Myrhorod (Ukrainian: Ми́ргород, pronounced [ˈmɪrɦorod]) is a city in the Poltava Oblast (province) of central Ukraine. Serving as the administrative center of the Myrhorod Raion (district), the city itself is administratively incorporated as a city of oblast significance and does not belong to the raion. It is located on the Khorol River. Population: 38,447 (2021 est.)[1]

Top:A mineral fountain in Vodohraji Zentralnyi Square. Myrhorod Assumption Cathedral, Middle:Myrhorodkurort Resort Spa, Bottom:Myrhorod City hall, Nikolai Gogol Monument in Glory Park (all item from left to right)
Top:A mineral fountain in Vodohraji Zentralnyi Square. Myrhorod Assumption Cathedral, Middle:Myrhorodkurort Resort Spa, Bottom:Myrhorod City hall, Nikolai Gogol Monument in Glory Park (all item from left to right)
Flag of Myrhorod
Coat of arms of Myrhorod
Myrhorod is located in Poltava Oblast
Myrhorod is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 49°58′N 33°36′E / 49.967°N 33.600°E / 49.967; 33.600Coordinates: 49°58′N 33°36′E / 49.967°N 33.600°E / 49.967; 33.600
Country Ukraine
Oblast Poltava Oblast
RaionMyrhorod Raion
 • Total20 km2 (8 sq mi)
105 m (344 ft)
 • Total38 447
Hotel Myrhorod


The town was founded either in the 12th or 13th century as an eastern border fort of Kyivan Rus'. According to legend, the fort was a place of peace negotiations that gave it its name (literally the City of Peace).[citation needed]

From 1471 to 1667 the town was part of the Kyiv Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland.

Myrhorod was first mentioned in chronicles in 1575 when Stephen Báthory made it a regiment city. According to some[who?] historians, there was an earlier mentioning of the city in 1530, when the city coat of arms were established - yellow cross over an eight-pointed star, which signifies the victory of Christianity over Islam.[citation needed] Myrhorod was a royal city of Poland.

Myrhorod was the regimental base of the Myrhorod Cossacks who were very active in several Ukrainian Cossack uprisings, particularly during the peasants'-and-cossacks' revolt of 1638 under the leadership of Hetman Yakov Ostrianytsia against the Polish nobility (szlachta). The Myrhorod Cossack regiment was among the best units in the army of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky during the Khmelnytsky Uprising (1648–1654).

After the Treaty of Pereyaslav, the city became an uezd city, the centre for the Myrhorod regiment. The famous Sorochyntsy Fair is located 25 km from Myrhorod.

Since 1912, Myrhorod is known for its underground mineral waters.[2]

A local newspaper is published here since February 1919.[3]

Since 1920 Myrhorod is also known as a resort town.[4]

In 1999, an English [Language] Resource Center was established at Myrhorod School No. 9, one of four such centres opened in Ukraine with the continuous help from Siena College since 1995. Other contributors to this project were Americans for Democracy in Ukraine (ADU), Canadian Credit Bank, and Narodna Kasa from Montreal, Canada. In 1995 a group of Myrhorod teachers, former participants at the seminars conducted by methodologists from Siena College Teacher Training Institute, organized Poltava Oblast's English Teachers' Association. The Myrhorod English Resource Center is supervised by the local Teachers' Association.[citation needed]

Tourist attractionsEdit

Berezovyi Hai park in Myrhorod

"Myrhorodska" water is described as "slightly mineralised natrium chloride water". It is completely clear and tastes a little odd, part of the taste being attributable to what is, in effect, table salt. Many other dissolved minerals also contribute to the taste and, of course, it is the precise balance of these that is thought to produce the claimed health benefits. For its unique health curative effects, "Myrhorodska" water is recommended by doctors for people suffering from gastritis, colitis and other disorders of the digestive system, particularly those with a lower level of stomach acidity than is considered average.[citation needed] It is also widely drunk as table water because it quenches thirst effectively and produces general effects considered to be beneficial to health.

There are several health resorts in the town (at least four). The most extensive and by far the best equipped of these is 'Myrhorod Kurort' (Ukrainian: Миргород Курорт). This particular spa consists of four individual sanatoria, each one specialising in one or more distinct areas - diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ENT, gastrointestinal problems, etc. and are open for medical treatments six days a week (Sundays excluded). An integral part of any treatment is one of nine diet regimes, although these are recommended and not enforced.

The whole complex is located right in the middle of the city and is spaced out in a large expanse of sandy woodland with the Khorol River providing several areas suitable for bathing. It has a musical fountain, (opened in 2010), and, at night, a large illuminated windmill, (opened in 2011), standing close to the main administrative building. Other features include pedaloes, boats, several restaurants and cafés, dancing, live music, rides through the woods in a horse-drawn carriage, a theatre, organised excursions and a large 'water feature' with geese, ducks (including a couple of Mandarins), a large family of terrapins and some beautiful black swans. Elsewhere in the complex is an enclosure with peacocks and hens, including some rather exotic white ones.

There is another sanatorium, 'The Rainbow', (Ukrainian: Санаторій «Радужний»), within the same grounds as Myrhorod Kurort but with different owners. This is, in the main, frequented by wealthy Ukrainians and Russians who prefer what they regard as the 'added security' of a sanatorium that advertises itself as 'élite'. The other two resorts are much further out of town, not so well maintained and equipped and are both rather 'tired' in appearance, both from the inside and out. One of them, the 'Hohol', (Russian/Ukrainian: Гогол) is owned by a Trades Union and seems to derive most of its clientele from its members.

Generally, English is not widely spoken in any of the spas, only Ukrainian and Russian, although Mirgorod Kurort has occasional visitors from the UK, Germany, France, Dubai, the U.S. and Canada in particular and despite very few foreign visitors speaking more than a couple of words of the local languages, they do seem to be able to get by with some pointing, prodding and smiling.

Notable residentsEdit


Partner townsEdit

Since 1991, Myrhorod administration signed international agreements of mutual cooperation in the spheres of economics, commerce, and culture with three foreign partner towns:


The city is served by the Myrhorod Air Base (IATA: MXR), located at approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) in the south of the center.


  1. ^ a b Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2021 / Number of Present Population of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2021 (PDF) (in Ukrainian and English). Kyiv: State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
  2. ^ Миргород // Большая Российская Энциклопедия / редколл., гл. ред. Ю. С. Осипов. том 20. М., научное издательство "Большая Российская Энциклопедия", 2012. стр.429-430
  3. ^ № 2344. «Вестник Миргородского уездного Совета раб[очих], кресть[янских] и воен[ных] деп[утатов]» // Газеты СССР 1917—1960. Библиографический справочник. том 2. М., «Книга», 1976. стр.107
  4. ^ Миргород // Большая Советская Энциклопедия. / редколл., гл. ред. О. Ю. Шмидт. 1-е изд. Т.39. М., ОГИЗ, «Советская Энциклопедия», 1938. ст.487

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