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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ukraine

Explore the ancient sites and dive into the world heritage in Ukraine. Being a country with a thousand-year history and a meeting place of various cultures, we are proud to have 7 UNESCO world heritage sites.

St. Sophia Cathedral & Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Dating back as far as the XI century, St. Sophia Cathedral preserves one of the world’s largest ensemble of unique mosai​​cs and frescoes of the first quarter of that century. 

St. Sophia Cathedral
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An outstanding monument not only of Ukrainian but also of world culture, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, is an Orthodox monastery founded in 1051 by monks Anthony and Theodosius near Kyiv. In the XI century, the monastery became the center of Christianity in Kyivan Rus

Lviv Historic Centre Ensemble

The whole ancient part of Lviv city has been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded in 1254 and since then has never changed its name. Lviv has the largest number of architectural monuments in Ukraine. To name a few — the Town Hall, the ensemble of Rynok Square, the Black House, the Kornyakt Palace, the former Dominican Church, the Royal Arsenal, the Powder Tower, the City Arsenal, the Bernardine Monastery, the Latin Cathedral, St. George’s Cathedral and others.

Ancient Lviv
Photo: Yevhenii Khaustov,

Struve Geodetic Arc

The cross-border object of scientific and cultural heritage “Struve Arc” consists of 258 triangles that formed a chain of 256 main points. The total length of the chain is 2820 meters.

Thanks to the Arc, we were able to establish the correct size and shape of the planet Earth and prove Newton’s theory that our planet is a three-dimensional oval.

Virgin Beech Forests of the Carpathians 

78 separate forests are located in 15 countries. 12 of them (25%) are in Ukraine.

Carpathian forest
Photo: Bohdan Mahdych,

Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans

Being actually a university campus, but resembling a medieval castle is located in Chernivtsi in the western part of Ukraine. 

Chernivtsi University
Photo: Oleksandr Zherskyi,

Wooden Churches of the Carpathian Region

16 wooden churches of the Carpathian region of Ukraine and Poland were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. Eight of them are located in Ukraine. Churches are built in four architectural styles – Galician, Lemko, Boyko, and Hutsul. This is an example of the already lost tradition of wood construction.


The ancient and Byzantine city-state of Chersonese Tavria is located in the southwestern part of Crimea. 

Ruins of Chersonese
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It was founded by Greek in 422-421 BC. In ancient times, Chersonese was an important political, trade, and craft center of the peninsula. The history of this city is part of the history of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantium, and Kyivan Rus.

Learn more about which heritage sites UNESCO protects in Ukraine in the video by Ukraïner.

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