Image - The facade of the Galagan palace in Sokyryntsi. Image - A pond in the Sokyryntsi park. Image - The facade of the Galagan palace in Sokyryntsi.

Sokyryntsi [Sokyrynci]. A village (2001 pop 1,386) in Sribne raion, Chernihiv oblast. It is first mentioned in the chronicles under the year 1092. As the estate of the Galagan family the locality was developed into a cultural center. A dendrological park was set up in 1763 and redesigned as a landscape park in 1825–35, a vertep puppet theater was established in 1781, and a palace was built by the architect P. Dubrovsky in 1829. The kobzar Ostap Veresai lived in Sokyryntsi in the 19th century. One of the first co-operatives in Ukraine, an agricultural credit union, was organized in Sokyryntsi by Hryhorii Galagan in 1871. Today the Galagan palace and park are used by an agricultural tekhnikum.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

Image - The Galagan palace in the park in Sokyryntsi. Image - Sokyryntsi park: alley from the main gate. Image - A gothic bridge in the Sokyryntsi park. Image - Sokyryntsi park: the main gate. Image - A rotunda in the Sokyryntsi park.

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