Assumption Cathedral

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1 Cathedral Square, Poltava, Ukraine

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Justice Restored Jul 25, 2017
Our city guide showed us around Cathedral Square and the cathedral itself. I was even blessed to take some pictures inside the cathedral.

The present Assumption Cathedral used to be the center of Poltava Fortress. There was a wooden Assumption Church, which was the city cathedral. The last recorded evidence of its existence dates back to 1695. In 1748, on the initiative of the Cossacks’ community and the city public, it was resolved to erect a stone temple in the style of a Byzantine basilica. The construction lased from 1748 till 1770.

Assumption Cathedral on Ivan’s Mount is the first stone building in Poltava. The cathedral stood in the central public square in front of Poltava Fortress.

The cathedral was designed by architect S. Stabansky. In 1780, three domes were completed with two more domes, thus turning the cathedral into a five-dome one. The new cathedral was consecrated in 1787. The belfry was 44 meters high.

In 1900, the cathedral went through another reconstruction, and as a result, it became more spacious and bright. The 44-meter-high belfry contained a very special bell: "Kesey-Kerman" cast from Turkish cannons at the end of the 18thcentury. Now this bell belongs to a museum.

In 1934, the cathedral was blown up the Bolsheviks, but the bell tower miraculously survived, although it was neglected. In 2005 a new cathedral was built at the place of the destroyed one. Alas, due to the lack of financing, the new cathedral, which was built on donations, turned out to be 37.5 meters high, which is 7 meters lower than the original.

Now Assumption Cathedral belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate.

St.Paisius Velichkovky (21.12.1722 – 28.11.1794), a native of Poltava, is revered here as St.Paisius and Elder Paisius. He did a lot to promote eldership and revived a lot of monasteries. He signed all his letters as God’s servant Paisius, a native of Poltava. He was canonized in 1988. There is St.Paisius memorial plaque at the entrance to the cathedral and St.Paisius icon near the altar of Assumption Cathedral.
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