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Shevchenko Avenue & Odessa National Polytechnic University

Shevchenko Avenue (Шевченко проспект)
This area before the revolution was a poor slum, housing the poorest residence of Odessa, called "Golopuzovka", the Russian word for "ragged". However closer to the sea were the villas of the wealthy.

In the early 1960's a new residential district with a wide boulevard was built over the old Golopuzovka.

In 1964, on the 150th birthday of the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, the avenue was renamed Shevchenko Avenue (Шевченко проспект).

The avenue is lined with Sycamore (plane) and sophora trees, with wild grapevines on the buildings.

Odessa National Polytechnic University
Shevchenko Avenue 1 and 3 (Шевченко проспект)
web page: www.ospu.odessa.ua/english/

The Odessa National Polytechnic University opened in September 1918. It is the largest engineering university in Southern Ukraine. The university has seven departments with over 9,000 students studying several different branches of engineering. The technical and science library has over two million books.

A plaque at Shevchenko Avenue 1 (Шевченко проспект) states:

The street is named after
the great Ukrainian poet
Taras Grigorovich Shevchenko


In 1975 a monument to the students and teacher
of the institute who lost their lives in World War II was unveiled.

Below the dates 1941-1945, the engraving on the monument reads:

1941-1945 To soldiers-polytechnics who
perished in the battle for Soviet Motherland

Below the three male faces the inscription reads:

And your blood shed for the Motherland
will not fade in red banners

Memorial Plaque
Matrosova Aleksandra 1 (Матросова Александра переулок)
Corner of Shevchenko Avenue (Шевченко проспект), across the street from the Polytechnic University

This street is named after Alexander Matrosov, a hero who perished in World War Two:

The Hero of the Soviet Union,
the Guards private
Alexander Matveevich Matrosov