A view down Soborna Street in central Sumy, north eastern Ukraine, past the Orthodox Transfiguration Cathedral (Spaso-Preobrjenskii Sobor). It is an elegant pedestrianised street in this city of 260,000 people. The domes of the ecclesiastical buildings associated with the cathedral complement that on the top of its highly ornate tower constructed of three stages of Corinthian columns. Built as a cathedral in 1788 on the site of an earlier church, its appearance in this sketch dates from a major rebuilding between 1882 and 1892. Founded in the 1650's by the Cossacks, the city has held out against attacking Russian troops over the last month. A tactical withdrawal of these was reported last week. It is not currently known what fate has befallen this elegant building and street.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.