Pirogov Chapel information
The second-most famous embalmed corpse in the former Soviet Union (after Lenin in Moscow) rests in the basement of a chapel in the suburb of Pyrohove about 6.5km southwest of central Vinnytsya. Nikolai Pirogov was a Russian medical pioneer who invented a type of cast as well as a revolutionary anaesthesia technique. His wife had him embalmed when he died in Vinnytsya in 1881 and chose the chapel as his final resting place. The body is said to be much better preserved than Lenin's younger corpse. Without question one of Ukraine's oddest sites. Take bus 13 or marshrutka 70 or 48.