Nizhyn city, Ukraine (Nezhin)

The city of Chernigov oblast.

Nizhyn overview

Nizhyn or Nezhin is a city located in Chernigov region of Ukraine.

It is standing along the Oster River about 80 km from Chernihiv and 130 km from Kiev, one of most ancient cities in Ukraine.

Population - 73,300 (2013).

Area code - +380 4631; postal code - 16600.

Nizhyn city coat of arms

Nizhyn city coat of arms

Nizhyn city map location


Nizhyn history

The first record of this settlement refers to 1078; it was mentioned as Nezhatin. From 1147, it was recorded as Unenezh.

In 1625, the settlement became a self-governing town and the name Nizhyn was used for the first time.

In the 19th century, the town received the status of the capital of one of Chernihiv region districts.

The famous Russian writer Nikolai Gogol graduated the local lyceum established in 1805.

Nizhyn views

Nizhyn general view

Nizhyn general view

Author: Vladimir Kalinin

Nizhyn view

Nizhyn view

Author: Vladimir Kalinin

Nizhyn university

Nizhyn university

Author: Gennady Serdyuk


Nizhyn attractions

Architecture

The architecture of Nizhyn gives a unique opportunity to see a typical Russian trade town from the past.

There are about 300 ancient buildings (70 buildings are of a great cultural and historical value) on the territory of the city.

It is one of the few cites in Ukraine which preserved the outlook of the 17th-18th centuries - the shape of a 6-angle star, at the ends and crossings of which 32 churches were built (currently, 20 of them survived).

Among the architectural monuments of the 17th-18th centuries are:

  • Nikolayevsky cathedral,
  • Annunciation cathedral and Greek churches ensemble,
  • Two-storeyed church of John the Foreteller.

Nizhyn scenery

Nizhyn airfield

Nizhyn airfield

Author: Vladimir Kalinin

Nizhyn city scenery

Nizhyn city scenery

Author: Vladimir Kalinin

Nizhyn scenery

Nizhyn scenery

Author: Vladimir Kalinin


Sights

The first monument to Nikolai Gogol in the world was erected in Nizhyn. Nikolai Gogol studied at the local gymnasium.

Today, this institution is called the State Teachers Training University named after N.Gogol.

Also, the city has the only in Ukraine museum “The Post Station”**.

Every year, the festival “Pokrovskaya fair” is held in Nizhyn. It is the second largest fair after Sorochinskaya fair.

Also, the town is known for its tasty pickles. There is even a monument dedicated to Nizhyn pickles on one of the city streets.

Nizhyn pickle is one of the main symbols of the city.

According to legend, the Russian Empress Catherine II stopped here while traveling to the Crimea and, after she tasted local pickles, she ordered to serve only these pickles to the tsar table.

Nizhyn is a birthplace of the actor Mark Bernes, and the painter Nikolai Samokish.

It is the town where Yuri Fyodorovich Lisyansky was born and spent his childhood. He was a famous explorer, one of the leaders of the first Russian travel around the world which he made together with I.F.Kruzenshtern on the ships “Nadezhda” and “Neva” in 1803-1806.

The first wife of Pablo Picasso - Olga Khokhlova - was born in Nizhyn.

Nizhyn city, Ukraine photos

Nizhyn sights

The monument to Nizhyn Pickle

The monument to Nizhyn Pickle

Author: Vladimir Kalinin

The church in Nizhyn

The church in Nizhyn

Author: Kostenetsky Alexander

Nizhyn church

Nizhyn church

Author: Kostenetsky Alexander


Nizhyn picture

Nizhyn architecture

Nizhyn architecture

Author: Vladimir Kalinin


Explore Nizhyn - St. Nicholas Cathedral


The comments of our visitors

Michael Horner
Nizhyn history

My Grandfather (and Family) were born and raised in Nizhyn. My Grandfather met my Grandma who was from Bialystok, Poland and they married and came to Ellis Island in US in 1889.

My Fathers' side of the family goes back to Nizhyn area as far as we know to 1600's,after that we can not trace. I support Ukraine's right to free and democratic society free from the long history of Russian invasion.


Jake Sahl
Nezhin, the pickle city of the world

My mother, Jennie Livitin Sahl, was born in Nezhin, 1896.

She was the daughter of Yankel Halevi Livitin, married to my grandmother, Basha Krivoshay Livitin. My grandparents died in the 1915 flupandemic. I do have a photo of them in the typical clothing of that era.

My mom always referred to Nezhin as the "Pickle City". I was taken aback when I saw the picture of the pickle barrel with the pickle atop. Thank you so much. I treasure the photo!


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