Kharkov is the second-largest city of Ukraine. Located in the north-east of the country, it is the largest city of the Slobozhanshchyna historical region. The city was founded in 1654 and was a major center of Ukrainian culture in the Russian Empire. Kharkov became the first city in Ukraine to acknowledge the Soviet power in December of 1917 and becoming later the capital of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Kharkov remained the capital of the Ukrainian SSR until 1934, when it was moved to Kiev. The city is a historical portrait of architecture as captured by this photograph of one of the cities buildings.