Uman - the arboretum "Sofiyivka"

Uman is a city in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine, the administrative center of the Uman district. Located at the confluence of the Kamenka and Umanka rivers. The population is 87,7 thousand inhabitants (2007). Among the sights of the city: Sophia Park.

Was built by Count Potocki for his wife Sophia. Many picturesque corners that delight the eyes with their beauty are in the world. One of these, worthy of great surprise, is also with us, in Ukraine. He is rightly called the "pearl of Ukraine", and from 2007 he is referred to one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. We are talking about the state dendrological park "Sofiyivka" of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

It is located in the ancient city of Uman, which is famous for its history, as well as the infamous Haydamak revolt, about which the outstanding son of Ukraine, TG Shevchenko, wrote in his poem "Haidamaki". Those who have ever visited this picturesque corner of Ukraine will never be able to forget the beauty and mysterious charm of this area, enveloped in secrets and legends ... Sofiyivka is a poem of stone, water, greenery and sculptures.

Created by the Polish tycoon S. Potocki as a gift to the beautiful wife - the Greek of Sofia. In the wonder park, the story of Hellas, the birthplace of Sophia, is recreated. Each corner of the park is covered with myths and legends of ancient Greece and romantic stories from Potocki's family life. Umanskiy park "Sofiyivka" is a masterpiece of the world landscape art of the end of the XVIII - the beginning of the XIX centuries. It stretches over an area of ​​154,7 hectares on the sidelines of the city of Uman. It still amazes visitors today with its unique beauty and enigmatic romanticism.

Many legends are also composed about Uman, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. A city of heroic and long-suffering destiny. They owned the Polish gentry, it was destroyed by the Tatars and Turks, but it rose again and again from the ashes. In Uman still find the remains of underground dungeons, which served as a refuge for local residents and original fortifications. Another feature of Uman is that it is the center of the meeting of the Jews. Thousands of believing Hasidim from many countries of the world annually, every year during the celebration of Rosh Hapan (Jewish New Year), which takes place at the end of September, make a pilgrimage to Uman, where the leader of the Bratslav Hasidim Rabbi Lachman from Bratslav is buried. 

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