Welcome to Chernihiv
Chernihiv is one of the oldest European cities. The first written mention about it dates back to 907, but according to the researchers’ estimates it was founded even earlier, in the 7th century. The guests of the city have a nice opportunity of touching the past, which is harmonically interwoven with the present.
In the period of the Kyiv Rus Chernihiv was an active rival of the present capital, Kyiv, in the struggle for domination. The Chernihiv Principality of the 11th-12th centuries was one of the largest and most powerful states of the medieval Europe. The living witnesses of those days and other periods are numerous monuments of history and architecture (32 objects of national and 39 of local importance).
Val (Rampart) of Chernihiv (Dytynets)
The most ancient part of the city, the territory of the former Prince’s palace and fortress. The original historical and cultural heart of Chernihiv.
A unique pre-Mongol building, one of the few in Eastern Europe that have been preserved in such good condition. The cathedral was founded in the 11th century.
Boris and Hleb Cathedral
The cathedral was built in the 12th century on the foundation of the 11th century and belongs to the oldest cathedrals in Ukraine and Europe.
St. Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Church (Pyatnitska Church)
A unique piece of the Kyiv Rus architecture dating back to the end of the 12th – beginning of the 13th century. An original monument of the Slavic building.
Anthony Caves (Antonievy Caves)
A unique piece of underground religious architecture, one of the few subterranean monasteries in Europe. The complex was established in 1069 by Anthony Pechersky, the founder of the famous Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. In the 12th century the Church of St. Elias (Illinska) was built over the caves’ entrance, the only building of the kind that has remained intact by nowadays.
One of the oldest secular educational institutions in Ukraine founded in 1700.
St. Catherine’s Church (Katerynynska Church)
The Ukrainian baroque-styled church is built in the beginning of the 18th century. It is a kind of the city’s visiting card, situated on the entrance to Chernihiv.
Trinity-Elias Cloister (Troitsko-Illinsky Cloister)
The complex includes the Caves of Anthony, the Church of St. Elias, and the Trinity (Troitsky) Cathedral of the 17th century. A magnificent view of the city opens from the tower-bell of the cloister.
Bolda’s Hills (Boldyny Hills)
Another historical center of Chernihiv. A nice place for walking, from which one can enjoy an excellent overview of the ancient city.
more information at www.chernihivtourist.com.ua
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