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This historical region lies in the lower and middle lands of the Sula, Psel, and Vorskla rivers. In the 19th century, it was one of Ukraine's most economically developed regions and an important centre of public activity, where the descendants of the Kozak nobility lived and trade flourished. The central city of the region is Poltava. It is a land rich in literary traditions, local cuisine, diverse cultures, and ancient crafts. A large pottery centre is located in Opishne. The town of Reshetylivka preserves the tradition of authentic embroidery and carpet weaving. In Poltavshchyna, people create traditional Ukrainian musical instruments and organise the international Kobzar festival.

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