Top 10 Things to do in Chernihiv, Ukraine

January 10, 2018 Jana Sager

Chernihiv (Ukrainian: Чернігів Ukrainian pronunciation: [t͡ʃɛrˈnʲiɦiw]) also known as Chernigov (Russian: Черни́гов, IPA: [tɕɪrˈnʲiɡəf], Polish: Czernihów) is a historic city in northern Ukraine, which serves as the administrative center of the Chernihiv Oblast (province), as well as of the surrounding Chernihiv Raion (district) within the oblast. Administratively, it is incorporated as a city of oblast significance. Population: 294,727 (2015 est.)
Restaurants in Chernihiv

1. Saint Anthony Caves

Boldin Hills, Chernihiv, Ukraine
Excellent
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Saint Anthony Caves

Reviewed By Jsleos - Chicago, Illinois

So. This place is cool, but it's a smaller version of Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv - so, if you've already been there, keep your expectations lowered. For those that haven't, this is an underground church with the skeletons/bones of monks and saints. The coolest part about this location is that it's close to three other must sees - the kurgans, the WWII memorial, and the Trinity Monastery. Also. If you're gonna take pictures, you have to pay for an extra ticket for permission.

2. Pyatnytska Church

Hetmana Polubotka vul. 3, Chernihiv 14000, Ukraine
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Pyatnytska Church

Reviewed By Lalaki-Papaki - Athens, Greece

This church is hidden in the park behind the main theater in Chernihiv. We (a couple) were lucky enough to see this church during fall period. As a result, it really fit into the yellow-red surroundings.
It is impossible to completely judge this church cause we didn't have a chance to be inside it, but the outside view was fair enough for us to put 5/5 for this place. We are not experts, but this church seemed much more original than the other churches in the city no matter that it was rebuilt and renovated many times. As a result, Pyatnytska Church seems unique not only among other churches in town but also in other places as well.

Preobrazhenska Street, Chernihiv, Ukraine
Excellent
76%
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19%
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5%
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Dytynets

Reviewed By Lalaki-Papaki - Athens, Greece

In contrast to the other hill (Boldin) in Chernihiv, Dytynets (aslo known as "Val") is standing right next to the St. Catherine Church and Desna River. As a result, it brings much more spectacular views than it is at the Boldin Hills. Nice alley with twelve cannons that goes through the edge of the hill makes these spectacular views unforgettable.
Besides views, there are also Our Savior Transfiguration Cathedral (the oldest church in Ukraine) and pretty monument of Taras Schevchenko (Ukrainian poet/writer) in Dytynets.
We (a couple) recommend any Chernihiv's visitor to go see this place, and if you have a limited time, then put it as #1 priority.

4. Chernihiv Red Square

Chervona Ploshcha, Chernihiv, Ukraine
Excellent
63%
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20%
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Chernihiv Red Square

Reviewed By Jsleos - Chicago, Illinois

Chernihiv Red Square is a pretty cool place - nice architecture and the pedestrian street with the Fountains leads right to it. Next to the square is another Fountain with some musically choreographed fountaining- a huge hit with the locals.

5. Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral

Preobrazhenska vul. 1A, Chernihiv 14000, Ukraine
Excellent
75%
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25%
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral

Reviewed By Wolfchild

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 1024 and it is the oldest Orthodox church in Ukraine and in Russia, founded a few years even before the famous St. Sophia Cathedral and is under construction right now but still operates as a church. Today Spassky Cathedral is the only surviving monument (on the left bank of Ukraine) of architecture of the blossoming period of Kievan Rus and is a part of the National reserve Old Chernigov.

6. Taras Shevchenko Monument in Dytynets

Preobrazhenska Street, Val, Chernihiv, Ukraine
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Taras Shevchenko Monument in Dytynets

Reviewed By Lalaki-Papaki - Athens, Greece

While walking in Dytynets, we (a couple) were able to see the monument of the famous Ukrainian poet and writer Taras Shevchenko. He was sitting on the edge of the bench as if welcoming anyone to join his company. We didn't do it, but on the other hand, we were happy enough to take a picture of this monument together with the pretty view that opened from Dytynets during fall.

7. St. Catherine Church

Heroiv Chornobylya vul. 6A, Chernihiv 14033, Ukraine
Excellent
65%
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35%
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

St. Catherine Church

Reviewed By Lalaki-Papaki - Athens, Greece

St. Catherine Church is like a cover of a magazine. It is the first city sight that you see when you go to Chernihiv from Kiev. Besides standing on the edge of the city (which happened to be the center of Chernihiv), this church is also located on the top of the hill, so you see it for a while before entering the city by car (if you are driving from Kiev).
Another place, where you can have a nice view to this church is Dytynets (also known as "Val"). Because of many trees and canons on this hill, it brings additional atmosphere to the church from that point of view. Even if you are not religious, make sure to make picture of yourself on the background of St. Catherine Church from Dytynets. We (a couple) recommend it!

Chernihiv, Ukraine
Excellent
72%
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21%
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

St. Trinity Cathedral

Reviewed By Lalaki-Papaki - Athens, Greece

Even that we (a couple) are not fans of religion, it didn't stop us to enter the territory of St. Trinity Cathedral located near Boldin Hills in order to climb on the bell tower. On the top of it, we were able to see the whole city.
To be honest, Chernihiv looks much more prettier from down than from very up. When you walk in the center of the city, you see much nicer views than the ones that you would be able to see in outskirts. However, you can't avoid looking at depressing industrial areas of the city if you are standing on the bell tower of St. Trinity Cathedral.

9. Chernihiv Railroad Station

Prospekt Mira, 1, Chernihiv 325000, Ukraine
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Chernihiv Railroad Station

Reviewed By Valdis A - Kremenchuk, Ukraine

Railway station is one of Must See places in the city. One of the Landmarks with great authentic architecture and this RED Bricks looks amazing! Very comfortable halls, visible schedule and simple to understand for travelers . Railway station with History. Check it!

10. St. Borys and Glib Cathedral

Preobrazhenska vul. 1A, Chernihiv 14000, Ukraine
Excellent
75%
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5 based on 12 reviews

St. Borys and Glib Cathedral

Reviewed By Jsleos - Chicago, Illinois

If you're here, you have to check out this amazing 12th century church located right in Dytnets Park. It's wonderfully preserved and a great destination via the park.

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