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Chernivtsi is famous for its palaces, temples and houses. It has a lot of European architecture monuments created yet during the XVII-XVIII centuries, which have well survived to nowadays. The city is a symbiosis of architecture masterpieces representing Vienna, Prague and Paris.
To allow more convenient navigation, we divided Chernivtsi's places of interest in the following four sections:
Chernivtsi is one of the few Ukrainian cities deserving the title of a true architecture pearl. 602 buildings from the old part of the city are included in the state list of architecture monuments, 25 of which are nationally important. Today Chernivtsi's old town is an integral architectural ensemble of the mid XIX – early XX century. During that time European architecture was strongly influenced by the Art Nouveau style known as Vienna secession in Austro-Hungary. These are prominent secession monuments that make Chernivtsi's architecture famous and these are them to define the city's uniqueness.
Chernivtsi's religious structures personify the best historical traditions of architecture. The oldest one is the wooden St. Mykolay Church typical for Bukovyna of XVI-XVIII centuries. In 1787 Roman-Catholic Cathedral of St. Cross Erection was built. Another distinguishing construction is the Holy Spirit Cathedral that was sanctified in 1864 by Eugen Hackmann, a Metropolitan of Bukovyna being one of the most outstanding personalities of Bukovyna’s spiritual life in the XIX century. A wonderful example of neo-Gothic is the Jesuit Jesus Heart Cathedral. Prominent samples of city's architecture monuments are Jewish synagogues.
As every historically meaningful city, Chernivtsi is proud of numerous monuments in its squares and arteries. These reflect different phases of the community development, starting from the Austro-Hungarian Empire through Russian, Romanian and Soviet times to today's independent Ukraine. In different times, they were erected to commemorate outstanding people and events of different levels, be that the first Chernivtsi mayor or the Austrian Emperor, soldiers who died in international missions or those who won the World War II. Chernivtsi monuments remind or prominent artists and luminaries of Ukrainian, Romanian, Jewish, Armenian, Czech and many other cultures. As the city is devoted to revive its historical significance, the number of monuments is growing - and that is a good sign!
Chernivtsi is a city with rich cultural heritage. City's museums represent various collections of decorative and applied Bukovynian arts, there are also museums of outstanding personalities who lived and worked in the city. In these pages you’ll find the list of Chernivtsi museums and information on their work.
Some museums are only significant for their cultural or scientific importance, others have rich collections of artefacts, third, in addition to their expositions, are proud of their buildings that easily deserve to be named monuments of architectural workmanship.