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Sofiyivka Park, a real landscape masterpiece in Uman

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There are many beautiful places in Ukraine, and in this story, I will tell you about probably the most unique and beautiful place called Sofiyvka Park. It is situated in the northern part of the city of Uman, in the Cherkasy region (central Ukraine). Sofiyvka Park is a gorgeous national dendrological park but also a real landscape masterpiece and a very beautiful and romantic spot. Tourists from Ukraine and all over the world are coming here to admire its unique and vibrant nature. Let's discover Sofiyivka together!

Sofiyivka Park, Uman
Sofiyivka Park, Uman
Национальный дендрологический парк Софиевка, Київська вулиця, 12а, Умань, Черкаська область, Украина, 20300

History of Sofiyivka Park 

Sofiyivka Park is considered a true landscape masterpiece from the late 18th century. It covers an area of nearly 180 hectares. The history of the park is very romantic. In 1796, the Polish magnate Stanislav Potocki founded this green space in honor of Sofia, his beautiful Greek wife. This parc was her birthday present, which he gave her in May 1802. In fact, the idea of ​​creating this place belonged to Sofia. Sofiyivka Park is made in a very romantic style with many elements from Roman and Greek mythologies. Stanislav Potocki spent about 15 million Polish zloty on building this park.

A precious project

Sofiyivka Park was a precious project. A considerable number of exotic plants have been imported from all over the world. The artificial swimming pools were also made, as well as an underground river and waterfalls. Today, in this park, you can also see artificial rocks and caves. It took six years to develop this incredible oasis of beauty.

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© iStock/Irinavk

In every corner of this arboretum, you can find a piece of Greek culture. You can visit the caves of Calypso, Diana, and Venus, see the Ithaca Lake and the Moose Terrace and statues of the Greek gods. The underground river of the park leads to the dark kingdom of Hades. Today, more than 3000 species of trees and plants grow here. In Sofiyivka Park, you can also find lakes, waterfalls, springs, and fountains. It is hard to describe this place in a few sentences because this is not just a park. This is the whole land.

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© iStock/YelenaYemchuk

A vast English landscape garden

In this park, you can also find a vast English landscape garden situated near the amphitheater and the greenhouse. This part of Sofiyivka has many islets on ponds with bridges, alleys, columns, and statues. The central axis of the Sofiyivka Park runs along the Kamianka River. Many artificial basins and lakes have been constructed here such as the Upper Dam, the Lower Dam, waterfalls, floodgates, cascades and the Aheronto underground river. Today, in addition to trips to the park and museum, you can take a boat or a catamaran on the underground river, ride a horse or rent a horse-drawn carriage. You must visit this beautiful and inspiring place in UmanIn Sofiyivka Park, a real landscape masterpiece awaits you.


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Marusia Bilous

Marusia Bilous

Hi, I’m Marusia from Lviv, Ukraine. My life is a permanent movement in a search for unforgettable impressions and interesting people. I promise that your virtual trip to my country will be interesting, and you will definitely plan one of your travels to Ukraine.

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