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General’s House in Chernovtsy

Architecture in Chernovtsy has been forming for centuries, which made it rather diverse and unique, with rich cultural heritage and atmosphere of tolerance. Varying relief contributed to different landscapes within the city, enhanced by numerous domes of churches and a clock tower of the city hall. Old streets and steep turns start near Prut river.

One of the architectural attractions of Chernovtsy is a seemingly inconspicuous house in Shkolnaya street. It doesn’t look any different from the 2-storyed houses of 8 apartments each known everywhere in Ukraine from USSR times. However, there is one thing that makes this house stand out among the rest, and that’s the fact that this house is the first building in Chernovtsy built of stone; before that only wood was used for construction.

General's House in Chernovtsy

The house was constructed in 1780 for a Bukovina general governor Baron Karl von Entsenberg. He made his contribution to development of Chernovtsy by paying attention to economic issues of the whole region, and not just the city of Chernovtsy. His house became the starting point in the regular building of Chernovtsy city centre. Russian Emperor Alexander II stayed in the General’s house in 1823, during his trip to see Franz I, Austrian Cesar.

Nowadays General Entsenberg’s house belongs to private owners. The first floor is occupied by shops, and the second houses several offices. The façade was painted light-grey, and windows were changed into PVC constructions.

In 2012 Chernovtsy was chosen the most comfortable city of Ukraine. The first building made of stone in Chernovtsy also contributed to this award.

Address of General’s house: Chernovtsy, Shkolnaya street, 1.

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