Chernivtsi is a very cozy and beautiful city with unusual and refined architecture preserved from the times when the city was a part of the Austria-Hungary. You can start your acquaintance with this European city in the land of Ukraine with its main square, Central Square.
The town hall has a special place in the square. It was built in 1843-1847 in the style of late Classicism. The three-storied building is topped by a chime-clock tower so traditional for town halls and an observation platform that gives you a really wonderful and detailed view of the whole Chernivsti.
In the square, there is a beautiful building now occupied by a museum of art. Designed by H. Gessner and built in 1901 for a banking board, it is still considered one of the best specimens of Vienna secession in the world.
The Olga Kobylianska Theater of Music and Drama in Chernivtsi is famous far beyond its home region, and it is one of the most beautiful theaters in Ukraine. The theater was built in 1904-1905 by the project of well-known European theatrical architects F. Felner and H. Gelmer. By that time they had already designed the famous Theater of Opera in Odessa and a number of European theaters.
St. Nicholas Cathedral (“Drunken Church”) (1914-1939). The church was built on the model of the Assumption Cathedral in the Romanian city of Courta de Arges. Because of its original twisted domes, the church is also called “drunken church”.
Armenian Church (1869-1875). The church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul was built for the Armenian community of Chernivtsi. The architecture of the Armenian church combines features of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic styles. Since 1992, an acoustic hall of the church has been used for concerts of classical and chamber music. The organ of the church was made by the Czech firm “Rieger-Kloss”.
House-Ship. The building in its shape resembles a ship. The narrowing facade resembles the nose of the ship, the open area on the second floor is a deck, the tower above the roof is a mast or a pipe. According to the legend, the house was built by a local businessman for his brother, a sailor, who was called to return home after many years of wandering in the distant seas.
Chernivtsi Railway Station (1909). It is an impressive building constructed in the Art Nouveau style. The main element of the decor is a portal with a stained-glass window made of steel, symbolizing the gates of the city.
Turkish Square. This cozy square is a historical area and a relatively new attraction of Chernivtsi. In the 17th century, the Turkish community was living in this district. The square is especially beautiful in the evening illumination.
Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans. The excursion includes visiting the monument of national significance built in the second half of the XIX-th century according to the design of the Austrian architect Joseph Hlavka. It’s a masterpiece of ancient Chernivtsi which is reasonably considered an architectural landmark of the city – the former residence of the Orthodox Metropolitans of Bukovyna and Dalmatia built in 1864-1882. It is no exaggeration, for the building combines features of Mauritanian, Byzantine, Roman styles and folk art traditions of Bukovyna in a single unity. Here there are so many unexpected and interesting details that it may take long hours to become really acquainted with this work of art.
The entire Residence ensemble strikes with its unusual look, resembling a medieval castle. The guests will have an opportunity to see the seminary building, the Church of the Three Prelates, palace and park of the metropolitan; they will see the Marble Hall, renovated after the fire of 1944, authentic wall-paintings by E. Maksymovych and E. Buchevsky.
The ensemble of the university itself consists of three buildings, a majestic Seminar Church and a cozy park.