Sumy is a city in the north-eastern part of Ukraine, which is situated on the Psel River. Sumy is the capital of the
Sumy region and for the year 2004, the city's population is 283,700.
Sumy is an industrial, cultural, economical centre of the Sumy region. Sumy region was founded at the 10th of January 1939
from some parts of Kharkovska, Chernihivska and Poltavska regions.
The city area is about 100 sq.km. Administratively city
is divided into two regions- Kovpakivsky and Zarichniy.
Sumy was founded in 1652 at the bank of the Psel River (a left tributary of the Dnieper) as a Cossack fortress. It was intended to protect Sloboda Ukraine from the Crimean Tatar attacks. After their attacks discontinued and the territory was incorporated into the Russian Empire, Sumy evolved into an important economical centre.
During the German occupation of Ukraine during World War II (1941 - 1943), Sumy sustained heavy damage. The war over, destroyed parts of the city were rebuilt anew. Sumy is a twin town of Celle, Germany since January 17, 1990.
The name of the town Sumy (sounds like old-Russian word "bags") comes from the name of the river Sumka, which flows in the central part of the city. However there is a legend, according to which the first settlers found bags with money not far from that place and it was suggested them as the name of the future city. In 1781 Russian queen Katherine the Great approved the emblem of the city, where three bags on the escutcheon were represented. It is possible to see this emblem on the cast-iron poles, ornamental fences and on hatches in the old part of the city.
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The most important industries:
Joint-stock company "Frunze Production Association". It goes back to machine-building workshops, founded by Belgium joint-stock company in 1896. The main work is to design and produce pumps, compressors for gas pipelines, chemical equipment, and consumer goods.
Production Amalgamation "Khimprom". It is one of the biggest chemical enterprises in Ukraine. The 2 first workshops came into operation more than 40 years ago; they were to produce sulphuric acid and super phosphate. Today it produces mineral fertilizers, acids, paints, and pigments.
The Sumy Fine Arts Museum. Opened in 1920. Started from nationalized private collections of the town and district, among them O.Gansen's collection. Today the museum is one of the most outstanding arts centers in Ukraine which contains unique paintings and works of applied arts. The building made in the early 20th century.
The Museum of Local Lore. Founded in 1920. In the years of fascist occupation the most important items of its collections were lost. Today it contains unique collections covering archaeology and natural history of the Sumy Area. Located in the building of the 19th century that originally was the seat of the district government.
The Chekhov Museum-reserve in Sumy. A unique architectural complex representing a nobleman's country estate of the 18th - 19th centuries in Luka that belonged to the Lintvaryovs. In 1888-1889 a great writer and dramatist Anton Chekhov lived in the western outbuilding of the main estate.
We would recommend you to visit next places:
Fosco (Oktyabrskaya str. ) - a new restaurant in old-Italian style, with the variety of delicious dishes from Italian cuisine, with a great wine card and friendly stuff, but expensive one.
Kosmos (Oktyabrskaya str.) - restaurant, cinema and billiard. Renovated building of old cinema theater, cozy place, good kitchen, reasonable prices.
San-Remo (Red square) - disco, restaurant; dancing program starts at 21.00.
Eldorado - night club starts 23.00, dancing, restaurant, casino, billiard.
Old Mill (Stary Mlyn) - restaurant, which is situated at the picturesque bank of the Psyol piver. Russian sauna, traditional Ukrainian kitchen. Located in 15 minutes walking from the center. It is better to take a taxi in order to get there.
Zdibanka( Zalivnaya Str) - very nice and newly-built restaurant, which offers you various dishes from Italian and other cuisines, large variety of drinks. Best pizza in the city. Restaurant is situated at the picturesque bank of the Psyol River. There is also a summer terrace with great view on the river.
Shchepkin Theater of drama and music comedy (Kirova str.) - local plays are on Ukrainian and Russian languages. Concerts of famous Russian and Ukrainian singers happen 1-2 times a month (check the announcement).
Welcome to Sumy!