Ex­plore city of Dnipro with new English guide­book

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH VANSHIKA SINGH

Dnipro, a city in south-east­ern Ukraine, 500 kilo­me­ters from Kyiv, has the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a gray in­dus­trial city, and is not the first place that comes to mind when think­ing of Ukrainian tourist des­ti­na­tions.

But “Awe­some Dnipro,” an English-lan­guage pa­per­back pub­lished re­cently by the Os­novy pub­lish­ing house in Kyiv, aims to chal­lenge that stereo­type and urges tourists to ex­plore Dnipro, with its his­tory, dis­tinc­tive sights, tasty food, and hid­den gems.

The book is the fifth in a se­ries of English-lan­guage travel guide­books, com­ing af­ter “Awe­some Ukraine,” “Awe­some Kyiv,” “Awe­some Odesa” and “Awe­some Lviv.”

The Dnipro book’s au­thors pre­fer not to call it a guide, how­ever.

“The book is nei­ther a guide nor a man­ual. Rather, it’s an in­sight into a city we adore — won­der­ful, fas­ci­nat­ing and strange,” they say.

Founded by Russian Em­press Cather­ine the Great in the late 18th cen­tury, Dnipro is Ukraine’s fourth largest city. It holds an im­por­tant po­si­tion in the his­tory of Ukraine, as it was one of the key cen­ters of the nuclear, arms and space in­dus­tries when the coun­try was part of the Soviet Union.

The cover of the book — fea­tur­ing a rocket blast­ing off to­wards space — re­calls the city’s long con­nec­tions to the aero­space in­dus­try. Ac­cord­ing to the au­thors, Hanna Kopy­lova and Dana Pav­ly­chko, Dnipro was a place where “the aero­space in­dus­try and Soviet mon­u­men­tal ar­chi­tec­ture came to dom­i­nate the sky­line.”

How­ever, the book ex­plains that the city has much more to of­fer than rock­ets and planes: it en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to ex­plore the city’s cul­tural sights, na­ture spots, sports venues and, of course, its restaurant­s and cafes.

The book has seven sec­tions: his­tory, cul­ture, food, places, na­ture, sports and tech­nol­ogy. Each sec­tion fea­tures pic­tures, im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion and lo­cals’ in­sights.

The book aims to show how the city is de­vel­op­ing into a mod­ern one, fus­ing a rich histo-

ry with in­no­va­tion.

For those in­ter­ested in his­tory, “Awe­some Dnipro” lists museums and places where one can learn about the city’s past. The book guides the read­ers through the in­dus­trial parts of the city and tells the story of Olek­sandr Pol, or, as he is called in “Awe­some Dnipro,” “the Colum­bus of the Steppes,” who breathed the sec­ond life into the city. Pol was the man be­hind the discovery of iron ore de­posits in the re­gion and es­tab­lish­ing the Ukrainian steel in­dus­try. It is largely due to him that Dnipropetr­o­vsk Oblast be­came the in­dus­trial heart of Ukraine.

can be pur­chased on­line at the pub­lisher’s web­site os­novy­pub­lish­ing.com for Hr 150. Read­ers can also opt to or­der and pick up a copy at the pub­lish­ers’ of­fice: 7 He­orhi­ivsky Lane, third floor.

Those who want to es­cape the city’s noise should visit the Dniprovsko Oril­skyi Na­ture Re­serve, which is “an is­land of wilder­ness sand­wiched be­tween in­dus­trial cen­ters,” ac­cord­ing to the book. Lo­cated some 30 kilo­me­ters from the city, it of­fers pic­turesque views and re­ju­ve­nat­ing na­ture.

Back in the city, vis­i­tors should check out “The Wall of China,” the book’s sec­tion about places says. The struc­ture is “be­lieved to be the long­est res­i­den­tial build­ing in Ukraine, home to more than 1,500 res­i­dents.”

The food sec­tion of­fers a list of cafes and restaurant­s loved by lo­cals. Mishi Blya­hera, a restau­rant that opened in 2009, is one of them, where “ev­ery meal has a story be­hind it.”

The al­most 200-page book of­fers many more tips and in­sights about the city.

One draw­back: there are no maps though to guide tourists in “Awe­some Dnipro,” but it has the full ad­dresses of most of the listed venues.

Kyiv Post busi­ness re­porter Josh Koven­sky reads the “Awe­some Dnipro” travel guide­book while vis­it­ing the city of Dnipro on June 5. (Kostyan­tyn Ch­er­nichkin)

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