News Science, 04/12/2017

Exploring Sloboda Ukraine’s Old Underground Worlds

The sixth scientific conference “Kharkiv Region’s Underground Space Development” took place at Karazin Kharkiv National University on December 2.

Seven speakers dedicated their reports to the legendary Sloboda Ukraine tunnels in Kharkiv and Izyum. They explained the methods of exploring underground spaces and the problems of museumification and restoration of ancient underground structures.

After discussing the presentations, the participants visited the aged underground passage located at  Kvitka-Osnovyanenko Street in the Kharkiv old city center. The tour guide was Ihor Denisenko, the member of Kharkiv regional charitable foundation for the promotion of historical and cultural exploration “Children of the Underground.”

Navigation and Geodetic Center specialists made a laser scan of 230-years-old tunnel network using biolocation method in July 2017. The processed results of surveys were presented at the conference. They serve as a basis for creating a three-dimensional digital model of underground structures which are important for urban space exploration.

Currently, step by step, the Kharkiv tunnel network returns to the city’s urban space, so more Kharkivites and guests of the city will be able to visit it.

Reference: Kharkiv regional charitable foundation for the promotion of historical and cultural exploration “Children of the Underground” has explored the city’s tunnels of 17th-19th centuries since 2005. It aims to promote the construction safety in Kharkiv historical center, to protect buildings, constructions and city’s utility systems against deformations, as well as the creation of new attractive historical and cultural sites in Kharkiv.

Text: Victoria Sklyarova

Photo: Children of the Underground Foundation