HOLOVNA STREET
Holovna ("Golovna", "Main") Street in Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Holovna Street in Chernivtsi

It won’t be unusual if a Chernivtsi guide starts introducing the city from its old part, the crossing of Holovna and P.Sahaydachniy Streets. It was once Fountain square named so for a natural spring which was flowing out here.

St.Praxedia church in the beginning of the street, right above former Fountain Square

St.Praxedia church in the beginning of Holovna street, right above former Fountain Square, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The Austrian administration erected its first building, the so-called General’s House, in 1780 at the corner of today’s Holovna, Shkilna and Sholem Aleichem Streets.

It neighbours on the austere Roman-Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross Erection (1787). The high spire of this  temple was used as a fire watch point for a long time.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross Erection

Cathedral of St.Cross, Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The space below the Cathedral used to be named Holy Cross Square. The formation of this little square was finished in the early XX century by an original building at the corner of Holovna and Sholem Aleichem decorated by the fountain in the form of lion head and clam bowl. This "ship” house is finalized with a tower and survey veranda on the cone-shaped mansard floor covered with coloured roof. The sharp-cornered building as if cuts the surrounding space thus giving an edge to its exact name.

The "Ship" house, Holovna Street, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Close to the square, in the mid XIX century there was Moldavia hotel being then the center of the city art events. It had a concert hall in which Franz (Ferencz) Liszt gave a concert on May 24, 1847. Today the Chernivtsi Puppet Theater is located here.

Chernivtsi Art Nouveau style in Holovna st. is well represented by numerous apartment buildings (so-called "profitable” houses) and single-family villas, as well as hotels built in 1890-1910.

When we follow the street on, we’ll see House No.42, an apartment house built in the early XX century with wooden balconies, mouldings and verticals of glazed bricks. The ground floor of the building is occupied by Passage department store which gave its name to the whole building. The house neighbours on today's Kyiv (former Palace) hotel and houses No. 48 and 50, another secession architectural ensemble.

Passing through Centralna Sq

Passing through Centralna Sq, Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The slope to Centralna Sq

The slope to Centralna Sq, Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The same slope, a building at the corner of Holovna and Kokhanovsky Streets

A building at the corner of Holovna and Kokhanovsky Streets, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A telamon so much beloved by Chernivtsi architects of the past

A telamon so much beloved by Chernivtsi architects of the past. Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

City Gymnasium (Dedicated High School) No.2

City Gymnasium (Dedicated High School) No.2, Holovna St, Chernivsi, Ukraine

Kyiv Hotel (former Palace Hotel)

Kyiv Hotel (former Palace Hotel), Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A turret on the building on the Kyiv Hotel's left

A turret on the building on the Kyiv (former Palace) Hotel's left, Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Monument to Romanian soldiers who died during the World War I, Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Holovna St seen from the public garden in Soborna Sq

Holovna St seen from the public garden in Soborna Sq, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Passing through Soborna Sq, the Holy Spirit Cathedral. Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

City Public School No.4

City Public School No.4, Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

City Military Office (former military quarters)

City Military Office (former military quarters), Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Decorations on the top of the City Military Office building

Decorations on the top of the City Military Office building. Holovna St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Entrance to Shevchenko Park

Entrance to Shevchenko Park. Corner of Holovna and Sadova Streets, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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