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Visiting the best parks was a privilege of the rich before the 1917 revolution, when 10 kopecks would buy two kilos of bread or a bucket of tomatoes. For 40 kopecks, you could buy in excess of one kilo of meat.

For those who could afford it, the price was worth it as it included entertainment by various singers and theatrical troupes.

One of those high class parks was called Chateau-de-Fleur, or Castle of Flowers, which occupied the space now taken by Dynamo Stadium. Another park was Kupetsky Sad, or Merchant Garden, located on one of the Dnipro’s hills.

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