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Zaporizhzhya Regional State Administration,
Department of Culture, Tourism, Nationalities and Religions
Zaporozhye Regional Tourist Information Centre

Zaporozhian oak

Zaporizhia oak for centuries was a place of pilgrimage for millions of people. The exact age of his day no one knows. Simsotrichnyy it is called, at least the last hundred years. Scientists suggest that his real age than nine centuries. The earliest, most reliable information about the religious worship of the sacred oak contained in the tenth century chronicler AD Constantine Porphyrogenitus. Modern archaeological studies confirm the facts set forth in ancient manuscripts. Area thresholds, the Lower Dnieper, Azov-Lukomorye been the cradle of the formation of a huge number of ethnic groups and cultures, creating a center of Indo-European community. Arameytsy, Iranians tyurktsy, protobolhary, Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Khazars, Kuman - this is not a complete list of peoples who settled around miracle tree. According to ancient writings, World Tree is the center of the world or World Axis. There are many legends that indicate that the gods sent us a blessing from heaven to win, presented by local land plenty of moisture, generous yields.

By the way, the Cossacks of his legendary Letter to Turkish Sultan wrote under the same oak. During its "heyday" diameter green crown Zaporozhye oak was 63 feet, circumference barrel - 6 meters 32 centimeters, the height of the tree - 36 meters. They say that Hitler wanted to take him to Germany as a symbol of his power. Zaporizhia oak has always been one of the main attractions of the Cossacks.

Given the importance of 700-year-old Cossack oak as natural monuments in the context of historical and cultural development of Ukraine initiated by regional state administration 24 August 2001, the 10th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine, opened the historical and cultural center "700-year-old Zaporozhian oak. "

Construction was carried out at the initiative of Foundation for the promotion of spirituality and culture "Zaporizhzhya sanctuary" (Chairman S. Malt, chairman of the supervisory board AK Vorobiev) due to no budget. Sponsors - People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of State Prize . Shevchenko AV Gaidamak.

Design and estimates for the construction of the ensemble-complex, which developed the institute "Zaporizhtsyvilproekt."

Assistance in the project provided approximately 22 businesses and organizations of Zaporizhzhya region.

Now the territory of historical and cultural complex is under the tutelage Vseukrayinskoyi Federation of Cossack martial arts "SPAS", founder and president of which is Prytula L. Alexander.

In the objects of historical and cultural center "700-year-old oak Zaporozhian" function:

- Muzeyefikovanyy Zaporozhian oak;

- Chapel in honor of the Virgin of Mercy;

- Theatre Cossack battle "Zaporozhskyy Savior";

- Dyyachi game play;

- Horseback riding, and riding lessons;

- Cafe tavern "At Oak";

- Souvenir shop, etc.;

There center provided grounds for performances of professional theatrical productions Cossack. Historical and Cultural Complex "700-year old Zaporozhian Oak" is already included in many tourist routes and has great prospects. On campus there are theater performances Cossack battle "Zaporozhian Saviour."

Address: Zaporozhye, Upper Khortytsya House Cossack battle "Zaporozhian Savior"