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POLTAVA – Has the reputation of being the greenest city in Ukraine! Some time ago the city authorities and local business combined to plant trees, shrubs and all kinds of floral with the result being a very pleasant and 'green' city. It is still unknown when the city was founded, but within the city limits, archaeologists have unearthed a Paleolithic dwelling as well as Scythian remains.

As within all Towns and Cities in Ukraine, Poltava has it's 'normal' offerings of Monuments, Statues etc. from the Soviet era, however it does offer many unique places of interest.

Such as when Hitler arrived to the City in 1942, he made his speech from the balcony of this house. The building is on the crossing of Frunze Street and Parisian Commune Street and is interesting not only its architecture but also its background. Today it is kindergarten No 14 where small children are educated.

Situated in Sobornyi square is Uspenskyi Cathedral, which was built during 1748-1770, was the first stone building in Poltava and also the first municipal cathedral in the city and started the Orthodox religion in the city. However it was destroyed by communist regime in 1934 with the only thing remaining was the bell tower. In the previous century the bell tower was equipped with the bell ‘Kizi-Kermen’, which was made of Turkish cannons in the end of 19th century. Now this bell is preserved in 

The museum of local lore, history and economy which has 35 rooms and consists of more than 200000 exhibits. Here you can see a unique collection of the old Ukrainian carpets and rugs, ancient stone images from the steppes etc. In this museum the bells of Uspenskyi Cathedral are preserved. One of the most remarkable museum exhibits is the restored room dedicated to intellectuals of the Poltava region of the XIX century, Its interior is in the manner of a typical Ukrainian village house with Oposhnya ceramics exhibits. You can also see a good collection of weapons in the museum:- horse-tails and clubs, sabers, armory etc

Poltava pyramids When you mention the word "pyramid", you think of Egypt with its dazzling yellow sand , scorching sun and camels but there are three pyramids in Europe, two of which are situated in the Poltava region and the other is in Rome, The first of the pyramids is in the village of Komendantivka, Kobelyaky district, and the second can be found in the Palace and Park of the People’s Regional Historical Museum in the village of Berezova Rudka, Pyriatyn district. The higher of the two is the 'Komendantivka pyramid' which is designed on a Mayan tribe tomb.

From the beginning of time, there have been beliefs among people that homes and houses are a reflection of history, absorbed emotions, feelings, opinions of the its inhabitants. In 1890 on Kuznetska Street (now Pushkina Street) near the center of the town, P. A. Pertsovych began constructing one of the first apartment buildings in the city and he wanted his creation to be the most amazing and inimitable. The house has got lopsided shape with one part being three-stored and the other one has four floors. This idea aroused great interest in the city as almost all the buildings in area had had traditional symmetrical appearances! There is also an interesting legend regarding this unusual building that attracted an interesting tenant in 1906!

Another interesting legend regarding Poltava is - on July 14, 1911, a train arranged for rich Italians set out from Rome railway station the train came to a very long tunnel near Poltava and suddenly according to two passengers who managing to jump out from the moving train, everything suddenly become covered with a thick white fog that became more and more impenetrable until it became a gluey liquid as the train approached the tunnel which it entered but did not emerge from, It just ... disappeared. After this event the tunnel was filled with stones and the 'locals' kept 'well away' but during WW11 during an air-raid it was hit by a bomb

This incident would be forgotten if the 'phantom' train had not appeared not far from Poltava one night at a railway crossing! The train with all the curtains tightly closed and drivers cab completely empty moved absolutely noiseless along the train tracks and killed 100's of hens walking over and around the tracks. Also on September 25, 1991, Vasyl’ Petrovych Leschatyi jumped on the foot board of the ghost train at the same crossing near Poltava. Nobody saw him again and the train is still going about the Poltava region.

What ever your reason for going to Poltava you will find the city fascinating and 'lively' with many bars, cafes, nightclubs etc. as well as many interesting places to visit!