Not far from the square is the city’s Museum of History - one the oldest and biggest museums in Ukraine. Its priceless collection describes the amazing history of Poltava and its periphery; the building that the museum is in is also an interesting example of Ukrainian Art Nouveau. Another popular sight is the Cathedral Square, which stands out due to its complex of landmarks; this complex is colloquially called "Ivanova Gora" (literally, "Ivan’s Mountain"). The splendid Assumption Cathedral adorns the square. In the past, it was the main temple of Poltava. And right behind it stands a museum to the Ukrainian writer Ivan Kotliarevsky.
On "Ivanova Gora," you can also find the famous monument to Poltava’s "Galushka" (“Dumpling”) and the White Pavilion (the Rotunda of nations’ friendship), from which you can see a beautiful view of the city and the majestic Exaltation of the Cross Cathedral – the most ancient building in Poltava. This unique, seven-domed temple is considered to be one of the best specimens of Ukrainian Baroque style, and it has survived until today.
Poltava’s unique sights supplemented by the natural beauty of its environment. Its amazing surroundings had a particularly strong effect on the most famous of Poltava’s sons, the great writer Nickolay Gogol, who described the city in his novellas. You can follow in the footsteps of Gogol's protagonists by visiting the legendary farm near Dikanka and the most renowned of Ukraine’s fairs, the Velyki Sorochyntsi.