The idea to erect a monument to Mazepa in Poltava has been tried since the mid-2000s.
President Viktor Yushchenko considered it his duty to help erect monuments to Mazepa. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava, he issued a decree according to which Ukraine had to honor the Ukrainian-Swedish union with dignity.
The authors of the monument are sculptors Mykola Bilyk and local architect Viktor Shevchenko.
The monument weighs 2.5 tons, 3.20 m high. It was cast on donations from philanthropists. The total height of the monument with a pedestal reaches 7 meters, and at night the sculpture is illuminated.
The monument was officially opened on May 7, 2016. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch of Kyiv Filaret took part in the celebrations, which were attended by about 2,500 people.
The Poltava monument to Ivan Mazepa became the first to grow in full not only in Ukraine but also in the world - before that all monuments to Mazepa were erected in the form of busts.