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.
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.
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.
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.
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.