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Starokostiantyniv (Ukrainian: Старокостянтинів; Yiddish: אלט-קאָנסטאַנטין‏ Alt Konstantin) is a city in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. Serving as the administrative center of the Starokostiantyniv Raion (district), the city itself is also designated as a separate raion within the oblast. The city has a population of 34,700 (2007).


Starokostyantyniv was founded in the 16th century when Kostiantyn Ostroz'skyi (1460–1530), built a fortress at the village of Kolishchentsi. The surviving Starokostiantyniv Castle was constructed by his son between 1561 and 1571. The village grew into a town which became known as "Old Constantine's Town" (Kostiantyniv Staryi) to prevent confusion with "New Constantine's Town" in the vicinity.

1648 saw the Battle of Starokostiantyniv.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Abraham Goldfaden, poet and playwright, considered father of the modern Jewish theatre
  • Anatoliy Bondarchuk, hammer thrower who won the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Blank family - Lenin's ancestors
  • Andrey Tantsuyev, The Ukrainian Bear, world-record holding power lifter, founder of the Eastern Bloc mentality of bench pressing, motivational speaker.

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Coordinates: 49°45′20″N 27°13′15″E / 49.75556°N 27.22083°E / 49.75556; 27.22083