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Holiday in Ukraine


Sumy a city standing on the Psyol River in northeastern Ukraine.

Sumy received its name after the rivers Suma and Sumka which encircle it on both sides. There is a legend that hunters’ bags (“suma” in Russian language) were found in this area.

This legend is reflected in the coat-of-arms adopted in 1781. There are three black bags with golden buttons on the four-angle shield.

There are many very beautiful buildings and churches in the city. The buildings can roughly be divided into two types; first the conventional Soviet buildings and secondly buildings erected in the 19th and 20th centuries which are adorned with Neo-Gothic elements typical of southern or “sanatorium” architecture.

The hospital of Saint Zinayida on Troitska Street is a good example and you will find that almost every central street shows off a pretty mansion or even a palace. 

Several classical churches dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and two cathedrals with baroque elements illustrate the ancient Sumy architecture. Cossack Voskresenskiy Cathedral on Nezalezhnosti Square, erected at the beginning of the 18th century, was the city's first stone building.

It was built on the site of an ancient fortress at the expense of the first Cossack colonels of Sumy. This cathedral represents “mixed” Ukrainian Baroque, which was popular in Slobidska Ukraine. The city centre is dominated by the magnificent Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral on Soborna Street. This cathedral was built in 1776-1778 and was reconstructed in 1858 and 1882-1892 

Sumy also has the classical museums like its art museum with a considerable collection of works by Petro Levchenko, Mykola Hlushchenko, Ivan Ayvazovskiy, Serhiy Vasylkivskiy and an interesting range of porcelain. There is also a local history museum with numerous materials on culture, history and nature in the Sumy Oblast.

Sugar is a symbolic product for Sumy and the whole oblast. Active sugar production was a decisive factor of the city's development in the 19th and 20th centuries.

And as such a monument to sugar can be found in the City

Other Places Of Interest In Sumy  And Worth A Visit


The Holy Resurrection Cathedral. This cathedral is the oldest stone building in Sumy. It was built at the expense of Colonel A. Kondratyev, the son of the founder of Sumy. The building of the cathedral was a part of city walls; there was an underground passage to the river. In Soviet times, the building housed the department of arts and crafts of the local art museum. Voskresenskaya Street, 19.

The Transfiguration Cathedral. This majestic church, standing on a pedestrian street in the heart of the city, combines elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. Sobornaya Street, 31.

The Trinity Cathedral. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Sumy. It looks like St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. The cathedral was built in the classical style with some Baroque elements. Troitskaya Street, 24-a.


The Museum of Chekhov. The house-museum of Chekhov is open in the mansion of noble Lintvarevyh family (the 18th-19th centuries). In 1888-1889, the writer lived in the western wing of the mansion. The museum was opened to the centenary of the birth of the writer in 1960. Here you can see the restored interior of the living room and dining room, guest rooms and “Antosha room” - Chekhov’s bedroom and study. Chekhov Street, 79. Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (Thursday - 16:00), day off - Friday.

The Museum of Art. This museum named after N. Onatsky is housed in a building constructed in the early 20th century. It was founded on the basis of nationalized private collections of art in 1920. Krasnaya Square, 1. Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Thursday - 16:00), day off - Friday.

The Local History Museum. The exhibition presents objects from archaeological sites of early Slavic monuments, rare exhibits on the history and nature of the region. Kirov Street, 2. Opening hours: 9:00-17:00, day off - Monday.

Other places of interest

Altanka. This small carved wooden gazebo, built without a single nail, is considered to be the symbol of Sumy. This is the only wooden building in the city, which was not damaged during the Second World War. Pokrovskaya Square.

Children’s Park “Fairy Tale”. The park is located in the center. On its territory, in addition to children’s rides, you can find fabulous buildings and figures of fairy tales characters. Shevchenko Avenue.