This monument to a traditional Ukrainian food – Galushka [kind of dumplings that Poltava is especially famous for] – must be one of the most controversial in the city.
It was officially opened on April 1 (2006), known as April Fool Day, and has initially been established on Soborna (Cathedral) Square, close to the recently restored Assumption Cathedral. Its opening has immediately raised wave of protests by the locals and especially clergymen, who have noted that this very place once was a burial ground for about 200 members of the clergy.
As a result, in 2007 the monument has been relocated by 200m away from the Cathedral to Ivanova Gora (Ivan Mountain), and established by the restaurant of the same name, where it presently stands. Much more logical, in my view.
According to its authors, this monument, representing a large plate with 12 Galushkas inside and a spoon in front of it, is meant to symbolise family prosperity; something that I personally failed to feel looking at it. Its aesthetical value is somewhat questionable for my taste, and its gigantic size only enhances the coarseness of the monument’s design. On the other hand, who would expect sophistication from Galushka? This food is simple and rich; and you’ll find the best Galushkas in Poltava, if anywhere in Ukraine.
Poltavska Galushka is one of the most photographed monuments, and you will probably see queues of those willing to get inside the plate to have their picture taken there.
Although in my opinion this monument would have hardly been worth specifically going for, it’s impossible to miss it when in Poltava. You will anyway bump into it on your way from the Assumption Cathedral to the White Arbor (Pavilion) on the edge of Ivanova Gora, which is one of the most popular panoramic spots in Poltava, where everyone eventually comes to.
Take a look, but don’t be discouraged to still try Galushka’s in any decent Ukrainian restaurant of Poltava.