Krivoy Rog city, Ukraine (Kryvyi Rih)

The city of Dnepropetrovsk oblast.

Krivoy Rog overview

Krivoy Rog or Kryvyi Rih is a city located in Dnepropetrovsk region of Ukraine.

It is the longest city in Europe (the distance between Terni district and Ingulets district is about 75 kilometers). The maximum width of the city is about 15 kilometers.

Population - 655,000 (2014).

Area codes - +380 564, +380 56 (for 7 digits numbers beginning with 4); postal codes - 50000-50479.

Krivoy Rog city flag

Krivoy Rog city flag

Krivoy Rog city coat of arms

Krivoy Rog city coat of arms

Krivoy Rog city map location


Krivoy Rog history

The first settlements were founded by the Zaporozhye Cossacks in the 17th century. The first record refers to 1775. It is considered the official date of Krivoy Rog foundation.

Almost all documents on the history of the town dated back to 1734-1761 burnt in 1941 (the car with the documents was bombed near Nikopol).

The academician Vasily Zuyev who visited this place in 1781, suggested that the name of the town could mean “crooked cape” after twisting river-bed of the Saksagan where it flows into the river Ingulets.

In 1881, iron ore extraction began. In 1919, the town became a part of Ekaterinoslavskaya gubernia. During the Civil War, it was one of the centers of the anarchist movement headed by Nestor Makhno.

During the World War II, the city was occupied by German troops (1941-1944). After the war, Krivoy Rog was rebuilt partly by captive Germans and turned into an industrial center of the region.

Krivoy Rog views

Krivoy Rog apartment building

Krivoy Rog apartment building

Author: Konstantin Zabolotniy

Krivoy Rog street

Krivoy Rog street

Author: Dmitry But

“Olymp” movie theater

Author: Konstantin Zabolotniy


Krivoy Rog features

Krivoy Rog stretches from the north to the south (from the north-east to the south-west to be more exact) for about 75 km (but not 120 km as a lot of locals think). At present, it is the second most important city in Dnepropetrovsk region.

The city is a cultural center with a number of universities:

  • The Technical University;
  • The Institute of Economics of Kiev National Economical University;
  • The State Teacher’s Training College;
  • The faculty of National metallurgical academy of Ukraine;
  • The branch of Odessa National Academy of Law.

It is a large industrial center, a center of iron ore basin (Krivbass).

Interesting facts

Krivorozhskaya street (named after the city) can be found in Moscow (Russia), Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Karaganda (Kazakhstan), Zaporozhye, Khabarovsk (Russia).

In early December, 2009, the city was visited by Jean-Claude van Damme, a world movie star. His girl-friend is from Krivoy Rog and her parents reside there.

Krivoy Rog sights

Theaters, circus

Drama and Musical Comedy Theater named after T.G.Shevchenko. The theater, opened in 1934, is considered the main cultural center of the city. The building of the theater is the historical, artistic and cultural value of Krivoy Rog. Karl Marx Avenue, 23.

The Puppet Theater. This theater was opened in 1977. Although most plays are mainly for children of primary school age, some of them are worth seeing by adults. For example, the play “Pan Kotsky” devoted to political upheavals in the country. Dzerzhinsky Avenue, 19.

The Theater of Musical and Plastic Arts “The Academy of Movement.” The theater was founded by Antonina and Alexander Belsky as a family project. Today, “the theater of two A” as theatergoers also call it, resembles a modern European visual theater, combining elements of pantomime and circus, dance and music. Shurupova Street, 3.

The Circus. Opened in 1970, it holds many events: performances of outstanding masters of circus, rides with trained animals, exhibitions, shows, and concerts. The 22nd Partsyezd Street, 10.

Krivoy Rog places

Krivoy Rog drama theater

Krivoy Rog drama theater

Author: Subbotin Vycheslav

Krivoy Rog railway station

Krivoy Rog railway station

Author: Boitsov G.A.

Krivoy Rog administration

Krivoy Rog administration

Author: Konstantin Zabolotniy


Parks, gardens

The Park of Culture and Recreation named after Bohdan Khmelnytsky. During the holidays, the park is transformed into a carnival, it is a paradise for children (inflatable trampolines of all shapes, sizes and designs; amusement parks occupying a huge territory).

The main highlight of the park is the fountain - the largest and most beautiful fountain in the city. Dzerzhinsky District, Metallurgov Avenue.

Pravda Park. The park was named in honor of the Soviet newspaper “Pravda”. It is a favorite romantic resting place of many residents of the city. Romantic setting of the park includes “The boat station”, old arches, as well as bridges offering beautiful views of the rivers Saksagan and Ingulets.

The Botanical Garden. One of the most beautiful places in the city. It is located quite far from the center, on the northern part of the city. In the garden, you can see plants of different families, and even some plants listed as endangered.

In fact, it is probably the only place in Krivoy Rog where you can get clean fresh air. Nowhere else in the city you can find so much greenery. Marshak Street, 50.

The Ostrich Farm (The Ostrich Land). This place is not just an ostrich farm - it is the place for “green” recreation for the whole family. On the farm, besides ostriches, you can see other animals (sheep, donkeys, llamas).

You can also rent a wooden house, fish, barbecue, take a steam bath, swim in a pool, sunbathe. Krivoy Rog district, Gruzskoye village, Shkapenko Str., 1.

Other places of interest

Transfiguration Cathedral. The cathedral was consecrated on July 16, 2003. Its construction began in 1989. The 30th anniversary of the Victory Square.

Local History Museum. The museum was founded in 1960 in the old part of the city. The funds of the museum have more than 50 thousand exhibits highlighting historical events and nature of the region from prehistoric times to the present.

Among the exhibits, you can see documents, photos, works of art, nature exhibits, archaeological and numismatic material. Kaunasskaya Street, 16.

“Olymp” movie theater. Pretty good sound quality, comfortable chairs and a large screen, there are two bars in the hall where people can spend some time before watching a movie. Meleshkina Street, 24.

Shale Rocks. These rocks are a natural phenomenon located in Saksagansky district of the city, near Artyom Square. They stretch along the right bank of Saksagan River between the mines “Artyom-1” and “Northern” for 250 meters. When you stay near the rocks, it looks like it is composed of bricks of different sizes and colors.

Karachunovskoye reservoir. It was built in 1932 because of the construction of the Krivoy Rog Metallurgical Plant. The reservoir is a source of drinking water for the city.

Krivoy Rog city, Ukraine photos

Krivoy Rog sights

The Unknown Soldier memorial

The Unknown Soldier memorial

Author: Aleksandr Stakhiv

Krivoy Rog engine monument

Krivoy Rog engine monument

Author: Konstantin Zabolotniy

Soviet art in Krivoy Rog

Soviet art in Krivoy Rog

Author: Dmitry But


Krivoy Rog churches

Krivoy Rog city church

Krivoy Rog city church

Author: Subbotin Vycheslav

Krivoy Rog church

Krivoy Rog church

Author: Subbotin Vycheslav


The questions of our visitors

Bryan asks: What is the fax and phone number of the main post office in Krivoy Rog?
Expert's answer:
The contact phones of main post office of Krivoy Rog I have found: +380 564 923040, +380 564 923016, +380 564 923015. The address is Karl Marx Ave.(Prospekt), 26.
Bert asks: What main city is Krivoy Rog close to?
Expert's answer:
Krivoy Rog is located about 146 km (by highway) from Dnepropetrovsk city (Dnepropetrovsk oblast capital) and 440 km from Kiev city (Ukraine capital).

The comments of our visitors

Sean Roberts
My trip to Ukraine in 1998

I travelled all thru the Ukraine in 1998, and stayed at my friends family home in Krivoy Rog after driving from Kiev by car. My friend Yuri Botvnev is living in Perth Western Australia, and his mother and sister still live in Krivoy Rog.

I found that nearly everyone I met was open and friendly towards me [I am an Australian] and I was amazed by the hospitality everyone showed towards me. I loved the culture, and also the Ukrainian food, While I was there I managed to also see a lot of the country side around the city, and then continued on down to Simferopol, and Yalta. It was a great trip!


Ainalem Molla
Good narration of the history of Krivoy Rog. I went to school in Krivoy Rog University and I was told the literal meaning of Krivoy Rog was bent (crooked) horn. I did not know it was to mean crooked cape. Ainalem USA

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