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Beryslav

The next stop will be in the township of Beryslav. The name of the settlement has been in existence since Cossack Museum (34 Lenin St.) contains a representative collection of paintings by the famous Ukrainian art­ist Oleksiy Shevkunenko. The spacious hall of the museum is at the same time a concert hall with wonderful acoustics, and the building properly formerly be­longed to the province council. Among old structures worthy of notice are the governor’s house (now it is palace of children and youth, 6/2 Perekopska St.). the old arsenal (10 Perekopska St.), the remains of Kherson fortress – Ochakiv and Moscow gates (13 Perekopska St.). Nearby there is the oldest sacral structure – the Church of St. Catherine (1786) where Catherine ll’s favorite Grigoriy Potiomkin was buried in October 1791. From outside the church is adorned with the sculptures of Apostles Peter and Paul, and martyresses Cather­ine and Barbara. Under the pediment of the western entrance there is an inscription saying that Catherine II dedicated this temple to the Savior of human kind.

Cossack times (late 17 th-18 th centuries), and the age of the settle­ment dates back to the time of Jesus Christ! Once it was the Scythian metropolis, then the Gothic capital city, the fortress of the Golden Horde, custom-house of the Grand Lithuanian Duchy, an Osman fortress, a Zaporozhian settlement… The wooden Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin (1726, Sadova St.) has survived from the Cossack time. It was delivered here by Cossacks on rafts from the fortress of Perevolochna.

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