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Kolodiazhne

Kolodiazhne belongs to the cult places of Ukrainian tourism. It became famous due to the fact that in 1881 P. Kosach and his wife Olga, better known in Ukrainian literature as Olena Pchilka, purchased there an estate. Their daughter Larisa Kosach-Kvitka brought great glory to the family. In world literature she is known under the name of Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913). According to her recollections her stay in Kolodiazhne played the most important role in her literary creative work. Sick with consumption, she had to go to the Crimea, Italy, Georgia, Egypt for treatment. But she was always glad to come back to Volhynia. In 1949 a memorial museum was founded in the village (Lesia Ukrainka Literary-Memorial Museum,vil. Kolodiazhne). Its exposition represents not only the life of the poetess, but also the difficult path of the Ukrainian elite in conditions when the country did not have its own statehood. The drama “The Forest Song” is considered the acme of Lesia Ukrainka’s creative work. The poetess died in Surami (Georgia), and was buried in Baykove cemetery (Kyiv).

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