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Berezova Rudka

The palace-park complex in the village of Berezova Rudka was founded in the latter half of the 18th century. It is a typical example of a lordly estate of that time. The estate belonged to the Zakrevskies. The Cossack Captain Yosyp Zakrevsky was married to the sister of Hetman Kyrylo Rozumovsky. Another member of the family – Hnat Zakrevsky – while being on diplomatic service in Egypt, took a great interest in the culture of this country, and in 1899 built a structure in the form of a pyramid on top of the family burial-vault. It was placed according to parts of the world. In spite of the “African” origin, which is also evinced by the sculpture of the goddess Iris before the entrance, a Christian altar was arranged inside the vault. Platon and Hanna Zakrevski, whom Taras Shevchenko had met at a ball of the land-owing lady Volkhovska, were the first to pass to their rest in the vault. On invitation of the married coupe of Zakrevsky the poet visited the estste two times in 1843.

While staying in Berezova Rudka he began to write the poem “The Caucasus,” and painted the portraits of the owners of the estate. Recollections of Hanna the poet retained in his memory for a long time. In 1848, in exile, he dedicated the poem “H.Z.” to her. Today it is worth visiting the estate and seeing the remains of the two-storied stone palace, a typical example of Ukrainian baroque of the 18 th century (arch. Ye. Chervinsky).The wing of the palace is occupied by Berezova Rudka Museum of History and Local Lore; the agricultural college has been ¬†functioning in the territory of the estate since 1929.

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