St Nicholas Cathedral

With five gold domes, this is a 1999 reconstruction of the original 19th-century orthodox cathedral destroyed during Soviet times in 1936. The interior decoration is dazzling.

In the graveyard outside is the tomb for the famous 19th century painter Nikolai Yaroshenko.

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