A must see attraction in Chernigiv is the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (Spassky Cathedral) in the old rampart of the town, built by the first Chernihiv prince Mstislav - the son of great Kiev prince Vladimir, Baptist of Russia. Spassky Cathedral is actually the oldest orthodox cathedral surviving on the territory of Kievan Rus. It was founded in...more
The baroque style St. Catherine's Church (Katerynynska Church) was built between the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century. When we visited the church the interior was being renovated and church services were held outside in provisional tents. During the Soviet era the church was used as a museum.Directions:The golden-domed St....more
The Soviet Monument to the Great Patriotic War consists of an obelisk with an eternal flame and various heroic statues. It commemorates the soldiers who died during WWII which is usually refered to as Great Patriotic War in the former Soviet Union.Directions:The Soviet Monument to the Great Patriotic War can be found at the street vul. L'va...more
The Yeletsky Women's Monastery was founded in the 17th century. Its gounds also include the Dormition Cathedral which dates back to the 12th century. It was modeled after the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The Yeletsky Women's Monastery also includes a Bell Tower from the 17th century.Directions:The Yeletsky Women's Monastery is situated inbetween...more
The St. Elijah Church (Illinska Church) dates back to the12th century and stands on top of the Anthony Caves.The Anthony Caves (Antonievy Caves) belong to a sort of underground monastery which was build in the early 11th century by Anthony Pechersky who also founded the famous Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.The caves can be visited for an entrance fee of 4...more
Like the Trinity Cathedral the Bell Tower belongs to the Trinity-Elias Cloister. The Bell Tower was built between 1774 and 1778. The yellow white tower can be climbed for magnificent views of Chernihiv and the Trinity Cathedral. The entrance fee is 2 UAH (Summer 2007).Directions:The Bell Tower is loacted at the entrance to the grounds of the...more
The Trinity Cathedral (Troitsky Cathedral) is a part of the Trinity-Elias Cloister (Troitsko-Illinsky Cloister).The Ukrainian Baroque building was constructed in the second half of the 17th century.Directions:The Trinity Cathedral is situated about 20 minutes on foot west of the city centre. It can be found at the street vul. L'va Tolstogo in the...more
The Collegium was built in the early 18th century and is therefore one of the oldest secondary schools in the Ukraine.The students were mostly sons of priests and Kozak officials who learned general education. During the rule of Catherine II of Russia, the school was turned into a theological seminary, which it remained until its closing in...more
The construction of the Cathedral of Saviour and Transfiguration (Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral) was ordered in the 11th century by Prince Mstyslav, Chernihiv's golden-age ruler. He is buried beneath the church.Directions: The Cathedral of Saviour and Transfiguration is located immediately next to the Boris and Hleb Cathedral in the Val part of...more
The Boris and Hleb Cathedral (Borisohlebsky Cathedral) is an example of the famous Chernihiv architecture. It was built in the 12th century and belongs to the oldest cathedrals in Europe. Several renovations took place after severe pillages in the 13th and 17th century and also after WWII devastations.Directions:The silver-domed Boris and Hleb...more
This is a great way to spend the day with friends, taking a stroll around the 12 Cannon Park. You can also take a picture with Shevchenko in the center of the park. My friends told me that when they were younger, if they were supposed to meet a would-be suitor, but they didn't really want to, they would agree to meet him or her in this park, at the...more
Dytynets (Fortress). Located on the site of settlements dating to the beginning of the first millennium. From the 7th cent, these early settlements grew into a succession of fortified towns. By the early 12th cent. Dytynets was a mighty fortress containing royal chambers and living quarters of the boyars.more
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After a 2,5 hours train trip from Kiev we were a bit hungry but also curious to see the town as soon as possible. On our walk from the train station to the city centre we came across a Mc Donald's restaurant which is also a good orientation point on the way to the centre.Spontaneously we decided to get us a little snack and do some people watching...more
After a whole day of sightseeing and walking between all the gorgeous golden-domed churches we really felt in need of a snack and a drink. So we searched for a restaurant or cafe. Unfortunately this wasn't as easy as expected, because in these more rural areas of the Ukraine local people don't seem to be able to afford going out very often.We...more
Bar 'L'Ettual'' (hope spelling is right) :)
friendly staff (barmen were just unique:)> 2 guys with art education, you have a chance to talk to them if they still work there... French music, nice cocktails, prices are ok...and french-style decorations. The most wonderful thing here are barmen :)))
Dress Code: When we hitch-hiked from Kiev to Chernigiv we were totalle wet, because of north-Ukrainian severe rain...and I must admit even wet and tired we felt ok in this place...guess they do not have any dress code and it doesn't concern you at all since you are hitch-hiker...:)))
We went to Chernihiv by train from Kiev. We took the 09:35 h train which goes to St. Petersburg in Russia. The trip took about 2,5 h and a single ticket was 27,41 UAH (about 4 Euro; 2007). Please keep in mind that you have to present your passport when buying a train ticket in Ukraine. There also might be some slower electric trains (elektrichki)...more
Chernihiv is best explored on foot. If you are planning to visit all the churches in one day, be prepared for a lot of walking.You will be rewarded with some hidden gems and lovely views.If you are tired from walking you can still catch a local bus as there are plenty of them in Chernihiv. Possible routes are from the city centre to the train...more
Chernihiv has a wide public transportation network consisting of local buses, private mini buses and trolleybuses.Depending on the type of bus the fare varies between 0,50 and 1,0 UAH. It is often displayed on the windscreen or inside the bus. In some buses the fare has to be paid to a conductor, in others you directly hand the money to the driver.more
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Standards of public toilets in the Ukraine vary a lot. If you are lucky you might find clean and comfortable public toilets in bigger cities like Kiev or Lviv. But even here squat toilets can be seen quite often, also in older restaurants or hotels.In more rural areas the situation gets even worse. Sometimes there are only holes in the floor or the...more
Ukraine is a country of cash, so it is always best to pay cash. The local currency is the "Hryvnia" (abbreviation: UAH) which is divided into 100 Kopecks.In 2004/05 new banknotes were put into circulation, but the various old ones are still valid and in circulation as well. This causes some confusion as you may have 2 or even more variations of the...more
When travelling to a foreign country I always try to taste their local beers. In the Ukraine the following two beers were among my favourites:Chernihivske Beer is brewed by the Chernihiv Desna Brewery in Northern Ukraine. It is one of the best selling beer brands in the Ukraine. Nowadays they belong to the Sun InBev Company and produce 8 different...more
Like many other countries in Eastern Europe, the Ukraine is a rapidly developing country. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to find a Tourist Information Office or just a free map, therefore an up to date guide book for independent travellers is highly recommended.
We used the "Bradt travel guide - Ukraine" which covers all sorts of information from historical background and descriptions of the sights to practical information about public transportation, accomodation and restaurants.
Unfortunately, the Chernihiv part didn't include a map, so we had to buy one to find all the sights.
After our arrival at the train station of Chernihiv we decided to go to the city centre on foot instead of taking a local bus. On the way we came across a Soviet monument with a tank on top. On the tank was written in Ukrainian language "For the fatherland".
A big memorial plate on the pedestal of the monument tells the date "21st September 1943" and a list with quantities. For us it looked liked it listed the supplies which were produced in Chernihiv during WWII, but we weren't really sure about the meaning.
The Soviet tank monument can be found on the way from the train station to the city centre at the square "pl. Peremogi".
The main square of Chernihiv is called Red Square (Krasna Ploscha). It is a large cobbled square with the Chernihiv theatre in the middle of the East side.The southern side offers a spectacular view through the Alley of Heroes to the golden-domed St. Catherine’s Church. The northern side is the beginning of Chernihiv's shopping streets.more
The Ramparts which are also called the Val are Chernihiv's most ancient part. It is the former territory of the Prince's palace and fortresss. There are still twelve wrought iron Kozak canons from the 17th century.Nowadays the area has been turned into a lovely park where you can take a stroll and enjoy the views of the Desna river. As in almost...more