What could be better than a charming walk around Chernivtsi after a hard day of presentations and workshops? This charming city enamour everyone who visit it. So we suggest you to watch right now the magnificent bird’s-eye view of Chernivtsi!
So we offer a list of sights to visit:
1. Banchensky monastery
The fourth Laura of Ukraine – that is how pilgrims name Banchensky Ascension Monastery. Being like a piece of heaven among the worldliness and though not having a century history it takes hundreds of pilgrims every day. At the monastery entrance there is the Bell tower which is very similar to the Kyiv St. Sophia`s one, with the only difference to be one and a half times higher than the last. Besides there is being erected a large cathedral not far from that place. It is planned to be as high as Volodymyrski one in Kyiv. In addition it is located on a high hill. A more magnificent veiw can be seen only the Christ the Savior Cathedral and the Kremlin palaces in Moscow .
The driveway through the Bell tower is closed with massive wrought iron gates, similar to those which the Bolsheviks stormed in October 1917 when assaulted the Winter Palace. Behind the gates there is a picturesque park, which can be comparedwith the Crimean former imperial residences in Livadia and Vorontsov Palaces` parks, but it is several times lesser. Everywhere there are paved road stones paths, neatly trimmed lawns, fences of bushes, miniature Tui and a lot of different flowers. In the middle of this greenery, near the majestic temple there is a fountain. Inside the cathedral from the dome the massive gilded panykadylo hangs. There is also a five-tier carved iconostasis and the fully painted walls .
Residential building with cells can be compared with the cathedral in its wealth. It is used to believe that cell must be modest, almost ascetic. Cells in Banchensky monastery more look like resemble palaces in Puscha-Vodice than monks` modest abode.
2. The Residence of Orthodox metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia – the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
It was built on the place of the old bishop’s house in 1864-1882. Now the Chernivtsi National University central corpses are located here. This unique architectural ensemble appeared by Bishop Eugene Gakman` efforts. In 1863 he obtained the Austrian emperor permission to build a new spacious residenceworthy of the capital of Bukovina. Next year just after the Holy Dukhovskoi Cathedral consecration, the first foundation stone of the future residence was laid by Bishop Hakman .
The architectural ensemble projects were done by the famous Czech scientist, architect, academician Joseph Glavka. He designed the untraditional building complex in eclectic spirit with Byzantine and Romanesque styles elements dominating. That project won prize places while competitions of known architects for many times and at the World Exhibition in Paris it was particularly awarded . The ensemble composition is rather complicated, but it is characterized by the clarity of planning. It consists of three monumental buildings-corps: the main one, the seminary with the Three Saints Church and the presbytery.
3. Music and Drama Theatre is one of the most famous architectural monuments of the city, which decorates the Theatre Square for more than a hundred years long.
Chernivtsi Theatre is the creation of the Viennese firm Fellner and Helmer known in Europe for the 43 built theatres, including Odessa Opera. The Theatre in Chernivtsy had been built in for two years and its beauty can be compared with the best theatres in Europe. Its first foundation stone was laid on the 1-st of August 1904 and on the 3-rd of October 1905 the opening ceremony was held.
The theatre was built in the Vienna Secession style with dominating the Renaissance style elements. The front of the building was decorated with arched portal with two pairs of columns on the sides and sculptural composition of Apollo with lute surrounded by the ancient drama characters. Above the front window William Shakespeare`s and Richard Wagner`s bas-relief medallions were installed. They were surrounded by the muses. In the tympanum above the side walls windows the marble busts of world known men of arts were also installed. The interior decor was done in Baroque style combining white and gold tones that gave it elegance. The Theatre foyer and auditorium were magnificently decorated with carvings and neodaroque sculptures. First in front of the Theatrt there was a monument to Schiller, and now at this place there is a bronze sculpture of Olga Kobylyanskaya. Today the Theatre is named after her .
4. The Armenian Church
In the middle of the XIX century there was a desperate need of Chernivtsi Armenian Catholics community to have their own churh. The Czech architect Josef Glavka was invited for its architectural designing. At that time he worked on the Bukovinian Metropolitans Residence. The church building began in 1869 in the historic Armenian quarter and on the 9-th of October 1875 the genius Hlavka`s creation was solemnly consecrated in honor of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
In the Armenian Church architectural composition Joseph Glavka had unconventionally combined the Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic styles` elements, inherent in medieval Bucovinian monasteries with the Armenian religious architecture traditions. Due to the excellent acoustics the church was used as a concert hall from the very beginning: church singing and music events and organ music parties were organized there. Now the former church is the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Organ Hall.
5. The City Council is situated on the Chernivtsi Central square since the middle of the XIX century.
Its construction was discussed from1825, and only on the 19-th of April 1843 the first foundation stone of the future council was laid in presence of the honorauble guests from the capital. Construction works were carried out under the district engineer Adolf Marina and cameral architect Andreas Mikulicz supervision. 4 years later an elegant buildingin late classicism style with high tower and courtyard appeared in the middle of Chernivtsi. Inold European tradition the City Hall combined two volumes: a large horizontal one -that had the accented front projection crowned with the emblem of the city shield on the background; and the vertical one – that was a 50-meter two-tier tower with the balcony and the clock. For many years the magistrate compared the time with Vienna on this clock until Chernivtsi received its own self-governance.
The old city is well seen from the balcony that surrounds all the tower sides. At that times the balcony was not a platform for the surrounding area viewing, it was used just practically as the fire patrol location. Now every day exactly at 12.00 a.m. the “Marichka” ringtone performed by the trumpeter dressed in Bucovinian folk costume is heard from the tower balcony for four sides of city.
6. The Art Museum
In 1900-1901 the imposing three-storey building of then Bukovinian Savings Bank Directorate appeared at the Chernivtsi Central Square near the City Council. It was built by Viennese architect Hubert Gessner who was Otto Wagner` talented student. The Art Museum building is considered to be a classic example of Vienna Secession and one of the finest monuments of art Nouveau style in Central and Eastern Europe. It had clear symmetry of the front, on the background there was the central projection crowned by the attic with two statues on the both rims. The majolica panels decorated the upper part of the front central projection. Depicted in panels allegorical figures symbolized Austria-Hungarian provinces. A young man in goat skins represented Bukovina. Recently on the front of the Art Museum a monument to a bouquet of roses appeared, as was said, that Chernivtsi streets was swept with.
The Art Museum had an impressive and equally exquisiteinterior beauty. In its design the sculpture, painting, stucco, stained glass and metal art were skillfully combined . Well-known Ukrainian artist Mykola Ivasjuk was engaged in internal building decoration. The mythological story picture that still adorns the ceiling was painted by him .