Novhorod-Siverskyi (Ukrainian: Новгород-Сіверський,
Novhorod Siverskyi, Ukrainian pronunciation: [ˈnɔwɦorod
ˈsʲiwersʲkɪj]; Russian: Но́вгород-Се́верский,
Novgorod-Seversky; Polish: Nowogród Siewierski) is a historic city in
Chernihiv Oblast (province) of Ukraine. It is the administrative
Novhorod-Siverskyi Raion, though it is incorporated as a
city of oblast significance and does not belong to the raion.
Novhorod-Siverskyi is situated on the bank of the Desna River,
330 km from the capital, Kiev, and 45 km south of the
Russian border. Population: 13,762 (2015 est.)
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The town was first chronicled in 1044. From 1098 it was the capital of
the Siverian Principality, which served as a buffer zone against
incursions of the
Cumans (Polovtsy) and other steppe peoples. One of
the numerous campaigns of local princes against the
the great monument of early East Slavic literature, the Tale of Igor's
After the town's destruction by Mongols in 1239, it passed to the
Bryansk and then to the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. It was
Dymitr Korybut (Kaributas), son of Algirdas.
the area following the
Battle of Vedrosha
Battle of Vedrosha in 1503, but lost it to
Poland after the Time of Troubles. The town finally passed to Russia
as a result of the Russo-Polish War (1654-1667). During the Cossack
epoch, it received the status of military company town (sotenne misto)
and later regimental town (polkove misto); these were military and
administrative divisions in the Cossack army and country. Also
Novhorod-Siverskyi became a cultural center of Left-Bank Ukraine. It
was made the capital of a separate namestnichestvo in 1782–97.
Thereafter its importance steadily declined.
During World War II,
Novhorod-Siverskyi was occupied by the German
Army from 26 August 1941 to 16 September 1943.
Despite historic disasters, the town has preserved many architectural
monuments, and a branch of the
Chernihiv State Historical and
Architectural Preserve has been established. The town has managed to
keep random planning in its landscape. The boundary of the town
historical center is vague. The tourist attractions are located on two
high capes divided by ravines: the ensemble of Our Savior and
Transfiguration Monastery and the town centre. The architectural
monuments of state significance are scattered on five separate areas
which compose the territory of the preserve. The biggest area is the
territory of Our Savior and Transfiguration Monastery. The other areas
are Uspensky (Dormition) Cathedral, the wooden St. Nicolas church, a
triumphal arch, and shopping arcades. There are constructions and
residential buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries in the town
centre. The main point of interest in the town is the former residence
Chernihiv metropolitans, the monastery of the Saviour's
Transfiguration. It features a ponderous Neoclassical cathedral
(1791–96, design by Giacomo Quarenghi), seventeenth-century stone
walls, and several ecclesiastic foundations dating from the sixteenth
century. Other landmarks include the
Cossack Baroque Assumption
cathedral, a triumphal arch (1787), and the wooden church of St.
Novhorod-Siverskyi. Holy Transfiguration Monastery. View from the
walls of the monastery.
Monument of Yaroslavna
House of seminary
Cathedral of the Assumption
Alley of Heroes
Alley of Shevchenko
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Novhorod-Siverskyi.
Novhorod-Siverskyi on the Official Tourism website of
(in Ukrainian, nice photographs)
Some of the sites at Podorozh Ukraïnoyu (in Ukrainian, with pictures)
Forum[permanent dead link] (in Russian, city info basically copied
from the in Russian)
The murder of the Jews of
Novhorod-Siverskyi during World War II, at
Yad Vashem website.
Administrative divisions of
Administrative center: Chernihiv
^ "Чисельність наявного населення
України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian).
State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 1 July