Ukraine: Horishni Plavni – St Nicholas Cathedral

Horishni Plavni was known as Komsomolsk until 2016, when Ukrainian authorities went on a renaming extravanza under the title of de-communization (arguably, not the best way of spending resources and time, and causing confusion for everyone – from ordinary people to Uber drivers and Google maps). The town of Komsomolsk itself was built in 1960 specifically for the two massive open pit iron ore mines located just nearby (next post). A relatively new cathedral, St Nicholas Cathedral, was built in 1994 on the Dnepr embankment, a beautiful blue and white building accessible by a bridge and full of authentic icons and religious paintings inside.