Chernivtsi is a big cultural center of Western Ukraine that is inferior only to Lviv in the number of excursion objects. The formation of the cultural traditions of the city was influenced by different countries. Throughout its history, it has been a part of different countries. The first references to Chernivtsi date back to the beginning of the 15th century. Moldavia, Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Romania and Austria-Hungary alternately struggled for the city.
Every country contributed much to the development of the prospective city. For example, Chernivtsi has its incomparable appearance thanks to Austrian masters. In the period between the 17th-18th centuries, they built a lot of wonderful architectural complexes in Chernivtsi. Some of the buildings have been preserved to this day in their original form. Due to the plenty of unique architectural monuments, Chernivtsi was unofficially called “Small Paris”. It is a really beautiful and enchanting city with its unique and interesting culture.
The city is perfect for travelers with children. There are many beautiful places for family recreation, affordable restaurants and very interesting entertainment centers. The picturesque resort will also impress adherents of the food tourism. In the city, there are many restaurants of the Austrian, Romanian, Ukrainian, and Russian cuisine. Those who choose a national restaurant should certainly taste gutsulski banosh, a popular meat dish of the best pork, cottage cheese and sour cream. Chernivtsi has everything to surprise its guests. Your vacation in this enchanting and romantic city will never be boring.
The city is a real trove of historical attractions. In Chernivtsi, there is the preserved Khotyn Fortress. It was built in the 13th century to protect the territory. In the 16th century, the fortress was rebuilt completely and broadened. In 1621, the fortress went through the unique battle against the Turkish troop of over 250 000 people. The fight lasted for over a month but Turkish conquerors did not manage to conquer the fortress. Actually, the impregnable construction protected Europe from the future invasions of the Ottoman Empire. The historical monument has been preserved to this day perfectly. Films are often made on its territory.
The beautiful religious monument is Church of St. Paraskevi. It was built in the 15th century. Originally, the church was built of wood. In the 19th century, it was rebuilt of stone. The temple the city guests can see today was finished in 1860. It resembles classic Serbian temples. Today, one of the main peculiarities of the church is its beautiful black domes.
Another interesting historical site is the Organ Hall located in the building of the old Armenian church. This beautiful building was built of red brick in the second half of the 19th century. It is an impressive combination of Byzantium and Gothic styles. After the Revolution in 1917 and the enthronement of the Soviet authority, the church was closed and came to the philharmonic. Now, the historic building serves as a concert hall, as it is distinguished by incredible acoustics. Organ music concerts of famous musicians from different countries are regularly held here.
In the city, there is the wonderful Botanical Garden that will impress all nature admirers. It was set up in 1877 and belongs to the Chernivtsi State University. During the Great Patriotic War, the garden was almost destroyed. Right after the War, it started to be renovated. In 1963, the garden was recognized as an attraction of national significance. Today, you can see here the rich collection of tropical plants. There is also a modern library where selection experiments are conducted. In a warm period, you can see a lot of beautiful landscape attractions and flower beds in the garden.