A brick church constructed on the site of a wooden temple. The first mention of this building dates back to 1691.
Before a stone church appeared in Derhachi, a town 20 km from Kharkiv, a wooden single-domed church built in 1685 had stood here for a century and a half.
Around that time, the architectural style of Classicism started conquering the world, spreading from France to European cities such as Berlin, Milan, Naples, London and traveling overseas to the United States. The impact of Classical architecture was so great that it remained popular around the Western world until the 19th century. Kharkiv region was no exception, and in 1838, a new church in the style of late Classicism was built on the site of the old one in Derhachi, designed by architect Fedir Danylov.
The building was marked by its clear architectural forms, a bell tower, and one large dome. In the new church, as well as in the old one, four altars were installed, with the main one dedicated to Virgin Mary. From its predecessor, the Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin also inherited an iconostasis and printed relics, New Testament (1644) and Conversations of John Chrysostom (1624), which have been preserved here to this day.
With the advent of the Soviets, the church suffered the fate of many other religious institutions: worship was banned, and later the building was used as a tractor station that provided the peasants with agricultural machinery. During the USSR period, the church was opened for worship and then banned again several times. With the restoration of independence of Ukraine, repair and restoration work was carried out here, and a Sunday school was built.
However, on April 4, 2022, as a result of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, a Russian artillery shell flew into the yard of the Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. The shelling damaged facades and windows and destroyed the Sunday school and church store.
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Kharkiv National University named after Vasyl Karazin, founded in 1804, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education not only in Ukraine, but also in Eastern Europe.
National Literary Memorial Museum of the Ukrainian Philosopher and Poet (18th-century building).
The central square of Kharkiv. It ranks sixth in Europe. Here are the most important administrative institutions of the city.
190-years-old architectural monument in the classical style, built in 1832, which used to be the manor of Kharkiv officials and became an excellent illustration of Kharkiv’s life in the 19th century.
Built thanks to the cooperation of students, professors, and institute personnel of the Kharkiv Polytechnic between 1985 and 1991, the sports complex became the site for practising over 30 different kinds of sport, as well as an Olympic training base and the only sports facility in Ukraine to receive the State Award in architecture.
An ancient building, erected in one of the historical neighbourhoods of Kharkiv in the early 20th century. Several generations of Ukrainians have studied at this school for more than a hundred years.
A building of the beginning of the ХХ century in eclecticism style, which housed a female gymnasium from the time of construction and until the 1920s.
Church in the largest residential area of Kharkiv – Saltivka. The architecture of the building, built in 2013 for the Independence Day of Ukraine, resonates with Ukrainian Baroque traditions.
One of the largest Fine Arts museums of Ukraine. The museum’s collection is one of the oldest and most valuable artistic properties of Ukraine.
One of the oldest musical theaters and the first permanent opera house of Ukraine. Its history dates back to the end of the 18th century.
The main center of ensuring the accuracy of measurements in Ukraine with more than a century of history.
Former House of Judicial Institutions was constructed in the best Neo-Renaissance traditions. The building has the features of Italian palazzos and the exterior of the house stands out due to its sophisticated design.
An extraordinary building of the early 20th century in the architectural ensemble of the Constitution Square in Kharkiv built in the Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism styles.
In 1940, 3809 captive Polish officers and 500 Polish civilians were shot here by order of the Soviet government.
The oldest square in the city. From XVIII to early XX centuries, this place became the centre of the city culture.
This house became a home for Ukrainian writers and artists in 1928. The Soviet government built it for the Ukrainian intellectuals, but soon this place turned out to be a trap.
Holocaust Memorial Complex (menorah monument of 2002).
The cathedral is the oldest Orthodox church in Kharkiv and has great historical and art value.
Architectural monument, built in 1884–1886. For more than 130 years, the building has helped save the city and its citizens from fires.