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Parkhomivka

To get to the village of Parkhomivka you should ride by the roundabout way in the direction of Bohodukhiv (about 20 km.) to the village of Prokopenkove, where you should keep to the right towards Soniachne and Parkhomivka (another 20 km). Here, in a godforsaken settlement, a real marvel is awaiting you – paintings by Van Dyck, Cezanne, and Vereschagin, Meissen porcelain, rare works by V.Maya kovksy. The most interesting fact is that the masterpieces had been collected not by a patron of art, but by ordinary schoolboys and schoolgirls…

The village of Parkhomivka was first mentioned in 1688. Colonel I. Perekhrestov, mentioned above, laid his hands on this good piece of land as well. But after numerous complaints of the local population the locality in 1704 was placed under the authority of the state. 85 years later Catherine II presented this village and the neighboring lands to Major-General G. P. Podgorichani – a representative of an old count family from Dalmatia. The latter passed Parkhomivka together with his title and surname to his cousin Ye. P. Petrovich, who built in the village a wonderful palace surviving to our time. Now the historical-art museum occupies the premises of the palace (2 Kontorska St.). The museum was founded on the initiative of the history teacher Panas Luniov. Its collection was composed in the course of decades and included gifts presented by major museums of the Soviet Union and Europe, and paintings from private collections of prominent artists. So the exhibition of the former school museum (more than 5000 works of art) does not yield to many eminent museums of Ukraine. Here you can see the “Dove with an Olive Twig” by Pablo Picasso, “Seven Pairs Clean, and Seven Pairs Unclean” by V. Mayakovsky, portraits by A.Van Dyck, F. Bola, V. Borovikovsky and A. Arkhipov, sketches by N. Roerich, M.Saryan, and many other interesting works. The Intercession Church (1808, arch. P.Yaroslavsky) is situated nearby.

In 1872 a sugar-refinery was built in the territory of the estate, which has been functioning to our time. The Kharytonenkoes family was the last owner of the estate at the turn of the 20 th century. Buildings for workers and the remains of office premises (19 th cent.) have survived.

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