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Monuments of Tovste

  Bohdan Khmelnytsky (c. 1595-1657)

Leader, from 1648-1657, of the Zaporozhian Cossacks who organized an uprising against Polish rule in Ukraine, which led ultimately to the transfer of the Ukrainian lands east of the Dnieper River from Polish to Russian control. His imposing statue overlooks a small park on Hrushevskoho Str.    more »  
Statue of Bohdan Khmelnytsky
     
  Turkish Pasha (ca. 1673)

One of the more obscure monuments in Tovste commemorates the death of a Turkish Pasha, who is thought to have died in battle around 1673. The small stone monument is said to refer to a chieftain killed during an uprising that started near Jagielnica (about 10 km away) and moved to Tluste.    more »  
Turkish Pasha monument
     
  King Jan Sobieski (1629-1696)

A 6-8 m tall obelisk honouring the former Polish King Jan Sobieski ranks second only to Lenin’s statue as one of Tovste’s famous ‘invisible monuments’. It was erected in 1933 in honour of the 250th anniversary of Sobieski’s brilliant military victory over the Turks at the Kahlenberg, near Vienna, on 12 September 1683.    more »  
Former monument to King Jan Sobieski
     
  Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861)

Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko was the foremost Ukrainian poet of the 19th century and a major figure of the Ukrainian national revival. As in so many towns and cities of Ukraine, his statue dominates a small park in Tovste, on Ukrainska Str., near the Greek Catholic church.     more »  
Statue of Taras Shevchenko
     
  Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924)

Founder of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks), inspirer and leader of the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), and the architect, builder and first head (1917–24) of the Soviet state. Arguably the century's most significant political leader, his statue adorned countless cities and towns of the former Soviet Union.    more »  
Dismantling of Lenin bust
     
  Holocaust monument

A memorial to the countless victims of atrocities perpetrated against Jews in Tluste and other towns from 1942-1943 is found in the Jewish cemetery, on the road leading out of town towards Lisivtsi. It bears an inscription “in memory of the martyrs of Tluste and surroundings who were annihilated by the Nazis in the years 1942-1943”.     more »  
Monument to Holocaust victims
     
  Monument to Ukrainian nationalists

During and after the Second World War, Tovste was a hotbed of Ukrainian nationalist resistance, with a well-organised and disciplined youth cell of the Ukrainian Nationalists Organisation (UNO). A monument to five nationalists who died for their cause was erected on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery, on the outskirts of town.    more »  
Monument to Ukrainian nationalists
     
 

Monument to Second World War Victims

A monument to Russian officers and citizens of Tovste who died in the Second World War is situated in a green area north of the Greek Catholic church, more or less opposite Tovste’s main bus stop. The remains of soldiers found in the fields were also brought there from the villages for burial.    more »  

Monument to Second World War Victims
     
  Independence monument (Grave of the Virgin Mary)

Located on Ukrainska Str. not far from the museum, and recognizable by its pyramid shape, the so-called Grave of the Virgin Mary bears the names of soldiers from Tovste who died in battle in the Second World War. Also known as the Independence Monument, there are occasional public gatherings at the site on Holy Days.    more »  
Independence monument