A palace of the family of Lopukhinykh-Demydovykh in Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi.


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Map of Ukraine with Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi highlighted.

Location of Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi

Coordinates: 49°29′N 31°17′E / 49.483°N 31.283°E / 49.483; 31.283Coordinates: 49°29′N 31°17′E / 49.483°N 31.283°E / 49.483; 31.283
 Cherkasy Oblast
First mentioned 1032
  Total 118.65 km2 (45.81 sq mi)
Elevation 94 m (308 ft)
Population (2005)
  Total 18,593
  Density 163/km2 (420/sq mi)
Postal code 19400
Area code(s) +380 4735
Sister cities Gifhorn
Korsun downtown
Railway station

Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi (Ukrainian: Корсунь-Шевченківський, Ukrainian pronunciation: [ˈkɔrsunʲ ʃɛwˈt͡ʃɛnkiwsʲkɪi̯], translit. Korsun’-Shevchenkivs’kyi; Polish: Korsuń Szewczenkowski) is a small city located in the Cherkasy Oblast (province) in central Ukraine. The city rests on the banks of the Ros' River, and is the administrative center of the Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi Raion (district).

The current estimated population is 18,593 (as of 2005).


A fortress Korsun was founded in 1032 by the Kievan Rus' prince Yaroslav the Wise and served the protection of Kiev from Nomads from the southern steppe regions. The name of the city comes from the Greek city of Chersones (translated as Korsun) on the Crimean Peninsula. In 1240, Korsun was destroyed by Batu Khan. In 1584, a military base was established in the city.

In the early modern times the place belonged to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, during which another fortress was built and the city received the Magdeburg rights. In 1630, Cossack rebels led by Taras Fedorovych attacked the town and destroyed its Polish garrison. The town was razed by Polish forces during the 1637 Cossack rebellion led by Pavlo Pavliuk. In 1648, the Battle of Korsuń during the Khmelnytsky Uprising, took place here. In 1768, during the Koliyivschyna Rebellion, the Polish garrison was destroyed by the forces of Maksym Zalizniak.

In 1793, Korsun was included into the Russian Empire. In 1903, one of the largest paint factories in the whole Russian Empire was built in Korsun. In the period of the Second World War (1941–1945), the Soviet Red Army defeated about 60,000 German forces in the area surrounding Korsun (for further information, see Korsun Pocket). On February 14, 1944, Korsun was cleared of German forces.

In post-war years, the farm and agricultural economy of Korsun was soon rebuilt. Until 1944, the city was known simply as Korsun, however, it was later renamed in honor of Taras Shevchenko, a famous Ukrainian poet and artist.


Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi contains a railroad station Korsun, on the railroad line Kyiv-Zvitkovo. Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi also contains many industrial factories, namely some mechanical factories, a construction material factory, an asphalt factory, a winemaking factory, sewing factory, and others.


Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi is twinned with Gifhorn, Germany.


Famous people

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi is twinned with:


See also


  • (1972) Icтopia мicт i ciл Укpaїнcькoї CCP - Черкаськa область (History of Towns and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR - Cherkasy Oblast), Kyiv. (Ukrainian)
  • Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine

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