Friday, August 20, 2010

Pavilion at Sofievsky Park (HDR)

Sofiyivsky Park (Ukrainian: Софіївський парк; Polish: Zofiówka) is a landscape park in Uman, Cherkasy Oblast of central Ukraine. It was founded in 1796 by Count Stanisław Szczęsny Potocki, a Polish noble. The park is named after his Greek wife Sofia (Zofia Potocka) and was built in 1802.

The cost of the original park was estimated at roughly 15 million złoty, a fortune by contemporary standards. The main designer was Ludwik Metzel, who imported many rare plants from all around Europe. The opening ceremony was also honoured by Stanisław Trembecki, who wrote a poem praising the park and its' namesake.

It is one of the world famous garden-park art creations. There are many scenic areas in the park including waterfalls, fountains, ponds and a stone garden. It is one of the most famous examples of late 18th or early 19th century European landscape garden design that has been preserved to the present time.

The Sofiyivsky Park was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine on August 21, 2007, based on voting by experts and the internet community.

Uman, Sofiyivsky Park

Have a great weekend everyone, everywhere!

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