Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
Region: Kyiv Oblast
Geographic Coordinates: 49.795600, 30.116700
Temperature Range: -30.0°C to 35.0°C (-22°F to 95°F)
Bila Tserkva is a city in the Kyiv Oblast of Ukraine, Located about 80 kilometers south of the capital city. The name Bila Tserkva means White Church in English and comes from a white stone church built by Polish settlers in the area during the 14th century. The city has a long history dating back to ancient times when it was part of the Scythian kingdom and later became part of Kievan Rus. It played an important role during the Mongol invasion and subsequent struggles for power between various rulers.
During World War II, Bila Tserkva was occupied by Nazi Germany and suffered significant damage. However, After the war, Many efforts were made to rebuild and restore its historic buildings and landmarks. Today, Bila Tserkva is known for its beautiful architecture including numerous churches and cathedrals that reflect its long history as an important religious center. St. Nicholas Cathedral is one notable example dating back to 1802. In addition to cultural heritage sites, Bila Tserkva also boasts several parks where visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling.
The most popular park is Sofiivka Park which features picturesque lakes, Fountains, Bridges, And walking paths. The city also has several museums dedicated to preserving its history including a local history museum showcasing artifacts from ancient times through modern day Ukraine. Bila Tserkva’s agricultural production with crops such as wheat, Corn, Sunflowers being grown throughout the region offers visitors fresh produce along with handmade crafts produced by local artisans at local markets.
Overall, Bila Tserkva offers visitors a unique mix of historical significance, Cultural heritage sites, Natural beauty, And agricultural bounty making it an ideal destination for those seeking to experience Ukraine’s rich culture.
- St. Nicholas Church
- Bila Tserkva Arboretum
- Victory Park
- Museum of Local Lore and History
- Hryhorii Skovoroda Museum of Culture and Art
- Bila Tserkva City Hall
- The House with Chimeras
- The Monument to Taras Shevchenko
- The Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi
- The Memorial Complex The Battle for Kyiv in 1943
- Production of crops such as wheat, barley, sunflower seeds, corn, and vegetables
- Food processing
- Canning fruits and vegetables
- Producing dairy products like cheese and butter
- Meat processing plants
- Construction materials such as bricks and tiles
- Shops selling a variety of items ranging from clothing to electronics to groceries
- Insurance companies
- Real estate agencies
- Historical landmarks such as St Nicholas Cathedral
- Parks like Shevchenko Park or Pushkin Park
- Ukrainian State Agrarian University – Faculty of Agricultural Technologies
- Kyiv National University of Construction & Architecture – Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Bogomolets National Medical University – Kyiv Medical Institute branch located here in Bila Tserkva
- The founding of Bila Tserkva dates back to the 11th century, when it was a small settlement on the banks of the Ros River.
- In 1569, Bila Tserkva became part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and remained under Polish rule until 1793.
- During World War II, Bila Tserkva was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944 and suffered significant damage during this time.
- Ivan Mazepa, a Ukrainian nobleman and military leader who played a significant role in the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia in the early 18th century, was born near Bila Tserkva.
- Vasyl Stus, a prominent Ukrainian poet and dissident who was imprisoned by Soviet authorities for his political views and died in a Gulag camp in Siberia in 1985, spent some time living in Bila Tserkva before his arrest.
- The Church of St. Nicholas is one of the most notable landmarks in Bila Tserkva; it dates back to the mid-17th century and has been restored several times over its history due to damage from wars or fires.
- In recent years, Bila Tserkva has become known for its growing IT industry; several tech companies have established offices there due to its proximity to Kyiv (about an hour’s drive away) but lower cost of living compared to Ukraine’s capital city.
- Bila Tserkva Museum of Local Lore is a museum that showcases the history and culture of Bila Tserkva and its surrounding areas.
- St. Nicholas Cathedral is a beautiful Orthodox cathedral located in the heart of Bila Tserkva.
- The White Church is a stunning 18th-century Baroque church that is one of the most iconic landmarks in Bila Tserkva.
- Shevchenko Park is a large park located in the center of town, featuring walking paths, fountains, and beautiful gardens.
- Mykhailo Hrushevskyi Museum is dedicated to the life and work of Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, one of Ukraine’s most famous historians.
- Art Center Mistetskyi Arsenal showcases contemporary Ukrainian art.
- Taras Shevchenko Memorial House-Museum honors Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s national poet and artist.
- The Monument to Prince Sviatoslav Vseslavych was erected in honor of Prince Sviatoslav Vseslavych who was born near Bila Tserkva.
- Khotynetsky Monastery is an ancient monastery situated on top on hill overlooking the city.
- Bogdan Khmelnitskiy Park is named after Bogdan Khmelnitskiy who was born near Bila Tserkva.
- Bila Tserkva City Day is an annual festival celebrated on the last weekend of June. The festivities include a parade, concerts, and various cultural and sporting events.
- The Festival of Folk Art Bilotsarski Shlyakhy takes place in August and showcases traditional Ukrainian folk art and crafts.
- In September, the International Jazz Festival Jazz Bez brings together jazz musicians from Ukraine and around the world for concerts and workshops.
- Bila Tserkva has a rich Orthodox Christian tradition, with many churches holding special services and processions during Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday.
- Independence Day is celebrated on August 24th each year as a national holiday marked by parades, fireworks displays, and other patriotic events throughout the city.
- Varenychna Babushka – a restaurant that specializes in traditional Ukrainian dumplings called varenyky.
- Puzata Hata – a chain of Ukrainian fast-food restaurants that serve traditional dishes such as borscht, salo (cured pork fat), and varenyky.
- Korchma Taras Bulba – a rustic-style restaurant that serves Ukrainian cuisine, including meat dishes cooked on an open fire.
- Lvivska Kopalnya Kavy – a coffee shop that offers various types of coffee and desserts inspired by Lviv’s culinary traditions.
- Svitlytsya Cafe & Bakery – a cozy cafe where you can enjoy homemade pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
- Staryi Mlyn Restaurant Complex – a complex with several restaurants offering different types of cuisine, including Ukrainian, Italian, and Japanese.
- Chaykhona Sadyba – an Uzbek-style tea house where you can try Uzbek dishes such as plov (rice pilaf) or shashlik (grilled meat skewers).
- Shato Grill Restaurant & Bar – A European-style steakhouse offering grilled meats like steaks or burgers along with cocktails and wine options for the perfect dining experience.
- Park of Culture and Rest named after Taras Shevchenko
- Central City Park
- Victory Park
- Gorky Park
- Children’s park Limpopo
- Waterpark Limpopo
- Horseback riding at the Hippodrome
- Beaches on the Kremenchuk reservoir
- Bila Tserkva Zoo
- Ice skating rink in Victory Park during winter months