Kachanivka

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Coordinates: 50°50′12″N 32°39′20″E / 50.83667°N 32.65556°E / 50.83667; 32.65556

Kachanivka Palace

Kachanivka (Ukrainian: Качанівка; Kachanivka) is a rural community of Petrushivka village located in Ichnya Raion, Chernihiv Oblast. It is known for its palace of Pyotr Rumyantsev, the Catherine II's viceroy of Little Russia. The former Rummyantsev estate stands on the bank of the Smosh River in Chernihiv Oblast of Ukraine. Other Rumyantsev estates in the region are better known as the Gomel Residence.

The Neoclassical residence was erected in the 1770s to designs by Karl Blank. The church, orangery, aviary, water tower and several other buildings date from the 19th century.[1] After Nikolay Rumyantsev's death, the property passed to the Tarnovsky family. Vasily Tarnovsky was interested in the history of Ukraine and amassed a collection of weapons that had been owned by the hetmans of Ukraine. Among the 19th-century visitors to Kachanovka were Nikolai Gogol, Taras Shevchenko, Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, and Mikhail Glinka (who worked on his opera A Life for the Tsar in the summerhouse).[1]

Although the Soviets nationalized the palace for use as a penal colony and tuberculosis hospital, the manor, including the extensive English park and several subsidiary outbuildings, is exceptionally well preserved[1] and has been designated a national cultural preserve since 1982.

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