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Sokyryntsi

The magestic palace
The magestic palace
Sokyryntsi (known from 1092), Sribniansky Region, is a village (1,400 residents) situated on the banks of Utka River. From 1717, it passed into the ownership of Pryluky Colonel I. Galagan, which proved himself during the Battle of Poltava in 1709. In 1763 his descendant P. Galagan began building his manor to the west of the village, in the right-bank age-old oak forest. On the first stage, alleys were cut through the forest, park buildings and wooden palace erected. In 1823, park architect I. Bisterfeld (responsible for Dehtiari, another Galagan's manor) remade the southwest part into a landscape park. His concept included the main alley, palace and the extensive backyard outlook reaching the water surface of the pond (about 40 ha). AH buildings—rotunda, bridge across a ravine, Gothic arbor, and obelisk—are blended with nature. The majestic palace (1829; architect P. Dubrovsky) is an interesting sample of Ukrainian landscape architecture. Known Ukrainian kobza-player O. Veresai used to live in Sokyryntsi. He was born in the nearby village of Kaliuzhnytsi; he grew blind when he was four years old; afterwards he mastered the art of kobza-player. The manor hosted T. Shevchenko, L. Zhemchuzhnikov, and M. Lysenko. The contemporary Sokyryntsi agricultural technical was founded here by the Soviets. Near the palace there is the monument to O Veresai (1971, sculptor M. Kharchenko), and the kobza-player's museum is in one of its rooms.


 
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