Nikolaev or Mykolayiv is a major city in southern Ukraine. The city is located 65 kilometers from the Black Sea along the estuary of the Southern Buh river. The town was founded in 1789 by the Russian Governor General of Novorossiya Knyaz Potemkin initially as a shipyard called simply a New Shipyard on the Ingul river.
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Sights and things to do include the Nikolaev Theater of Ukrainian Drama and Musical Comedy (founded in 1959), the Museum of Arts with the paintings by local artistst such as Aivazovski, Bogaievski and Yablonska. Furthermore Nikolaev has some monuments built in the style of classicism: best known are the Museum of Shipbuilding and the Church of Nicholas.
Nikolaev as a travel destination has much to commend the more adventurous traveller.