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Nikopol, Ukraine Cruise Port

Float along the Dnieper River to reach the cruise port of Nikopol, Ukraine, located in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. The translation of its name is an optimistic "City of Victory," and indeed, Nikopol is a top industrial and transportation center within the Ukraine (and has been since the end of the 19th century). Nikopol can be found on the right bank of Kakhov water reservoir, which has helped to make it one of the region's oldest ports. Recorded history dates back to around 1594; during this period, part of Nikopol was nicknamed "Wild Fields," thanks to consisting mostly of unpopulated steppes (grasslands). During the early 15th century, the area was populated by the Cossacks, making this the first evidence of a Slavic settlement in the area. Today, Nikopol is a city full of historical sights and magnificent architecture. Here are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Nikopol, Ukraine:
 
  • If you're looking for the Lenin Monument, bad news: after protestors painted it in cheerful colors, the monument was finally pulled down completely. However, you can see the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Monument, dedicated to the government Hetman who led an uprising against the Commonwealth, resulting in a Cossack-created state.
     
  • The lovely Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary is a must-see for those interested in religion and/or architecture. Nikopol has several places of interest for anyone who wants to take the complete tour, including the Old Believers' Church and the mushroom-domed Savior-Transfiguration Cathedral.
     
  • Delve more deeply into area history at the Nikopol State Museum, where you'll find more than 38,000 artefacts. Displays go back to ancient times and include information about plans for future scientific development; tours are in Russian and Ukrainian, but interpreters are available for foreign travelers.
     
  • If you want to get closer to authentic excavation, travel about 12 miles northwest to a steppe near Ordzhonikidze. Here archaeologists dug up a Scythian burial mound (from around the 4th century B.C.), finding gold crests and jewelry, most likely made by Greeks. Of the nearly 100 burial mounds originally found here, only 15 are left for travelers to explore.

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