Photographer's Note

This triumphal arch was built in 1820 as memorial of visiting the village of Dikanka by Emperor Alexander I of Russia on August 3 1820, and in commemoration of the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. It is the only monument to this victory in Ukraine and one of three main architectural sights of Dikanka. Beside the arch among these sights there are two old churches, Troitska (1780) and Mikolayivska (1794). The second one is listed among the top-100 cultural sights of Ukraine.

Dykanka itself and its vicinities are the locations of the extremely popular short story collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka written by Mikola Gogol. There are statues of some personages from these stories in the center of Dikanka. The story Viy was screened in 1967 as the first Soviet-era horror film.

GPS coordinates: 49.80359 Lat, 34.55304 Long, 168 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1978 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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