Every city has a special neighborhood full of stories and history, although unremarkable at first glance. Chernihiv is not an exception and this route proves this like no other.
The shortest suggested route called Zemlianky will introduce travelers, as well as many locals, to a diverse and sometimes awkward architecture, which, in turn, will help people to imagine the old appearance of the city that has always been home to multiple nationalities, styles and tastes. The real gem on this walk will be a toylike modernist house of Ratskevych. Another stocky 1.5-century house on a 'habitable cellar' located in the very heart of the neighborhood will not leave you indifferent, either. Embark on this short tour and let yourself be amazed at natty, yet somewhat enigmatic window shutters and eaves of the old merchant houses.
If you think that Chernihiv's history is represented solely by churches, we will try to surprise you. Walk just half a block away from the city's main street and you will appear in a totally different Chernihiv – tranquil, quiet and pleasingly rural. This Chernihiv retains centenary houses, which have survived multiple disasters and still remember their first owners - merchants and noblemen.
People began to settle in the Kovalivka neighborhood in the XIX century. Soon this sparsely populated outskirt began to grow as wealthier people started moving here. Today, you will encounter here maginificent examples of wooden architecture and will be amazed at how well the craftsmen of the past managed to combine brick and wood. These former homes of noblemen and typical gentry houses 'on cellars' will not disappoint you. Among other things, this route will introduce you to the house of the Poltoratskyi dynasty of physicians, a manor house of a nobleman Spanovskyi, as well as gorgeous houses of a priest Mytkevych and a jewish merchant Hosenpud.
It is highly recommended that you make your acquaintance with Chernihiv's wooden architecture from this route. This part of the city sits on the left bank of the Stryzhen river and is located in close proximity to the old city. First people settled here back in the XII-XIII centuries, although, obviously, nothing from that period has made it to our days. The second wave of settlers came here during the cossack times. In the XVIII and XIX centuries this area was home to many merchants, wealthy craftsmen and state officials.
The route will unveil great examples of wealthy XIX century manor estates, as well as more common, yet fascinating wooden housing. Even locals will make a ton of interesting findings here.
As a pleasant addition to wooden architecture, this route will take you past a number of magnificent brick houses, including the house of Tarnovskyi (the Regional Youth Library), the house of Chernihiv's governor, as well as an impressive architectural ensemble of the Chernihiv Holy Spirit Seminary (today's military hospital).
Would you like to take a look at Chernihiv from a different angle? If so, you should definitely stroll along this route. Although recent history states that people started to actively settle here in the XVIII century, this neighborhood conceals trace of much older epochs. Most Chernihiv locals will discover a handful of unfamiliar streets, as outsiders are rare guests here. These old streets with an odd geometry run between aged houses uncovering magnificent examples of wooden architecture here and there.
Travelers, on the other hand, will be able to take a relaxing walk along shady lanes and see the city as once seen by a renowned Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi who lived in this neighborhood from 1898 until his death in 1913.
Holodni Yary will remind everyone that Chernihiv is a city on hills.
If you are in town for a short span of time and would like to get a quick glimpse of Chernihiv's wooden architecture, take this short route, which will introduce you to the traditional development of the city. It will embrace you with serenity and coziness which are so typical for our small town. Here you will explore its not-yet-forgotten history reflected in the maze of old streets and behold Chernihiv as known by its locals.
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