Chernivtsi’s former synagogue was once famous for its exotic African/Middle Eastern style, but was turned into a cinema in 1954.
Music and Drama Theatre
The Music and Drama Theatre was designed in the same style of De Stijl that also inspired the Viennese architects of Odesa’s Opera and...
Former Armenian Cathedral
The architect responsible for the Former Armenian Cathedral is Czech Josef Hlavka.
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Lonely Planet review
University buildings are often called 'dreaming spires', but Chernivtsi's is more like a trip on LSD. This fantastic red-brick ensemble, with coloured tiles decorating its pseudo-Byzantine, pseudo-Moorish and pseudo-Hanseatic wings, is the last thing you'd expect to see here. The architect responsible was Czech Josef Hlavka, who was also behind Chernivtsi's Former Armenian Cathedral , as well as large chunks of Vienna. He completed the university in 1882 for the Metropolitans (Orthodox Church leaders) of Bukovyna as their official residence. The Soviets later moved the university here.
The wings surround a landscaped court. To the left as you pass the gatehouse is the Seminarska Church (Семінарська церква), now used for concerts and ceremonies. Straight ahead stands the former main palace residence of the Metropolitans (Палац-резиденція метрополитів), housing two remarkable staircases and a fantastic, 1st-floor Marmurovy Zal (Мармуровий зал; Marble Hall). As a public facility you can wander the buildings at will but the best rooms are usually locked. Alternatively contact Diana Costas , a former student turned guide, who will gladly show you round. Her office is in the Seminarska Church, though you might find her and other guides loitering around the main gate.
The university is about 1.5km northwest of the centre. Trolleybus 2 will get you there.
To the left as you pass the gatehouse is the Seminarska Church, now used for concerts and ceremonies. Straight ahead stands the former main palace residence of the Metropolitans, housing two remarkable staircases and a fantastic, 1st-floor Marmurovy Zal (hall). Whether you'll be able to access them is uncertain, but it's always worth trying.