The city's earliest history is unknown, but it was first mentioned in history in 907 AD, during which time it is thought to have been a city state with its own rulers. By the 11th Century, it was one of the most powerful cities in Eastern Europe, and became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1353. Through its history, the city has been destroyed, sacked, and burned numerous times, and rebuilt.
Today, Chernihiv is known for its history, architecture, historic train station, monasteries, and arts.
People Born in Chernihiv
Chernihiv in People's Lives
Joseph Conrad: After our family was banished to the forgotten, frigid town of Vologda, the Polish government ordered us to be moved from there to this city in January of 1863, where our banishment continued though my father's sentence as a revolutionary was officially commuted. I was 6 years old. Weather here, thankfully, was far less harsh. In 1864, my mother died of tuberculosis, when I was aged 7. My father devoted himself to raising me alone, and homeschooled me. I became an avid reader, particularly of Polish writers Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Slowacki, but also of Victor Hugo and Shakespeare. My father and I moved to Lviv, Ukraine in December of 1867, when I was 10 years old.