the far end of the Shevchenko Gardens, there is a Movie and Concert
Hall Ukrayina for 1,850 seats, known for its excellent acoustics. The
originally shaped building merges well with the gardens green environment.
It was designed by architects V.Vasilyev, Yu.Plaksiyev, V.Reusov, and L.Fridhan,
and engineer A. Biletsky. The Movie and Concert Hall Ukrayina was inaugurated
in August 1963.
far from the Concert Hall there is the main entrance to the Zoo. The
Kharkiv Zoo was founded in 1895 and has already celebrated its centenary.
It now has about five thousand animals representing 340 species of mammals,
reptiles, amphibia, birds, and fishes from all continents. Of a great interest
is the aquarium with exotic fishes of 80 species. The Zoo occupies the
area of 22 hectares. As it is located in the wonderful gardens in city
center, it is always populous with about 1 million visitors annually.
|On the grounds
of the T.Shevchenko Gardens there is an astronomical observatory of the
Kharkiv National University founded in 1808. Scientists study solar processes,
observe planets of the Solar system and satellites. Study of the moon occupies
an important place in the research program. For many years, the observatory
was headed by prominent scholar Academician N.P.Barabashov. In recent
years, his name is more often associated with the Metro station named after
this prominent scientist and Ukraine's largest Barabashov Market. So, the
T.Shevchenko Gardens provide an opportunity to recall who really was Academician