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Poltava General info

Poltava — is an amazing town which is situated on the right bank of the river Vorskla. Poltava recieved it's poetical name from the tributary of Vorskla–Ltava. During many centuries Poltava plays a role of an important cultural and historical city. The most valuable memorials of history and architecture are situated here. Heroical events of the Poltava Battle are immortalized in the architecture of the city.

Tourists from all over the world enjoy our sites. Architectural ensemble of Round square (XIX cent.), the Field of Poltava Battle and the Museum of Poltava Battle, many monuments of famous people, museums, temples and monasteries: have brought to Poltava honorary title of the noral and cultural capital of Ukraine.

Poltava gave many famous people to our world. People from all over the world heard the voice of Ivan Kotlyarevski from Poltava. Mykola Gogol studied here. Such writers as Panas Myrny and Volodymyr Korolenko, artist Grygoriy Myasoyedov, famous teacher Anton Makarenko leaved and worked here.Famous singer and poetress Marusya Churay, patriarch of the Ukrainian Ortodox Church Mstyslav, one of the leaders of Ukrainian Public Republic Symon Petlyura were born in Poltava. In different times Poltava was visited by Taras Shevchenko, Vasyl Zhukovsky , Lev Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Pavlo Tychyna and Ostap Vyshnya, count Potiomkin, Suvorov, Russian sovereigns Katerine II, Mykola II and Alexander II.

Hospitable poltavites carefully keep memories about them for the future generations. There are a lot of museums in Poltava for example Kotlyarevsky Homestead memorial museums of Kotlyarevsky, Korolenko, Panas Myrny, Sklifosovskiy etc.


The history of Poltava leaves in a deep antiquity. 1174 is considered to be the year of the foundation of Poltava when the settlement "Ltava" or "Oltava" is mentioned in the written sources. They say that the city received its name from the inflow of Vorskla — the river Ltava or Oltava, where the settlement was situated. In the beginning of 15th century a settlement appears with the modern name — Poltava. In 1641 Poltava was named as a city.

The cultural life of the city was always very rich. In 1818-1819 the famous writer M.V.Gogol studied in local college. The writer M.Staritskiy, the historian and public figure M.P.Dragomanov, the mathematician V.M. Ostrogradckiy have been studied in the high school of Poltava. In 1844 the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Schevchenko has visited the city. The famous Ukrainian poet and writer Kotlyrevskiy was born in Poltava. In 1865-1866 the Ukrainian writer Nechuj-Levitskiy has been worked here and in 1871 Panas Mirny has worked here too. Besides, the famous scientist Dokuchaev have worked here too. In 1891 under the initiative of Dokuchaev the museum of local lore was opened in Poltava. The famous doctor Sklifosofsky worked in Poltava too.

Glorified by many cultural people, Poltava has given to the world a lot of talented and famous people. From here to all over the world has sounded the voice of Ivan Kotlyarevsky, here studied famous ukrainian writer Gogol, lived and worked Panas Mirny, Myasoedov, Makarenko, Korolenko. The singer and poetess Marusya Churay was born in Poltava, one of the leaders of the Ukrainian National Republic S.V.Petlura, honoured artist USSR V.M.Batutin. T.G.Shevchenko, V.A.Zukovsky, K.D.Bal'mont, L.M.Tolstoy, M.P.Bazhan, P.G.Tichina, Ostap Vishnya, Maksim Gorkiy, Repin, the earl Potemkin, field-marshal Suvorov, the Russian sovereigns such as Ekaterina the second, Nicolay the second, Alexandr the second; and a lot of other famous people have visited our city.