The White Rotunda

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Cathedral Square, Poltava, Ukraine

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Visit the White Rotunda Nov 10, 2017
This historical landmark was erected in 1909 within the area of the old fortress of Poltava at the place of its Lower Bastion. The place is called Ivan's Mount.

The White Rotunda was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. The locals say they cannot imagine Poltava without the White Rotunda.

It is no accident that the rotunda is in the form of a horseshoe. According to a legend, a local blacksmith, who worked in this area, expertly shod the czar's horse that had lost its horseshoe in the Battle of Poltava. This legend led to the appearance of the structure. Its horseshoe curved edges are directed towards Assumption Cathedral.

You can have a wonderful view of the Lower City, the neighboring hills and the river valley from here. You have to climb a small wooden tower that has an observation platform. The tower stands to the left of the rotunda.

Ivan’s Mount is the historic core of Poltava. You can have the best views of the city area from this hill. On a hill above the river, Poltava Fortress was built here in the 18th century, to replace an earthen one.

There are words of an outstanding Ukrainian poet Ivan Kotliarevsky on the inner rim of the rotunda, "Where there is consent in the family, where there is peace and quiet, people are happy, it is a blissful side."

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Convent is clearly visible from Ivan’s Hill. The convent was founded in 1650 to commemorate the victory of the Ukrainian troops over the Polish Kingdom. In 1709, the Swedish king Charles XII used the convent as his headquarters before the decisive battle with the troops of Peter I – the battle that was later named the Battle of Poltava. After the victory of the Russian army and the end of hostilities in the area, Exaltation of the Cross Cathedral was completed with the assistance of the son of Vassily Kochubey who had been executed by Hetman Ivan Mazepa. The construction of the cathedral lasted for about thirty years and was completed in 1725. In 1750, Trinity Church was built, and in 1786 - the bell tower that adorned the entire monastery complex.

You can climb the reconstructed Lower City Tower, one of the fifteen towers of the former fortress. According to our city guide, there are plans to restore the Sentinel Bastion of Poltava fortress next to this tower. Standing on the observation platform of the wooden tower, you can enjoy an excellent panorama of the Vorskla Valley with Exaltation of the Holy Cross Monastery on a nearby hill.

In 2006, the monument to the Halushka of Poltava (Poltava dumplings) was erected near Kotliarevsky House Museum and Ivan’s Mount Restaurant. The Halushkas of Poltava had been glorified by numerous writers of Poltava dumplings. The monument to the Galushka of Poltava was dedicated in 2006, on the anniversary of birth of Nokolai Gogol, who had sung praise to the dumplings in his immortal works. The monument is located near Ivan’s Mount Restaurant. The monument to Poltava dumplings is a huge bowl with twelve concrete dumplings (each dumpling weighing about 700 pounds) and a deep spoon, that looks more like a ladle, on a pedestal in the form of a wooden table top, covered with a traditional Ukrainian embroidered towel. This monument work symbolizes the abundance and welfare of the family.

There is a good tradition to hold an annual folk festival near the monument in early June – Poltava Galushkas Festival.

There is a tradition for newlyweds - if the bridegroom manages to make his bride sit in the spoon, and he himself grabs the spoon handle quickly, his young wife will be the family cook, and her husband will be the family leader. Being aware of this, not every bride would obediently sit in the spoon. The bride would try to make her groom sit down on the spoon to assume the role of the family leader "by the right of the Halushka spoon". Then the newlyweds and their guests visit the White Rotunda – the viewing platform, which offers a luxurious panorama of Poltava. It’s a nice place indeed. Most of all, we enjoyed the night view from this place. The view is really impressive, especially the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Monastery.
The White Rotunda
A view from the White Rotunda
A view of the Exaltation of the Cr…
A view from the White Rotunda
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starship1 says:
The tradition for newlyweds and the Poltava dumpling spoon is a nice tradition!

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