Skyline of Brovary
Map of Ukraine with Brovary
|Coordinates: 50°30′00″N 30°46′00″E / 50.50000°N 30.76667°E|
|• Mayor||Temporary Absent|
|• Total||98 250|
|• Density||2,534/km2 (6,560/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+380 4594|
Brovary (Ukrainian: Бровари, Polish: Browary; before 1969 known as Brovari) is a city in Kiev Oblast (Region) in northern Ukraine, an eastern suburb of the country's capital, Kiev. Administratively, it is incorporated as a town of oblast significance. It also serves as the administrative centre of Brovary Raion (district), though it does not belong to the raion. Population: 98,250 (2013 est.).
Brovary is a historic town, first mentioned in 1630. Its name, translated from Ukrainian, means "brewers". The city also houses a railway station. International ill-fame came to the city in 2000 after one of its apartment blocks was hit by a stray surface-to-surface missile launched from a neighbouring army shooting range in Honcharivs'ke. Three people were killed.
Today, Brovary is Ukraine's shoe-making capital with dozens of such companies located here. At Brovary, there is also a broadcasting centre for long and shortwaves. The longwave transmitter, which works on 207 kHz, uses as its antenna two 259.6 m (852 ft) tall guyed mast radiators each equipped with a cage antenna at their lower part. Brovary is also an important sport centre of Ukraine. Several world and Olympic champions were born and/or began their career here. Ukraine's national mint facility is located in Brovary.
Brovary is a district centre in Kyiv region. It is situated 20 kilometers from the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv. Brovary district lies in the areas of mixed forests. The climate here is moderately continental with the middle temperature -6 C in January and +19 C in July.
The territory of the region was populated ages ago by the ancestors of the current inhabitants – trypillians, who were the first in Europe to sow seeds of the well-known Ukrainian bread. Brovary was firstly mentioned in 1630. In that time there were only 60 or 70 houses in Brovary, but in 1649 a Cossack sotnya is known to have been formed there. Cossacks took part in Liberation movement under Bohdan Khmelnytsky`s leadership.
The town got its name after breweries where special beer was made. Travellers who went to Kiev often stopped in Brovary, rested, dined and drank the local tasty beer. Many famous people visited Brovary while travelling to Kiev. A Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko, was among them. He visited this town many times in the period from 1829 to 1847. Nowadays there is a monument to Shevchenko in the place from which Brovary began its history as a town, in its old centre.
The modern centre of Brovary is the newest and the most beautiful part of the town. There, one will find a park with its peaceful alleys. In the central park you can see monuments to the past. There is a plane and a tank. Some shops, offices and cafes are situated there, so the streets are never empty, even in the evening.
Traditionally the town is divided into 3 parts : the old town, the new town, and the industrial part. There are a lot of plants and factories in the town, producing knitting, furniture, machine tools, plastic materials and other goods. There are 10 secondary schools, 2 music schools, a school of Arts, and 3 libraries in Brovary. In the city center lies “Prometey”, the historical museum in Gagarin street, which attracts many visitors. If you are fond of sports, you may go to the swimming pools or to the “Spartak” stadium, or even enter the sport college.
In September the citizens of Brovary celebrate the Holiday of the Town’s Day. It’s the time when everyone can watch and listen to concerts of musicians and singers, and see performances by dancers who live in the district. On that day, all the competitions are for show, but Brovary itself is known to be a famous sports town, where a lot of well-known sportsmen have started their career.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Brovary is twinned with:
|City||Country||Year of Signing|
|Rockford, Illinois||United States||1995|
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