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Kharkiv Ukraine

Kharkiv, Ukraine
Became a Sister City: 1989
Population: 1,461,000
Land Area: 120 miles2
Distance from Fountain Square: 5315 mi

From 1919 -1934, Kharkiv served as the capital of Soviet Ukraine, and is now Ukraine’s second largest city with 1.6 million inhabitants. A major cultural, educational and industrial center, Kharkiv features 23 institutions of higher education and numerous theatres, museums, churches, cathedrals, parks and gardens. A well-known example of Ukrainian folk art is the pysanky - finely detailed decorated Easter eggs in bright contrasting colors using the wax and dye method.

Kharkiv is home to Gorky Park, Kharkiv Historical Museum, Shevchenko Park, Kharkiv Art Museum, the Uspensky Cathedral, and the Cathedral of the Holy Protectress.

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