Monument to M. V. Gogol
Address: crossing of Gogol and Lenin streets.
A well known writer Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was born in Poltava region, in the village Velyki Sorochintsi. He was studying in Poltava in the district school for 3 years. When he lived in Petersburg, he came to his mother and sister in Yanovschina many times. During his summer vocation he described Dikan’ka village, Mirgorod landlords, Dnepr river etc. Thus, such genius creations were appeared: “Evenings in the hamlet near Dikan’ka”, “Taras Bulba”, “The night before Christmas”, “Drowned woman”, “Mirgorod”, “The Inspector General”, “Dead souls” etc.
To the centenary of Gogol's birth there was a decision to erect a monument for voluntary contributions, but fund raising was suspended because of World War I.
The monument’s project was made by sculptor of L. Pozen for free and in 1915 he granted it to the city. But it was erected only in 1934 when 125th birth anniversary of Gogol was celebrated. The height of the monument is 3,5 meters. A bronze sculpture is set on a high pedestal. There is a pencil in his right hand, a notebook in his left one, and a cloak is on his shoulder. The monument is located not far from the theater named by Nikolai Gogol.
The writer carried great love to his native land for the rest of his life. And the great humorist is still laughing, guess why? Because his birthday is exactly on the 1st of April – the day when everybody is laughing.