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Interesting facts about Uman

Everyone knows Uman because of its famous Sofia Park which is one of the main attractions of Ukraine. But this is not all that remarkable and interesting small town may surprise you with. Today we want to give you some information about several other interesting facts about Uman, and if you need a car for rent in Odesa, try it here.

  1. There are catacombs in Uman. Moreover, they cover almost the entire central part of the city. The tunnels date back to about the 17th-18th centuries because their walls were fortified with bricks. The width of the catacombs in some places is so significant that there could easily go a carriage with people. Historians continue to study the underground passages because they are still not fully known. Sometimes the next way out of those catacombs appear when part of the street just falls underground.
  2. An entire planet is named after the Sofiyivka Arboretum. In 1984, the small planet that was previously named №2259 got this name.
  3. There used to be a wasteland on the site of Uman, which belonged to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Only in 1616, there began to be built the first fortifications on the border with the Wild Field. The settlement formed there had been the cause of conflicts between the Polish nobility and the Haidamaks for years.
  4. The city was prospered by Francis Potocki, who invited artists, workers, and merchants there. Later on, this process was continued by Stanislav Potocki, who came here in 1785. He also built “Sofiyivka” as a gift to his wife.
  5. In the 19th century, crowds of Hasidim began to come to Uman with an annual pilgrimage. And that happens because on the territory of the local cemetery, according to his will,  was buried Tzaddik Rabbi Nachman, the  great-grandson of the founder of this movement. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, about 30,000 Hasidim from all over the world come here.
  6. Uman is a large educational center. There are so many universities and other educational institutions in the city that about 15% of the population is students. There is the Pedagogical University named after Pavlo Tychyna, University of Horticulture, European University, a branch of the Kyiv Institute of Business and Technology, Pedagogical College named after T. Shevchenko, a branch of the Cherkasy Cooperative College of Economics and Law, Medical and Agrotechnical Colleges. And also music school named after P.D. Demutsky and medical school.
  7. Rains are rare in Uman. That happens due to the specifics of the landscape. Storm clouds often bypass the city.
  8. Ostashivsky pond is an artificial reservoir, despite its large size. The maximum width is 410 m, the length is 2.15 km, and the depth is 3-3.5 m. The area of ​​the water reservoir is 84.9 hectares. It is now unknown exactly when the pond was created, but in 1788 it operated as many as four water mills. One was located on Ostashevskaya Dam, the second on Zarembova, the third one near the current Iskra enterprise, and the fourth one near the current Megommeter plant. Only the first two have survived. Now the pond is used for industrial water supply. And the society of hunters and fishermen is engaged in its maintenance. Several hundred people fish near the pond every day.
  9. In 2017, a beautiful light and music complex of fountains called “Pearl of Love” was opened in Uman. It is located on the same Ostashiv pond.
  10. In Uman, they do not like the number 13. There is no 13 route and school №13. Although the school with such number existed in pre-war times and was located behind the Ostashevsky Bridge. However, it was completely destroyed during the war, then reopened at another address.

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