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Okhtyrka

Okhtyrka, is located 25 km from Trostianets. The settlement appeared in the late 16 th century as a defensive post on Okhtyr hill, on the right bank of the Vorskla River. Initially it was a Polish frontier fortress (first written reference to it dates back to 1641), later (after settling boundaries between Russia and Poland in 1645-1648) the fortification passed to Moscow state. Owing to its location on the border with the Wild Field the settlement became an important strategic strong point.

The settlement began to develop as a trade and handicraft center in the late 19 th century. A number of wonderful sacral structures in its territory have survived to our time. Primarily it is the Intercession Cathedral (1752-1825,1 Pushkin St.). The Italian architect B. Rastrelli took part in working out its design. It is supposed that one of his pupils made the working drawings. The city’s most beautiful architectural complex includes the Church-belfry of the Presentation of the Virgin (1784) and the Church of the Nativity (1825). The main street of the city (Kyivska) leads to Soborna Square where the pearls of sacral architecture are situated. The Church of St. George, recently opened for service, is also located in the square. Proceeding from Soborna Square and turning left to Frunze St. you will get to the Church of St. Michael. It is distinguished not only for its original architectural solution, but also for the fact that it contains sacred things from other churches of Okhtyrka, saved from the Bolshevik power. We also advise you to attend an interesting excursion at the Museum of Local Lore (10 Zhovtneva St.).

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