In 2011, Chernivtsi National University, in the past also the Residence of Bukovynian and Dalmatian Metropolitans, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The residence complex of the metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia is truly grandiose. Very beautiful buildings, the decoration inside the buildings is amazing. I envy university students. The University in Chernivtsi is often called the “Ukrainian Hogwarts”.
- Address: Chernivtsi, Kotsyubinsky street, 2.
- University website https://www.chnu.edu.ua/
I was at the University of Chernivtsi twice. Drone photos were taken in 2021, photos from the excursion were taken in 2023.
Excursion to the University of Chernivtsi
To get on an excursion to the University of Chernivtsi, you need to go to the main gate and wait for the guide to arrive. Excursions run every hour from 10 am to 4 pm. The excursion lasts 45 minutes, during the excursion you visit the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs and the Metropolitan Building, which houses the Marble, Red and Blue Halls. In 2023, an excursion for an adult cost UAH 60.
The history of the construction of the complex
The construction of the residence began on the initiative of the Orthodox Bishop of Chernivtsi and Bukovina Evgeniy Hakman in 1864. The author of the project is the architect Josef Hlávka. The design of the residence was created by Josef Hlávka in 1860 at the age of 29.
The construction of the complex took 1,830,000 gold florins. Construction lasted 18 years. For the sake of building the residence, brick and ceramic factories were built, and special quarries were created.
Masters from Vienna worked on the decoration of the residence, including the artist Carl Yobst, the Czech master Karol Svoboda, Evgeny Maksimovich from Bukovina, the workshop of the sculptor Hoffmann.
The University in Chernivtsi was founded on March 31, 1875 by decree of Emperor Franz Joseph. On October 4, 1875, there was a grand opening of the university, which had the only Greek Orthodox theological faculty in the entire Austrian Empire.
The Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs
the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs has a height of 38 meters, and with a cross – 45 meters. The church was consecrated in honor of three saints – Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. In Soviet times, the church housed an electronic computer center.
Entrance to the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs
Interiors of the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs
Hall of the Metropolitan building
Corridors and galleries of the Metropolitan building
During the excursion, we were only able to get into the Marble Hall, as in others diplomas were presented. The Marble hall is very beautiful
The Marble Hall has a balcony. Views from the balcony
This is a view of the Monastery wing
View of the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs and Seminary wing
There is a park behind the Metropolitan wing. This is a view of the park from the balcony, the monument below is a monument to the architect Josef Hlávka.
The Monastery wing is a building with a clock tower. There were rooms for the guests of the metropolis, monastic cells and a small candle factory. Now one of the faculties of the University of Chernivtsi is located here.
The University in Chernivtsi is an architectural masterpiece that you should definitely see with your own eyes, walk through its corridors, see the incredible beauty of the halls and the church.