The bust of Josef Hlávka in the arboretum of the former Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans
Josef Hlávka was an outstanding Czech and Austro-Hungarian architect whose cultural legacy includes 150 outstanding structures. Born in 1831 in Přeštice, the Kingdom of Bohemia, in his 30 years of age Josef won the contract to build Vienna State Opera House designed by his teachers, architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll, with which task he successfully coped.
Hlávka's contribution to the architectural image of Chernivtsi is hard to estimate. He designed or participated in designing the buildings that form today's face of the city, such as the former Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans (today's main Building of the Chernivtsi National University), Justice Palace (today's building of the Oblast State Administration), Building of the Provincial Government, Armenian Catholic Church.
To commemorate the architect's input, his portrait sculpture was installed in the arboretum of the University's Main Building.