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City of regional significance
Panorama of Khust from the Castle Hill
Panorama of Khust from the Castle Hill
Coat of arms of Khust
Coat of arms
Khust is located in Zakarpattia Oblast
Location of Khust
Khust is located in Ukraine
Map of Zakarpattia Oblast with Khust.
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Country  Ukraine
Oblast Coat of Arms of Transcarpathian Oblast.png Zakarpattia Oblast
Council Khust city council
Founded 1090
Incorporated 1329
 • Mayor Volodymyr Kashchuk
Elevation 164 m (538 ft)
Population (2013)
 • City of regional significance 28,643
 • Density 1,298.140/km2 (3,362.17/sq mi)
 • Metro 31,864
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 90400
Area code(s) +380-3142
Climate Cfb
Website Khust City Portal
Official Website

Khust (Ukrainian: Хуст) is a city located on the Khustets River in Zakarpattia Oblast (province) in western Ukraine. It is near the confluence of the Tisa and Rika Rivers. Serving as the administrative center of Khust Raion (district), the city itself does not belong to the raion and is designated as a city of oblast significance, with the status equal to that of a raion. Population: 28,643 (2013 est.)[1].

Khust was the capital of the short-lived republic of Carpatho-Ukraine.

Origin of name

The name is most possibly related to the name of the stream Hustets or Husztica, whose meaning is "kerchief". It is also conceivable that the name of the city comes from a Romanian traditional food ingredient - husti.

There are several alternative names used for this city: Russian and Rusyn: Хуст, Romanian: Hust, Hungarian: Huszt, Czech and Slovak: Chust, Yiddish: חוסט‎, German: Chust.


The settlement was first mentioned as Huszth, in 1329. Its castle was built in 1090 by king St. Ladislaus of Hungary as a defence against the Cumans, was destroyed during the Mongol invasion of Hungary and was rebuilt around 1318. The town got privileges in 1329.

In 1458 King Matthias imprisoned his uncle, the rebellious Mihály Szilágyi in the castle. In 1514, during György Dózsa's peasant revolt local peasants captured the castle. In 1526 the area became a part of Transylvania.

The army of Ferdinand I captured the town in 1546. In 1594 the Tartars destroyed the town, but could not take the castle. The castle was besieged in 1644 by the army of George I Rákóczi, in 1657 by the Polish, in 1661-62 by the Ottoman and Tartar hordes. Count Ferenc Rhédey, the ruling prince of Transylvania and high steward of Máramaros county died in the castle on May 13, 1667.

The castle surrendered to the Kurucs on August 17, 1703, and the independence of Transylvania was proclaimed here. It was the last castle the Habsburgs occupied when suppressing the freedom fight of the Kurucs, in 1711. The seriously damaged castle was struck by lightning and burnt down on July 3, 1766; a storm brought down its tower in 1798, it has been in ruins ever since then. Huszt was renamed as Csebreny in 1882 during Magyarization process.

In 1910 Huszt had 10,292 citizens, 5,230 Ruthenians, 3,505 Hungarians and 1,535 Germans. Until the Treaty of Trianon it belonged to Hungary and was the seat of the Huszt district of Máramaros county. After World War I, in summer 1919 the Rumanian troops took over the territory. But according to the St.-Germain treaty Czechoslovakia received the city, as part of newly formed Podkarpatsko ("under the Carpathians") region (Subcarpathia). Czechoslovakia had to provide the region a wide autonomy, but autonomy was realised only in 1938. In Autumn 1938 an autonomous government was organised. The day after the collapse of Czechoslovakia on March 14, 1939, the Khust city government proclaimed an independence in Khust on March 15, 1939, though it wasn't recognised by the leading states. One day later, on March 16, 1939 Hungarian troops moved in. On October 24, 1944 Soviet troops occupied the city, and annexed it into the Soviet Union. The Soviet government deported most of the city's German and Hungarian population to the Gulag. Since the collapse of USSR, Khust is part of Ukraine.


In 2001 it had 31,900 inhabitants, including:[2]

Until the 19th century the city's population also included ethnic Romanians (800 Romanians according to the 1880 census).


Khust has an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb).

Climate data for Khust
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 47

Tourist sights

  • Castle ruins
  • Protestant fortress church 13th-14th century, Protestant since 1524, fortified in 1616, 1644, 1661 and 1670, restored in 1773 and 1888. Its belfry is from the 15th century, until 1861 it had four pinnacles.
  • Roman Catholic church (Baroque, 18th century)
  • Greek Orthodox church (18th century)

Famous people

Jewish history

Khust synagogue


In 1861, Rabbi Moshe Schick, known as the "Maharam Schick" established - what was at that time - the largest yeshiva (Torah academy) in Eastern Europe, in Khust. This yeshiva had over 800 students.


Grand Rebbes of Chust (USA) and Pittsburgh (Ashdod)
  • Grand Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky (first Dushinsky rebbe), (later the chief Rabbi of Jerusalem) was the Town Chief Rabbi, and was the Dean of one of the foremost Orthodox Jewish Seminaries, the Maharam Shiek Yeshiva.
  • Grand Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, author of Arugas Habosem, a book of responsa, was the Rav from 1887–1910; the Chust yeshiva experienced tremendous growth under his leadership.
    • Rabbi Yehoshua Greenwald, grandson of Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, served as Rav until the deportation of the community to Auschwitz during World War II. After the war, he established a congregation for Chust Holocaust survivors in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn which his son-in-law Grand Rabbi Pinchos Dovid Horowitz, eldest son of Levi Yitzchak Horowitz the Bostoner Rebbe, now leads.
      Grand Rabbi Pinchos Dovid Horowitz of Chust-Borough Park
  • Grand Rabbi Yisroel Yaakov Leifer, youngest son and Successor by declaration of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna.
    • Grand Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Leifer, son of Rebbe Yisroel Yaakov, author of the Beis Shmuel.
    • Grand Rabbi Reuven Leifer of Viezer, son of Rebbe Yisroel Yaakov
    • Grand Rabbi Dovid Leifer of Groirverdan, son of Rebbe Yisroel Yaakov
    • Grand Rabbi Levi of Chust-Tosh
      • Grand Rabbi Aharon Moishe Leifer, son of Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke.
      • Grand Rabbi Shmuel Shmelka Leifer II of Chust
      • Grand Rabbi Baruch Pinchos Leifer of Chust-Israel
      • Grand Rabbi Turnauer of Chust-Williamsburg
      • Grand Rabbi Meshullam Ginsberg of Chust, grandson and successor of Grand Rabbi Levi of Chust-Tosh

See also


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