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Chernihiv (Ukrainian: Чернігів, Russian: Чернигов), also called Chernigov, is a city in northern Ukraine. It covers 79 sq km (30.5 sq mi) and has a population of 302,000 people (2011 estimate).

The city is one of the oldest in cities in Central Ukraine. Its history goes back over a thousand years. It was mentioned for the first time in AD 907, on the Rus-Byzantine Treaty. Its long history has given it many historic sights and beautiful heritage buildings, among them sacred Christian temples that are becoming increasingly popular tourist attractions.

Archaeological excavation has revealed evidence of human settlement in the area around Chernihiv at early as the 9th century. It was the seat of the Grand Principality of Chernigov in the 11th century. That was the golden age for the city, when its population peaked at 25,000 people.

Chernihiv came under the rule of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1353. Rule over Chernihiv changed hands a number of times from the 15th to the 17th century. Chernihiv became a city in the Tsardom of Russia following the Treaty of Andrusovo in 1667. The city became part of Ukraine after the Russian Revolution.

Holy Trinity Monastery, ChernihivHoly Trinity Monastery, Chernihiv
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Visiting Chernihiv

There are minibuses (marshrutky) to Chernihiv from Kiev. You can catch them at Kiev's Lisova Metro Station. The fare is 40UAH.

Sights & Attractions in Chernihiv

Eletsky Monastery, ChernihivEletsky Monastery, Chernihiv
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  1. Cathedral of Sts Boris and Gleb
    Cathedral dating to the mid-12th century, and renovated in subsequent centuries, and restored to original appearance in the 20th century.
  2. Ecclesiastical Collegium
    A wonderfully ornamented structure of Cossack architectural design.
  3. Eletsky Monastery Caves
    Cave monastery with a magnificent six-pillared cathedral from the 11th and 12th centuries.
  4. Mazepa House
    Former residence of Polkovnyk Lyzohub (1690s), once used as the regiment's chancellery.
  5. Monastery Cave of St Elijah and the Holy Trinity
    Cave monastery built some 800 years ago featuring the Trinity Cathedral, one of the most imposing structures of Cossack Baroque style.
  6. Pyatnytska Church
    Brick church building dating to the 12th century, damaged during the Second World War but since restored.
  7. Saviour Cathedral
    The oldest church in Chernihiv as well as in the Ukraine, built in the 1030s by Mstislav the Bold.

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