoned among the city’s most valuable historical and architectural monuments.
Dnipro Quay (Boardwalk)
The Dnipro Quay, stretching along the right bank of the Ukraine’s main water artery for almost 30 kilometers, is considered to be the longest one in the country and in the whole Europe. It is one of the most well-known and frequently visited places in the city, Dnipro’s trademark and locals’ pride.
The beautified street with boulevards in the center appeared at the Dnieper River relatively recently – in the second half of the 20th century. Its main attraction is the music fountain White Swan that stands in the water body not far from the bank. Thanks to unique swimming construction, the fountain can change water flow direction, and its jets assume varied shapes. The height of the central jet is 50 meters, and the movement of side jets creates an effect of swan wings’ flapping. Special lighting and lasers create different light compositions on the so called screen, made of water dust.
One of the most beautiful city parks hides the Potemkin Palace, Dnipro’s oldest stone construction, in the shadow of its trees. The building has lost its original appearance, but is still reckoned among the most important historical and architectural city sights. Over its history, the palace underwent numerous destructions, its owners changed dozen times and it was raised from ruin several times.
The palace, built in strict classical style, was both simple and majestic. It consisted of three parts: the central two-story part, featuring one large and two smaller halls, and the side wings, which housed rooms for different purposes. Galleries, adorned by open colonnades, linked the side parts to the main one. The landscape park with several greenhouses was laid out around the building.
The Shevchenko Park is the oldest and one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Recognized as a monument of landscape art, it has long become the favorite strolling and recreation place for Dnipro locals and guests, who are attracted by rich vegetation and an opportunity to admire amazing views of the mighty Dnieper River from park’s observation areas.
The Transfiguration Cathedral
Situated at the town’s historical center, the majestic, striking with its strict beauty Transfiguration Cathedral is Dnipro‘s symbol and belongs to Ukraine’s prominent cultic buildings. This magnificent temple is the brightest architectural monument in classicism style and remains Dnipro‘s true adornment for almost two centuries already.
The first stone in the Cathedral’s foundation was laid by Empress Catherine the Great in 1786 – simultaneously with city’s foundation. The prominent architect Claude Gerua wanted the Dnipropetrovsk church to exceed the famous Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral in size. However, another Russian and Turkish War broke out and the temple’s construction was postponed for an indefinite time.
In 1835, almost half a century later, the Transfiguration Cathedral was finally built at the town’s center, but upon totally different design. Although new church was in several times smaller than initially planned, it remained the biggest one in Dnipro until the early 20th century and had amazing classical architectural forms.
Enfolding its main hills in a crescent embrace, the legendary Monastyrsky Island is Dnipro‘s urban nucleus and undoubtedly most mysterious and romantic sight. The island is part of Dnipro‘s largest park complex – Shevchenko Park – and is the favorite relaxing place for locals and a popular tourist sight for city’s guests.
Menorah Cultural and Business Center
The Menorah Cultural Center is a unique building and the world’s largest Jewish complex, equal to none elsewhere on Earth. This project shows the past, present and future of Jewish life in the city of Dnipro.
The unique architectural design of the building consists of seven towers, symbolically representing the resemblance of the Temple’s Menorah.
Today, the Menorah is a fascinating house filled with an active cultural and business life, as well as events of all sizes and formats. We can say with confidence that every Dnipro resident can be proud of this development. The Menorah Center has become not only a platform for transnational cultural exchange, but also a reliable partner and most importantly a true friend to everyone.
Diorama ‘Battle of the Dnieper’
Opened in Dnipro on the 30th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the Diorama ‘Battle of the Dnieper’ is the largest diorama in the country and one of the largest in the world. It is the key element of astonishing memorial complex, devoted to Dnieper’s forced crossing and city’s liberation from the fascist invaders, that is situated in the city very heart.
The Battle of the Dnieper was one of the most large-scale battles in the world history. It was the series of interrelated strategic operations that took place on the Dnieper River banks in autumn, 1943, during the Great Patriotic War. It was the first forced crossing of strategically important water body in the war history. It was done in course of hard offensive battles in extremely difficult conditions and resulted in liberation of the left bank of the Dnieper River from the German-fascist invaders. The Battle of the Dnieper was a rare example of such a large and rapid forced crossing of such a wide water barrier, accompanied by fierce resistance of large enemy forces. About four million people participated in the battle from both sides, and its battlefront stretched over 1 400 kilometers.
Founded in 1849, Dnipro‘s History Museum is among the oldest and the largest Ukrainian museums. Initially it was called ‘The Public Museum of Catherine’s Governorate’ and was situated in the Potemkin Palace. Today its impressive collection is located in the building that is the most interesting architectural monument of the early 20th century.
Museum’s first exhibits were various antiquities – archeological findings, discovered during excavations of kurgans’ and of other Dnepropetrovsk region’s burials, stone sculptures. Objects from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece times, Russian and foreign coins, Zaporizhian Cossacks’ relicts were exhibited alongside them. The museum’s pride, however, was the mummy of Egyptian woman with child.