Kherson is a quiet green
city in the south of Ukraine. It had grown at the bank of
the Dnipro, the biggest Ukrainian river.
Panoramic view of Kherson
Kherson was named after
ancient Greek city of Khersonesos (that means "peninsular"
in translation). The remains of ancient Khersonesos survived
till our days and can be found at the suburbs of modern
Sevastopol. They had become one of the most
spectacular attractions of
Kherson was founded in 1778 by famous military man Grigory
Potiomkin, on the orders of Russian Empress Catherine the
Great. At the
beginning it was a fortress for protection of the southern
boarders of Russia. Kherson city became the first Russian
naval base and shipyard on the
Monument to the first ship constructed at Kherson
shipyard had become a symbol of Kherson
Kherson still remains an
important port city and has the River and Sea ports. Kherson
trade port deals with more than 40 countries
of the world. Two main
streets of Kherson (Ushakov and Suvorov street) were named
in honour of outstanding historical figures of Russia:
Admiral Ushakov, who started to build ships for the
Black Sea fleet from 1783 till 1785 here and General Suvorov,
who provided the construction of
fortifications in Kherson from 1787 till 1791.
Famous "Tovarisch" wind-driven barque at
Kherson Sea port
The name of famous English
philanthropist and doctor John Howard is also entered the
history of Kherson. In autumn of
1789 Howard arrived to Kherson where typhus epidemic had
flashed. He visited hospitals and the prison, spent his own
money to give necessary treatment
to Kherson patients. But for his misfortune he had caught a
typhus himslf and died. Kherson
people will always remember John Howard for his altruism and
courageous self-denying work. There are the monument
to Jh.Howard and always crowded John Howard pub in the
very center of Kherson. Not many
people know that Kherson had become "a cradle" of futurism
in Russian literature of the early XX century.
Entering Kherson region from the east.
Monument to a Water-melon
of our city is closely connected with the names of
poets Burliuk brothers, Soviet writer Boris Lavrenev,
Ukrainian film director,
screen-writer and actor Sergey Bondarchuk, world famous
golden medal gymnasts Larissa Latynina and Tatiana Lysenko,
second Prime Minister of Israel
Moshe Sharett, ex-Prime Minister of Bulgaria Sergey
Stanishev, one of the city founders: talented military
man, Major-General Abram Petrovich Gannibal and many
other bright personalities. Modern
Kherson is known a city of ship-builders. Other industries
such as combine-buiding, oil-refining, textile (that's why
Kherson is sometimes called as "a city of brides")
are also developed in Kherson.
Night view of "Frigat" hotel complex.
Kherson region (Khersonska
oblast) is an important agricultural area, especially famous
for its sunflowers and water-melons.