Petrykivka

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Folk art museum in Petrykivka

Petrykivka (Ukrainian: Петриківка) is an urban-type settlement in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast (province) in east-central Ukraine. It serves as the administrative center of Petrykivka Raion. Population: 4,741 (2013 est.)[1]. It is famous as a folk art centre and for its unique style of decorative painting.

Petro Kalnyshevskyi monument in Petrykivka

According to a legend, the settlement was founded by the Cossack Petryk, who gathered under his protection the serfs from the local villages.

Petrykivka was first mentioned in historical documents in 1772, when the residents of neighbouring Kurylivka village asked Kosh Otaman Petro Kalnyshevsky to move their Orthodox Chapel to a safer place because of flooding. According to that request, the wooden church was moved to Petrykivka.

During World War II the town was conquered by Italian troops.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Чисельність наявного населення України [Actual population of Ukraine] (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

Coordinates: 48°43′N 34°38′E / 48.717°N 34.633°E / 48.717; 34.633