1. The battle museum!

Just outside the city of Poltava is lokated a small but very good museum. Telling the history of the battle between the Swedish troops commanded by king Karl XII and Russian troops led by Peter I ("the great"). There are several monuments spread out in the landscape, giving a picture of the size of the battle. The battle that ended the Swedish empire and domination around the Baltic sea.

2. Gogol Theatre


The best place to enjoy Ukrainian culture. You can see there plays of ukrainian authors or smth modern.

3. Zhovtneva Street


Zhovtneva Street is the heart of the city of Poltava. There are numerous restaurants, shops and attractions along it. Start at the center of town, a circular park surrounded by white buildings modeled after St. Petersburg. In the center of the park is a tall monument dedicated to the 1709 Battle of Poltava. From there take the underground passage. Immediately after coming back above ground go left one blocks for the Poltava Art museum. On the right will be Hudozhney Salon a place to by traditional Ukrainian crafts. On the right will be Gogol Theater, which holds classical concerts and plays at low prices. On the corner next to Gogol is the Dominic Candy store. The street passes through two block parks, on the right holds there is a statue of Ukraine's beloved poet Taras Shevchenko; Across the street from is the Poltava local history museum which covers local art, peasant life, the battle of Poltava and natural history--the feature piece being a mastodon skeleton. Continuing down Zhovtneva you'll pass Spaska church on the left side of the street , which was built in 1705-06. On the right is Arabeska restaurant. When dinning there request the table surrounded by live animals. The street dead ends at Uspenska Church. The bell tower is from the Seventeenth century but the actual church is new. Behind the church is a peculiar monument to halushky, a local dish consisting of boiled pieces of dough. Next to the halushky monument is the home turned museum of Ukrainian writer Kotlyarevsky. Across the street se is, Ivana Hora which locals will tell you is the most expensive restaurant in town but is actually relatively affordable. The street finally dead ends at eight white columns in a horse shoe shape known as the Friendship Rotunda. This point is an overlook where you can see the lower section of Poltava which is best seen at night.