The Maidan Square in front of the military Cathedral of Resurrection is a truly historic area. Maidan remembers steps of Peter the Great, who visited Cherkassk four times between 1695 and 1709. In Maidan, chieftains (atamans) Kondratiy Bulavin and Matvei Platov swore in. Here Stepan Razin raised the people in protest against the tsar power. In this square the local protesters took decisions in the supreme Cossack meetings.
As you feel spirit of that time, pay attention to the legendary trophy of the Azov siege. Here you can see the artillery captured from the Turks in 1637-1641, as well the iron gates from the Azov citadel, which used by be a Turkish fortress then.