Klevan (Ukrainian: Клевань; is an urban-type settlement in Rivne Raion (district) of Rivne Oblast (province) in western Ukraine. Its population was 7,470 at the 2001 Ukrainian census.[2] Current population: 7,570 (2022 est.)[3]

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Flag of Klevan
Coat of arms of Klevan
Klevan is located in Rivne Oblast
Location of Klevan in Ukraine
Klevan is located in Ukraine
Klevan (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 50°44′47″N 26°1′18″E / 50.74639°N 26.02167°E / 50.74639; 26.02167
Country Ukraine
Province Rivne Oblast
DistrictПрапор рівне район.jpg Rivne Raion
Town status1940
 • Town HeadOleh Kostevych
Elevation218 m (715 ft)
 • Total7,470
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+380 3622
WebsiteOfficial website


Annunciation Church

A settlement on the current territory of Klevan was first founded in the beginning of the 12th century on the banks of the Stubla River, a tributary of the Horyn. At the time, the settlement was named Kolyvan or Kolivan (Ukrainian: Коливань).[4][5] The first written mention of Klevan appeared in 1458,[6] as a possession of the Czartoryski family.[4] In 1654, the settlement was granted Magdeburg rights and in 1940, the town acquired the status of an urban-type settlement.

As in all cities and towns of the Volhynia, Klevan had a considerable Jewish community, and a Polish guidebook from 1929 described it as a "the Jewish town with a population of 1,300 people". The town was occupied by the Soviets and then the Germans during World War II and in 1941 the local synagogue was burned by the Fascists and the local Jews were exterminated.[7] The Poles continued to live in Klevan until they were evicted by the Soviets during Operation Wisla.[8] Klevan also became the centre of the deployment of national-liberation struggle of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. In 1979 it had a population of 8,400 people.[6]


Klevan is accessed via the T1817 and H22 roads, and is located 28.3 km northwest of Rivne and 50.4 kilometres southeast of Lutsk along the H22.[9] Klevan lies on the Stubla River.

Notable landmarksEdit

Tunnel of Love near Klevan

Klevan contains the ruins of Klevan Castle, whose construction began in 1475 and was eventually completed in 1561.[5] The town also houses the Church of the Annunciation with a bell tower dating back to 1630, as well as the Church of the Nativity, which was built in 1777. There is also Klevan Railway station, which connects the town with the oblast's administrative center Rivne and Kivertsi, as well as a woodworking plant and food-processing facilities.[6]

An industrial railway enclosed by trees, which has become a walkway for lovers known as the Tunnel of Love is also located near Klevan.[10][11]

People from KlevanEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Kvasyliv and Orzhiv, the other two urban-type settlements in Rivne Raion of Rivne Oblast


  1. ^ "Klevan (Rivne Oblast, Rivne Raion)". weather.in.ua. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Klevan, Rivne Oblast, Rivne Raion". Regions of Ukraine and their Structure (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 5 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2022 [Number of Present Population of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2022] (PDF) (in Ukrainian and English). Kyiv: State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
  4. ^ a b "Klevan". Attractions of Ukraine (in Russian). photohunt.org.ua. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b Sergey, Kononov. Sights & Hotels in Ukraine. Kononov Sergey. p. 95. GGKEY:0C6GN58BU4J. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Danylo Husar Struk (1993). Encyclopedia of Ukraine. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802034441. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  7. ^ Bowling Green State University; Popular Culture Association; American Culture Association (1984). Journal of cultural geography. Bowling Green State University in cooperation with the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  8. ^ Glantz, David M. (March 2005). Colossus reborn: the Red Army at war : 1941-1943. University Press of Kansas. ISBN 978-0-7006-1353-3. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  9. ^ Maps (Map). Google Maps.
  10. ^ Murano, Grace."10 Most Fascinating Tunnels" Oddee, 25 June 2012. Retrieved: 23 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Tunnel of love" Archived 2013-02-15 at the Wayback Machine Tourism On The Edge, 8 August 2012. Retrieved: 23 August 2012.

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