Top left:Poltava City Hall in Kruhla Square, Top right:Poltava Uspenskiy Cathedral, 2nd left:Galushka Monument in Soborny Square, 2nd right:White Rotunda in Sobornaya Square, 3rd left:Glory Park and Memorial of Sodier of Glory, 3rd right:A shopping center in downtown Poltava, Bottom left:Gogal Theater, Bottom right:Butovsky Vorskla Stadium
|Named for||Ltava River|
|• Mayor||Oleksandr Mamay|
|• Total||103 km2 (40 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,995/km2 (7,760/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Licence plate||CK, BI|
|Sister cities||Filderstadt, Ostfildern, Veliko Tarnovo, Lublin, Nice|
|1 The previously believed foundation date was 1174.|
Poltava (Ukrainian and Russian: Полта́ва, Ukrainian pronunciation: [polˈtɑwɑ]) is a city located on the Vorskla River in central Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Poltava Oblast (province), as well as the surrounding Poltava Raion (district) of the oblast. Poltava's estimated population is 296,760 (as of 2013).
It is still unknown when Poltava was founded, although the town was not attested before 1174. However, for reasons unknown, municipal authorities chose to celebrate the city's 1100th anniversary in 1999. The settlement is indeed an old one, as archeologists unearthed a Paleolithic dwelling as well as Scythian remains within the city limits.
The present name of the city is traditionally connected to the settlement Ltava which is mentioned in the Hypatian Chronicle in 1174. The region belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 14th century. The Polish administration took over in 1569. In 1648, Poltava was captured by the Ruthenian-Polish magnate Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (1612–51). Poltava was the base of a distinguished regiment of the Ukrainian Cossacks, and served as a Cossack stronghold during the Khmelnytsky Uprising. After the pro-Polish hetman Ivan Vyhovsky came to power and a civil war broke out, in 1658 Poltava, under polkovnyk Martyn Pushkar, was the leading town of the rebels. However, it was ultimately burned down and pillaged by Vyhovsky's troops, while many of its women and children were enslaved by the Crimean Tatars. In 1667 the city passed to the Russian Empire.
In the Battle of Poltava on 27 June 1709 (Old Style), or 8 July (New Style), Tsar Peter I, commanding 34,000 troops, defeated a Swedish army of 17,000 troops led by Field Marshal Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld (who had received the command of the army after the wounding of the Swedish king Carl XII on 17 June). The battle marked the end of the Swedish Empire and the rise of the Russian Empire.
In 1775, Poltava's Monastery of the Exaltation of the Cross (Russian: Крестовоздвиженский монастырь, Krestovozdvizhensky Monastyr) became the seat of bishops of the newly created Eparchy (Diocese) of Slaviansk and Kherson. This large new diocese included the lands of the Novorossiya Governorate and Azov Governorate north of the Black Sea. Since much of that area had been only recently conquered by Russia from the Ottoman Empire, and a large number of Orthodox Greek settlers had been invited to settle in the region, the Imperial Government selected a renowned Greek scholar, Eugenios Voulgaris to preside over the new diocese. After his retirement in 1779, he was replaced by another Greek theologian, Nikephoros Theotokis. 
In World War II, the Wehrmacht occupied Poltava from late October 1941 until 23 September 1943, when it was retaken during the Lower Dnieper Offensive. By the summer of 1944 the USAAF conducted a number of shuttle bombing raids against the Third Reich under the name of Operation Frantic. Poltava Air Base, as well as Mirgorod Airport, were used as eastern locations for landing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers involved in those operations.
|Climate data for Poltava|
|Record high °C (°F)||11.0
|Average high °C (°F)||−3.1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−5.5
|Average low °C (°F)||−8.3
|Record low °C (°F)||−32.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||40.7
|Average precipitation days||19.2||15.7||15.7||9.0||9.6||9.2||6.9||4.7||9.3||10.8||14.4||17.9||142.4|
|Average relative humidity (%)||86.7||83.6||76.8||61.4||61.0||65.8||66.7||60.3||70.5||78.3||86.5||87.9||73.8|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||68.2||76.3||133.3||183.0||266.6||294.0||300.7||285.2||216.0||142.6||60.0||43.4||2,069.3|
|Source #1: Climatebase.ru|
|Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (sun data).|
Government and subdivisions
Poltava is the administrative center of the Poltava Oblast (province) as well as of the Poltava Raion housed within the city. However, Poltava is a city of oblast subordinance, thus being subject directly to the oblast authorities rather to the raion administration housed in the city itself.
Poltava's government consists of the 50-member Poltava City Council (Ukrainian: Полтавська Міська рада) which is headed by the Secretary (currently Oleksandr Kozub). The city's current mayor is Oleksandr Mamay, who was sworn in on 4 November 2010 after being elected with more than 61 percent of the vote.
- Oktiabrskyi Raion, to the south-west with an area of 2077 hectares and a population of 147,600 in 2005. It's a largely residential area and includes the city centre.
- Kyivskyi Raion, is the largest by area, comprising 5437 hectares, or 52.8% of the city total situated in the north and north-west. Its census in 2005 was 111,900. This district has a large industrial zone.
- Leninskyi Raion, to the east and south-east, in the valley of the Vorskla river, with an area of 2988 hectares and a population of 53,700 in 2005.
Poltava's transportation infrastructure consists of two major train stations with railway links to Kiev, Kharkiv, and Kremenchuk. Poltava's Kiev line is electrified and is used by the Poltava Express. The electrification of the Poltava-Kharkiv line was completed in August 2008.
The Avtovokzal serves as the city's intercity bus station. Buses for local municipal routes depart from "AC-2" (autostation No. 2 – along Shevchenko street) and "AC-3" (Zinkivska street). Local municipal routes are parked along the Taras Shevchenko Street. Marshrutka minibuses serve areas where regular bus access is unavailable; however, they are privately owned and cost more per ride. In addition, a 15-route trolleybus network of 72.6 kilometres (45.1 mi) runs throughout the city.
Poltava is also served by a domestic airport, situated outside the city limits near the village of Ivashky. The international highway M03, linking Poltava with Kiev and Kharkiv, passes through the southern outskirts of the city. There is also a regional highway P-17 crossing Poltava and linking it with Kremenchuk and Sumy.
Poltava has always been one of the most important science and education centres in Ukraine. Major universities and institutions of higher education include the following:
- Poltava National Pedagogical University named after V. G. Korolenko
- Poltava National Technical Yuri Kondratyuk University
- Poltava Agrarian State Academy
- Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy as Poltava Medical And Dental University (UMSA) www.umsa-poltava.com.ua
- Poltava University of Economy and Trade
- Poltava Military Institute of Connections
- Poltavian Faculty of National Juridical Academy of Ukraine
- Poltava gravimetric observatory (PGO) is situated a bit north from city centre (27–29 Miasoyedov St.). Its main work directions are measurements of Earth rotation, latitude variations (applying zenith stars observations, lunar occultation observations and other)
- Observational station of PGO in rural area, some 20 km east along the M03-E40 highway. Radiotelescope URAN-2 (Ukrainian: УРАН-2) is situated there too.
The centre of the old city is a semicircular Neoclassical square with the Tuscan column of cast iron (1805–11), commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Poltava and featuring 18 Swedish cannons captured in that battle. As Peter the Great celebrated his victory in the Saviour church, this 17th-century wooden shrine was carefully preserved to this day. The five-domed city cathedral, dedicated to the Exaltation of the Cross, is a superb monument of Cossack Baroque, built between 1699 and 1709. As a whole, the cathedral presents a unity which even the Neoclassical belltower has failed to mar. Another frothy Baroque church, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos, was destroyed in 1934 and rebuilt in the 1990s.
The most popular sport is football(soccer). Two professional football(soccer) teams are based in the city: Vorskla Poltava in the Ukrainian Premier League and FC Poltava in the Second League. There are 3 stadiums in Poltava: Butovsky Vorskla Stadium (main city stadium), Dynamo Stadium are situated in the city centre and Lokomotiv Stadium which is situated in Podil district.
Famous people from Poltava and its region
- Olena Pchilka - Pen name for Olha Petrivna Kosach, mother of Lesya Ukrainka, famous writer, sister of Mykhailo Drahomanov
- Marie Bashkirtseff – 19th-century Parisian painter, memoirist
- Yitzhak Ben-Zvi – a historian, Labor Zionist leader, and the second and longest serving Israeli president
- Hanka Bielicka – Polish actress
- Andriy Danylko – Ukrainian singer
- Nikolai Gogol – writer and playwrighter
- Alexander Gurwitsch – Russian physician and biologist
- Ivan Kotlyarevsky – Ukrainian writer, poet and playwright
- Anatoliy Vasilievich Lunacharsky – Russian Marxist revolutionary and the first Soviet People's Commissar of Enlightenment responsible for culture and education
- Ivan Paskevich – Ukrainian military leader in the Russian service
- David Peikoff – Canadian-U.S. Deaf Rights advocate, born on 21 March 1900, in Yanoschina, Poltava Province, Russian Empire.
- Oleksandr Bilash – outstanding Ukrainian composer
- Zhanna Prokhorenko – Ukrainian actress
- Sasha Putrya – Ukrainian artist
- Avraham Shlonsky – Israeli poet and editor
- Maria Tarnowska (born Maria Nikolaevna O'Rourke) – famous femme fatale, whose trial for murder (Venice, 1910) attracted worldwide media attention.
- Vera Kholodnaya – an outstanding Ukrainian actress, the first star of Russian silent cinema
- Yuri Kondratyuk (born Olexandr Gnatovich Shargei) – a pioneer of astronautics and spaceflight who, in the early 20th century, foresaw ways of reaching the moon.
- Panas Myrny (born Panas Yakovych Rudchenko) – Ukrainian writer (Panas Myrny's Memorial estate)
- Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky – Ukrainian mathematician, mechanician and physicist.
- Hryhorii Skovoroda – Ukrainian poet, philosopher and composer.
- Symon Petliura – Ukrainian politician and statesman, a leader of Ukraine's fight for independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917.
- Paisius Velichkovsky - Eastern Orthodox monk and theologian noted for promoting staretsdom.
- Nikolai Yaroshenko – Russian painter of Ukrainian origin.
- Svetlana Kopchikova – Ukrainian swimmer and 200 m medley champion at the 1985 Summer Universiade.
- Mikhail Zoshchenko – Soviet satirist.
- Andriy Zamystskyy - Ukrainian Driver specialising in alpine routes
- Mykola Lysenko - Composer & founder of first Ukrainian classical music school.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Poltava is twinned with:
- Koszalin, Poland (1958)
- Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (1963)
- Filderstadt, Germany
- Ostfildern, Germany
- Lublin, Poland
- Nice, France
- Krasnodar, Russia
- Baranovichi, Belarus
- Khimki, Russia
Obelisk at the Ivan Kotlyarevsky's burial
Moorish-styled mansion of Bakhmatsky
Mass burial of 1345 Russian soldiers (perished at the Battle of Poltava)
State security office
- Евгений Булгарис (Eugenios Voulgaris's biography) (Russian)
- Никифор Феотоки (Nikephoros Theotoki's biography) (Russian)
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- "Oleksandr Mamay won at the elections for the mayor of Poltava" (in Ukrainian). Dzerkalo Tyzhnya. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- "Poltavska Oblast, city of Poltava (raion councils of the cities)" (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
- "Official resource." (in Ukrainian). Oktiabrskyi Raion Council of Poltava. 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "Information of the Oktiabrskyi Raion of Poltava" (in Ukrainian). Poltava City Council. 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "Information of the Kyivskyi Raion of Poltava" (in Ukrainian). Poltava City Council. 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "Information of the Leninskyi Raion of Poltava" (in Ukrainian). Poltava City Council. 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "Poltava-Kharkiv rail line" (in Russian). Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- Poltava – Plan. Kiev Army-Cartographic Fabric.
- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (5th ed.). New York: Springer Verlag. p. 246. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Poltava.|
- "Official website" (in Ukrainian). Poltava City Council.
- "News" (in Ukrainian). Poltava Oblast State Administration.
- "Poltava Istoricheskaya5" (in Russian). poltavahistory.org.ua.
- "Main" (in Russian). Transport of Poltava (unofficial project).
- "Photos of Poltava" (in Russian).
- The murder of the Jews of Poltava during World War II, at Yad Vashem website.