Fastiv – City of Art and Industry
The city of Fastiv is situated in the Kiev Oblast of Ukraine. It has a population of approximately 50 000 residents. It also boasts one of the largest and most significant railway stations in Ukraine. Fastiv shares its history with the rule of the Cossacks and the wars that ensued which destroyed most of the city and left very few sights and attractions from that era. But, as with many towns, villages and cities in the Kiev region, Fastiv resettled and rebuilt itself to what is seen today.
Of the few attractions and sights of historical value that remain in the
city, be sure to visit the Pokrovska Tsekva. It was constructed in the 17th century, and
as expected, the church was named after Semen Paliy, one of the Cossack
rulers. Another noteworthy church to visit is the 20th century Catholic
Fastiv is a great contributor to the chemical industry in Ukraine. It
produces caustic soda, coke products, fertilizers, petrochemicals and
sulfuric acid. Industrial plants that manufacture these products are only
found in Fastiv, Sumy, Kiev and Korosten. The Obolon Brewery is also located
in Fastiv and visitors are welcome to join a tour of the factory and even
taste a little of their products. It is also the only brewery in Ukraine
that produces wheat beer.
With Fastiv being such an important role player in the Ukrainian
industries, it is important to have a reliable transportation system. The
largest elektrichka depot and station of the Ukrzaliznytsia is located in
Fastiv. It provides many locals with employment and much needed transport.
Tickets for the trains are very affordable and run on routes that are 100
kilometers, with many stops along the way. The different lengths of the
routes determine the amount of stops along the way, and the level of comfort
of the trains. Most might not be the most comfortable train trip visitors
will experience, but for the price, it is a bargain.
Fastiv has also been influenced by the Ukrainian art culture, in some
aspects. One of Ukraine’s most celebrated sculptors, Svitlana Karunska, was
born here in 1968. She Exhibits her work both in Ukraine and internationally.
The Fastiv School of Native Art was established by Lubov Sannikova. He is a
Ukrainian philosopher of culture and an author. Visitors to this city will have a host of activities to enjoy and to keep them occupied.