Chernihiv City Center

Once I was dropped off in Chernihiv’s city center, I walked around a small park between the streets of Prospekt Miru that runs for a few blocks. In the center was a statue of Vladimir Lenin.

Park in the middle of Prospekt Miru in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Park in the middle of Prospekt Miru

Lenin statue in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Lenin statue

Prospekt Miru in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Prospekt Miru

Prospekt Miru in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Prospekt Miru

I then walked down Prospekt Miru until I came to the giant and empty Krasna Square, which is the location of the Chernihiv Regional Administration.

Krasna Square in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Krasna Square

Krasna Square in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Krasna Square

Krasna Square in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Krasna Square

Chernihiv Regional Administration in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Chernihiv Regional Administration

On the east end of Krasna Square is the Chernihiv Drama Theatre. On the west end is Popudrenko Public Garden, which is a park featuring a mass grave of Soviet soldiers in the center.

Chernihiv Drama Theatre in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Chernihiv Drama Theatre

Chernihiv Drama Theatre in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Chernihiv Drama Theatre

Popudrenko Public Garden in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Popudrenko Public Garden

Mass grave of Soviet soldiers at Popudrenko Public Garden in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Mass grave of Soviet soldiers

Behind the theatre is one of the churches Chernihiv is famous for. Pyatnitska Church was built in the 12th century and functions to this day. It was destroyed by a bomb in 1941 and restored in 1962.

Pyatnitska Church in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Pyatnitska Church

Pyatnitska Church in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Pyatnitska Church

The park behind the church is called Bohdan Khmelnystky Garden Square. The center of the square features a statue of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky, a leader who led a revolt against Poles and Jews that left hundreds of thousands dead, including over 300,000 Jews. I wandered around the park a bit before walking through a neighborhood to Detinets Park, the hill where ancient Chernihiv was located.

Bohdan Khmelnystky Square in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Bohdan Khmelnystky Square

Chernihiv, Ukraine

Chernihiv

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