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Find every lucky horseshoe and discover Poltava!

Poltava - a fairytale city, full of legends. One of them - about luck, that anyone who finds...

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Poltava - a fairytale city, full of legends. One of them - about luck, that anyone who finds a horseshoe on its path will receive. Horseshoe as tell Poltava citizens isn’t only a guardian, but a talisman which is sure to bring a good luck - a real success for years to come. For several hundred years, travelers who visit Poltava are searching for a horseshoe, to return home with confidence in their success. According to legend, anyone who wants to be lucky should pass Poltava, find the legendary path on which lucky horseshoes since Cossack times were left. And every traveler, if he will be realy attentive and careful, will certainly find all the horseshoes that bring good luck and the implementation of any courageous desires. In our time, the time of high technology and instant communication, it's hard to find a horseshoe on the road, lost by horse rider, but for those who believes in success is awaiting a reward. Poltava is always ready to meet the guests, so even today you will find success in Poltava. Go to the path of legends, and you will find all the horseshoes that are located on your way to success! Be confident and believe in your luck - it is waiting for you in Poltava!




«The Assumption Cathedral»Year of opening: 1774; year of destruction: 1934; years of reconstruction: 1995-2004Authors: architect S.Stabanskyi (ХVІІІ cent.), V. Tregubov (ХХІ cent.)Location: Soborna Square, 1, Poltava city
About the landmark:

Wooden building of the Assumption Cathedral was famous since 80s of ХVІІ century. However in 1748 Cossack leaders…

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Wooden building of the Assumption Cathedral was famous since 80s of ХVІІ century. However in 1748 Cossack leaders and community of the city decided to build a stone cathedral. During the years of 1749–1770 the wooden cathedral was changed into stone one. The building of the main city cathedral was performed under the guidance of famous Ukrainian architect Stephan Stabanskyi at the expense of the last regimental government of Poltava headed by colonel Andrii Horlenko – grandson of Danyl Apostol – famous politician and public official, hetman of Zaporizhian Cossacks. Exterior of the cathedral and its interior complied with the style of Ukrainian Baroque. Since 1780 the cathedral became five-doomed. The cathedral which was the main church of the city in those times served as the first public proto-museum institution of Poltava. There one can saw the famous image of Saint Basil the Great which was turned into a chessboard by Swedes according to the legend. On both sides of 4-layers iconostasis there were flags of Cossacks regiments formed by Ivan Kotlyarevskyi of Poltava villagers for battle with Napoleonic France in 1812. On the walls of the cathedral there were pictures showing the Perekop fortifications and victory over the Turkish fortress Kafa (modern Feodosia) in 1771.The Cathedral-memorial of famous pages of Poltava citizens had one of the largest libraries to the formation of which Ivan Kotlyarevskyi’s grandfather – deacon of the cathedral was involved. In 1824 at will of bishops of Poltava and Pereyaslavskyi Georgii there was founded a note school where singing was taught.
However, there also were tragic stages in history of this Cathedral. In particular with establishment of Soviet Power in Ukraine the Holly Assumption Cathedral of the city was destroyed. At this place there were planned to build garages.
Though in our time in accordance with the state program for reconstruction of famous historical and architectural monuments of heritage of Ukraine, the Poltava Holly Assumption Cathedral which belonged to rare architectural type of urban and monastic cathedrals of late ХVІІІ century, in 1999 was entered in a list of unique ethic culture monuments subject to priority reconstruction. In August 28, 1995 at the Cathedral holiday the first brick was laid in for further reconstruction. On September 23, 2004 on the City Day the reconstructed cathedral was hallowed.
Today on the territory of the Holly Assumption Cathedral in the lower part of it there is an ecclesial and cultural center named after venerable Paisii Velychkovskyi.