Trukhaniv Island

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Coordinates: 50°27′48″N 30°32′42″E / 50.46333°N 30.54500°E / 50.46333; 30.54500

Trukhanov Island
Native name: Труханів острів
Trukhaniv Island (yaht club).jpg
A former yacht club on Trukhaniv Island
Trukhanov Island is located in Ukraine
Trukhanov Island
Trukhanov Island
Location Dnieper River
Coordinates 50°26′N 30°35′E / 50.433°N 30.583°E / 50.433; 30.583
Area 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Highest point N/A
Region Kiev, Kiev Oblast
District Dniprovsky, Vyshhorod

Trukhaniv Island (Ukrainian: Труханів острів, translit.: Trukhaniv ostriv) is an island located on the Dnieper River opposite the historic Podil neighbourhood of the city of Kiev.


The island is located at the north side where Dnieper enters premises of Kiev city, with its north part extending some distance north towards the mouth of Desna River. It is located in confluence of both Desna River and Dnieper River. Situated up the stream of Dnieper within the city of Kiev, the island starts a system of Dnieper River islands which ends with the Olzhyn Island. Up the stream of Dnieper River to the north of Trukhaniv is located the Great Island (Velykyi), to the east along Desenka is Lopukhovaty, down the stream to the south are located Venetsiansky and Dolobetsky islands. There are also several other smaller islands located around the Trukhaniv Island.

The island is separated from the righ-bank Kiev by Dnieper and from the left-bank Kiev by Desenka which is a distributary of Desna River, making Trukhaniv island part of its river delta. The Trukhaniv island is split by another distributary called Bobrovnia which serves a conditional border between territory of Vyshhorod Raion and the Kiev city. Technically Bobrovnia splits the island into Ilya Muromets Island (north, in Vyshhorod Raion) and Trukhaniv Island (south, in Kiev). The Kiev's portion of island administratively is part of Dniprovsky city district.

It has an area of 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi). The island is mostly covered by greenery, like the Venetsiansky island nearby. Until 1957, the only method of transportation to the island was by boat in the summer or by crossing the ice in the winter. In 1957, the Park Pedestrian Bridge was built, easing the travel to and from the island.

Trukhaniv Island contains numerous cafés, restaurants, sport complexes, and the largest as well as one of the cleanest city beaches. The island is not only popular for its numerous leisure activities, but it is also popular for fishing on the Dnieper River. In the summer, some parts of the island are used for biking and in the winter some parts are used for cross country skiing. In the summer of 2005, tourists traveling to see the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 were housed on Trukhaniv Island. In the summer of 2012, tourists traveling to see the UEFA Euro 2012 were housed on Trukhaniv Island.

Points of interest[edit]


  • Moskovskyi bridge road
  • Trukhaniv vulytsia (Trukhaniv street)
  • Vulytsia Parkova Doroha (Street "Park Road")


Trukhaniv island (central portion) with the pedestrian Park Bridge

Folk etymology derives the island's name from Tugor-khan, who won a victory over Kiev and whose daughter married Prince Sviatopolk II of Kiev. The summer residence of his daughter and her husband was allegedly named in honor of Tugor-khan, although in truth his name is mentioned but once in Slavonic chronicles. In 1534 the island came under control of the Pustynno-Mykilsky monastery, and was later returned to the city in 1698.

The first buildings on the island were erected in the beginning of the 19th century. During the 1880s, the first businesses began to appear on the island. During the Second World War German forces completely destroyed the island settlements in order to have better control and a clearer view of the city of Kiev. In post-war times, the island was not rebuilt as a settlement, but as a leisure center.


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