Smila city, Ukraine

The city of Cherkassy oblast.

Smila overview

Smila or Smela is a city located in Cherkassy region of Ukraine.

It is standing on the left bank of the Tyasmin River, about 30 km from Cherkasy.

Population - 69,000 (2012).

Area code - +380 4733; postal code - 20700.

Smila city flag

Smila city flag

Smila city coat of arms

Smila city coat of arms

Smila city map location


Smila features

Smila has railway connections with Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Lviv and Odessa. It is an important transport and industrial center of the region.

The main enterprises are machinery building plants, furniture and sugar plants.

There are several ancient churches, monuments to Chernobyl disaster, Afghanistan war and other place of interest on the territory of Smila.

Smila views

Shevchenko monument and the railway station

Shevchenko monument and the railway station

Author: Max Homuha

Smila shop

Smila shop

Author: Max Homuha

Smila city scenery

Smila city scenery

Author: Yura Vasilenko


Smila history

There is a legend about the origin of “Smila” name.

It happened in the days when the Golden Horde raids were ravaging the Kievan Rus lands. One brave village girl guided the Russian army to the rear of the invaders army.

The Mongols were defeated but the girl was killed by an arrow. No one knew the name of the girl and, later, when the settlement was established, it received the name “Smila” meaning “brave” in Ukrainian.

In the 16th century, the settlement was mentioned as the part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The town received Magdeburg rights in 1773. Later, in 1795, it became the part of the Russian Empire.

Smila began to develop quickly after the construction of a railway connecting it with other cities and towns of the region in 1876.

In the 20th century, the town and its people suffered a lot because of the World War I, the Ukrainian Holodomor, the World War II, the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Today, Smila is growing again as the city of independent Ukraine.

Smila scenery

Smila scenery

Smila scenery

Author: Yura Vasilenko

Smila street view

Smila street view

Author: Pavlo Turkot

Smila street scenery

Smila street scenery

Author: Pavlo Turkot


Smila places of interest

The architectural monuments:

  • Pokrovskaya Church (the 18th century);
  • The Polish Roman-Catholic Church (1818-1827);
  • The building of the sugar-making plant (1848);
  • The building of St. Peterburg bank (1859);
  • The buildings of the gymnasiums for boys (1909) and girls (1910).

There is a museum of local history on Baida Vishnevetsky Street, 98. The museum is located in the building of St. Peterburg bank, constructed in the style of provincial modernism in 1909. The museum has over 3,500 exhibits.

You can see maps of the 19th-20th centuries, exhibits telling about the former owners of the town - Earl Bobrinsky family, archaeological finds.

The unique exhibits include a jewelry box made by Italian jewelers of the 18th century, a lock of the mid 19th century and others.

Smila city, Ukraine photos

Smila pictures

In the center of Smila

In the center of Smila

Author: Pavlo Turkot

Smila architecture

Smila architecture

Author: Pavlo Turkot

Smila administration

Smila administration

Author: Pavlo Turkot


Smila places

Smila railway station

Smila railway station

Author: Pavlo Turkot

Smila museum

Smila museum

Author: Pavlo Turkot


The comments of our visitors

Robin Mullenhoff
Relatives from Smila
My maternal grandmothers family came from Smila at the turn of the century and settled in Boston. There may be relatives that we have lost touch with, I'm not sure.

Smila Roja
Richard Lewis
Message for Richard Lewis. I don't know if we are related but my grandparents came from that area.

Richard Lewis
Smila
Been involved in family history research. My grandparents were born in Smila and emigrated to the USA early 1900s. With assistance I have learned of family members in the area dating to late 1700s. Now want to locate cousins who emigrated from Uman to US

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