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Volodymyrivka

Further, according to the itinerary, we set out to the tiny village of Volodymyrivka where Ivan Kharytonenko, more than a hundred years ago, laid the foundation of the estate “Natalivka” in honor of his beloved grand-daughter Natalie. Sands that adjoined the old oak-wood were planted with pine-trees, there were built a palace, a church, outhouses, a water tower – the “people’s” capitalist kept up to date and arranged everything according to the latest in technology.

The history of the family, however, was completed quite tragically – the descendants of the sugar magnate were not destined to use his property in full, though we have the opportunity to admire the creations of masters of the past. To get to the main gate of the estate we should start from Krasnokutskto Petrovsky and Kachalivka (5 km.), then follow the road to Murafa (9 km.). In Murafa we turn left in the direction of Volodymyrivka -another 5 km. The road running through the forest leads to the estate, and you will easily notice the exquisite gate executed in the style of medieval European castles. We leave the car near the gate and continue our trip on foot. The path to the left from the main alley leads to the remains of the estate – here are an outhouse, the water tower and the Transfiguration Church (1911-1913). The temple was built in the old Russian style after the design drawings of A.Schusev. It is adorned with reliefs made by A. Matveev, S. Konenkov, and others. P. Kharytoneko had planned to use it for his collection of old painting and church plate. Today the church is functioning. Divine services are celebrated on Sundays and patronal festivals. Even the pitiful remains of the former magnificent estate produce a vivid impression on the viewer, and the church architecture cannot but delight! A sanatorium for consumptive patients (closed form) is functioning in the territory of the estate.

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