Attractions

Fort in Chernihiv

Dytynets

From Krasna pl it's a three-minute walk southeast along pr Myru to the old historic core, known as the Dytynets ('citadel' in old Russian). Today it's an informal park dotted with domed churches overlooking the Desn…
Cave in Chernihiv

Antoniy Caves

The Antoniy Caves, Chernihiv's answer to Kyiv's Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra, lurk beneath the ground a short walk north of the Trinity Monastery, under the early 11th-century Illinska Church. The caves consist of 315m of …
Museum in Chernihiv

Tarnovsky History Museum

The charmingly old-fashioned museum traces local material history from paleolithic bones to the post-apocalyptic self-made shields and helmets of Maidan revolutionaries. In between, there are pictures of local celeb…
Square in Chernihiv

Krasna Ploshcha

Life in Chernihiv revolves around the huge Krasna pl (Red Sq). As with its Moscow namesake, there is nothing remotely bolshie in the word 'red', which simply meant 'beautiful' in old Slavonic. In the park extending …
Cathedral in Chernihiv

Boryso-Hlibsky Cathedral

With a helmet-shaped cupola typical of Kyivan Rus church architecture, the 12th-century cathedral is one of the earliest tributes to the first Russian/Ukrainian saints – two young princes killed by their brother in …
Monastery in Chernihiv

Trinity Monastery

About 2km southwest of St Catherine's Church you'll spot the 58m bell tower of the Troyitsko-Illynsky Monastery (Trinity Monastery). It's worth climbing the bell tower, which looks right down on the 17th-century Tri…
Museum in Chernihiv

Collegium

Once a major theology school set up on the orders of tsar Peter the Great with the money of hetman (Cossack chieftain) Ivan Mazepa in 1700 (when the two were still friends), today this church-like structure, built i…