Unusual monuments in Ukraine: landmarks worth seeing by everyone
Probably, among all the memorials scattered across the territory of our country, we only know a few. Of course, these are sculptures dedicated to prominent personalities: Taras Shevchenko, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, or, for example, the founders of Kyiv. But there are many monuments that we have either never heard of or only have a superficial idea of. Yet they are amazing and have an interesting and unique history.
Monument to the Sailor's Wife, Odessa
On September 2, 2002, on City Day, a new monument symbolizing love, loyalty, and patience was unveiled. The sculpture depicts a young woman with a little boy who looks towards the horizon.
But in fact, the beautiful "pearl" is dedicated not only to the women sailors but also to all the residents who once, unfortunately, did not wait for their husbands. It symbolizes the suffering of the girls who saw off the Black Sea Fleet ships heading for Sevastopol in 1941. The pain of the people who never got to see the return of the Nakhimov and the sunken tanker Tuapse.
The masterpiece was created by the famous Odessa sculptor Oleksandr Tokarev. He managed to convey the whole idea. So here, along with the figures of the wife and child, you can feel the whole range of emotions: from the pleasant excitement that happens in moments of expectation to despair and desperation.
Monument to Halushka, Poltava
This unusual monument is known all over the world. It is considered a symbol of the city and its real mascot. As conceived by artists Mykola Tsys and Anatolii Chernoshchekov, the composition symbolizes the welfare and prosperity of Poltava families.
A huge plate with national food stands on a wide pedestal. There are 12 dumplings in the dish. This is a direct reference to the number of lean dishes that are constantly prepared for the Generous Evening. A huge spoon is placed next to the bowl.
This sculpture was unveiled on the occasion of the birthday of the famous playwright Nikolai Gogol. The event took place on March 31, 2006. Nowadays, a festival dedicated to this dish is held near the tray with dumplings. Here, as it should be, you can taste delicious food, take part in competitions, and simply admire the views from the observation tower. It was built very close by, just a few meters away.
Monument to a Violinist, Kharkiv
A bronze statue of a young man playing the violin stands on the rooftop of an old house. Local residents in Kharkiv believe that those in love will feel the melody in their hearts. According to legend, the figure on the roof represents not just any young man, but a conservatory student who, in a bold declaration of love, climbed to the highest point of the neighborhood, risking his life to play for his beloved.
This tale adds a touch of romance to our lives. In the artist Seifaddin Gurbanov's conception, the monument symbolizes talented young individuals who seem to soar in the sky.
Monument to a Backpacker, Lviv
Installed in 2012 in the courtyard of the Geography Department at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, this unique sculpture serves as a symbol uniting all explorers who have made significant discoveries.
The composition features a backpack alongside hiking boots, a sleeping bag, and a rug, all crafted from iron rather than the traditional stone. According to local university students, rubbing the hiking boots is believed to make your dream trip come true. Additionally, those seeking success in exams are encouraged to try on the backpack before the start of their sessions.
Monument to Lard, Romny, Sumy Region
Our people have a great sense of humor, often finding reasons to smile even in challenging times. Despite being unveiled in 2000, the monument remains relevant today. Atop the pedestal sits a well-fed pig, exuding a sincere smile. Below, the inscription reads: "From sincere Ukrainians."
While some claim the sculpture was installed without a specific reason, an alternative opinion suggests a historical context. In the past, our ancestors in this region faced constant raids from the Mongol-Tatars. The invaders looted everything in sight, except for the pigs. It was these animals that played a crucial role in the survival and continuation of the local lineage.
Interestingly, this is not just a legend; it's backed by confirmed facts. Excavations at the site have unearthed numerous pig bones, supporting the historical significance of the monument.
Monument to pancake, Korosten, Zhytomyr region
In the fall of 2009, this granite masterpiece was unveiled during an international festival. The delectable dish is artfully presented in a small pot, emitting steam and sizzling sounds. The cauldron itself stands on a low pedestal adorned with a Ukrainian towel featuring traditional regional embroidery.
As you can see, Ukraine boasts numerous unusual monuments. We've highlighted only a small selection here. Consider adding these sculptures to your travel planner and visit them whenever you can. We are confident you will be pleasantly surprised by the diverse and creative displays.