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Molodizhny Park(The Youth Park)

The Youth Park was laid in the late 1970s at the northern border of the ‘Guigant’ (Giant) Students’ Village between Pushkinska and Artema Streets on the site of a former cemetery. The tombs of many famous Kharkovites were then reburied at Cemetry No. 13 (108, Pushkinska St.), though some of them (those being of historic and cultural importance) have been preserved, including the tomb of general-colonel H. Zashikhin, prominent master of theatre of the 19th century M. Kropyvnytsky, Academician of pictorial art S. Vasylkivsky, prominent Ukrainian writer P. Gulak-Artemovsky. Recently, a kind of necro-polis has been formed in the park with the symbolic tombs of the men of culture of the early 20th century — V. Ellan-Blakytny and M. Khvylovy, honourary monument to the Ukrainian Insurrectionary Movement, monument to the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe, the cross to commemorate the victims of Famine of the 1930s in Ukraine.

A monument of architecture — the Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist — has also been preserved on the site of the park. It was built in 1857 according to the design by A. Ton and A. Podiakov and entirely funded by donations. The church boasts a unique glass painting iconostasis made in Germany in 1906 and ordered by I. Jozefowicz, the editor of the Yuzhny Kray newspaper.