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Church of the Saviour

Long time ago the oldest church of Poltava was only a small chapel of the Transfiguration church, which was situated at the Khrestovozdvizhensky monastery territory. In 1706 it was moved to the administrative part of the city. All famous Poltava colonels swore solemnly to defend interests of citizens in this church. People say that Peter I was there during the solemn mass in this church, after the great victory of Russian troops, on 28 July, 1709.

In 1837, the famous poet Vasily Zhukovsky and his charge Alexander — the future Emperor Alexander II — found the old wooden church in rather dilapidated condition, with mossy walls and lopsided vestibule. To save the church, Alexander initiated creation of All-Russian fund raising for a charitable purpose of the church restoration. Besides, he asked to make everything to save the landmark for ages. In few years 25’000 silver roubles were accumulated. The project of the church preservation was made by A. Ton in 1845 — the stone duplicate covered the old church and saved it till our days. The church is 44,30 feet high; there is an empty space (50 cm — 1 m) between the outer stone and the inner wooden walls. In the middle of XIX century, the old iconostasis of XVIII was renewed. There was a belfry near the church, but this belfry and a stone fence around the church were removed in 30-s of XX century. In 2005 the process of the stone fence reconstruction began.

Today the church in honor of the Vernicle Image of the Saviour is the landmark of the national value.