We live in Kiev, only 300 kilometres from Uman and can easily get to Sofievka park by car, bus or train… As we heard a lot of exalted stories about Uman park, we decided to go there by car early in the morning and see the park ourselves. Uman is located on Kiev-Odessa road, which is a good quality for Ukraine. The way to Uman took us about 3,5 hours and then we parked near Sofievka park, bought tickets and passed the entrance which led to the rose-garden. I was astonished by beautiful blossoming roses of many kinds and their bright colors. It was still morning, there were not many people in the park and we could walk among the roses almost alone, smell them and enjoy their beauty. The photographer would spend there much time taking pictures!
I knew only that Uman park was built by Count Stanislav Pototskiy as a romantic 우머나이저 gift for his wife Sofia and bears her name. Then I also learned that Sofia told her future husband about some beautiful park she saw and thus inspired him to make a miracle for her. She was Greek by origin and an outstanding beauty, when she went to the Emperor’s court, people climbed on chairs just to see her. Sofia somehow managed to have friendly relations with kings, earls and emperors of powerful states. After marriage with Stanislav Pototskiy they lived in Uman since 1798.
Soon Stanislav decided to make a fairy tale Sofievka park in Uman to please his young wife. The parks trees, large stones, fantastic grottoes, waterfalls, lakes, antique statues and picturesque cliffs were designed as a romantic gift of love. A lot of trees were brought from exotic countries, the park was decorated by amazing statues, vases, obelisks. A real miraculous park appeared only in a few years. When Sofia’s birthday came, her husband made enchanting celebrations with fireworks and presented her the park. Sofia was greatly delighted with the gift.