Chernihiv is the city in northern Ukraine, currently under the siege and unending heavy shelling of the Russian troops.

Chernihiv was founded, presumably, in the 7th century and first mentioned in a chronicle in the year 907. From the 9th century Chernihiv was incorporated in Kyivan Rus and became one of the the most important and richest cities in the country, alongside Kyiv and Novgorod.

Since then, a number of architectural monuments have been erected in the city.

Among them is the the city’s oldest church and one of the oldest churches in Ukraine, the 5-domed Transfiguration Cathedral (‘Preobrazhensky sobor’), commissioned in the early 1030s by Prince Mstislav the Bold and completed several decades later by his brother, Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

The Cathedral of St. Boris and St. Gleb, dating from the middle of the 12th century, was rebuilt in succeeding periods, before being restored to its original shape in the 20th century.

The top achievement of Chernihiv masters was the exquisite Pyatnytska Church, constructed in the 11th -12th centuries. This building was seriously damaged in the Second World War, its original medieval outlook was reconstructed in XX century.

All these and many other monuments were depicted by Yuriy Khymych.

All of them are in danger of destruction by the Russian artillery and aviation attacks.