On the threshold of a vacation season we’ve selected the most interesting and fascinating routes in Ukraine for you. Today we’re going to observe Chernigov.
Chernigov region is not only a home of the world famous beer and crispy Nezhyn cucumbers but also thousand-year’s temples, plenty of wonderfully preserved wooden houses and, of course, incredible cityscapes. Chernigov is the city out of time and out of politics. You can feel it while wondering along the streets full of ancient buildings and green trees.
Once you appear in the city, your eyes are immediately caught by incredible building of the local railway station. It’s considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Chernigov.
One can’t arrive at Chernigov and not to visit its historical part Detinets. It includes Chernigov Val – the historical, cultural and spiritual center of the city.
Twelve cast-iron cannons of the 17th – 18th centuries stand on the square. They say, a part of them protected the bastions of Chernigov fortress, and another part was presented by Peter I after beating the Swedes.
There are thirteen cannons in total. But this place only features a dozen of them – one cannon stands behind the wall. There is a legend that if a girl made an apointment to a guy near the 13th cannon, this means that there is no hope for happy love.
Detinets is a very cozy park actually. If you climb the wall, you’ll see amazing Desna views and Chernigov monasteries.
About a five-minute walk from this place there are main historical and architectural monuments of the city: Catherine’s Church that meets the visitors coming from the south, Pyatnytska church and beautiful Heroes’ Alley with a cascade of fountains and benches to sit.
One should note the Transfiguration Cathedral aged almost 1 000 years. It was built by prince Mstyslav of Chernigov – the son of the prince Vladimir of Kiev. The cathedral was the main social and religious, political and cultural center of the city as well as a tomb of princes Mstyslav Vladimirovych, Svyatoslav Yaroslavych and others. There is also a temple of Boris and Gleb – the first Old Russian saints.
If you go down the beautilful wrought staircase to the riverside station, you’ll have the opportunity to have a nice ride on a river tram.
To reach Illinska Church and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, you need to walk or drive a while.
Visit Eletsky Monastery and Boldin Mountains. The Boldin Mountains contain the ancient barrows where many legendary people were buried.
But the beautiful and green territory of the Boldin Mountains doesn’t leave the feeling of a dull place. Maybe because in 1069 the prince of Chernigov invited Antony Pechersky – the founder of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – to live here. Antony created an underground community of monks (Antony caves) that later became the Trinity Monastery.
Up the street there is one of the main sights of the city – the Trinity cathedral with 65-meter-high belfry offering a stunning view of Chernigov.
When you are in Chernigov, visit the Red square and the adjacent squares and avenues.
In the evening the residents and tourists can enjoy the singing fountain on the Red square.
One should note plenty of wooden houses in Chernigov. The most amazing thing about these houses is that the majority of them is still in a perfect condition.