Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral is one of the oldest shrines in Ukraine.
It was built in the early X century by the Chernigiv Prince Mstislav Vladimirovich, as a tomb for the princely family.
On the territory of the cathedral there is a burial place of the famous representatives of the princely family that ruled Chernigiv for several centuries - the Princes Mstislav Vladimirovich, Svyatoslav Yaroslavovich, Igor Olgovich (canonized by the church), Vsevolod Svyatoslavovych (mentioned in "The Lay of Igor’s Warfare") and Jaroslav Vsevolodovich.
In the 940s, the construction of the cathedral was completed and it was called Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (The Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral).
It was built according to the Byzantine architectural canons. Many architects and historians suppose that the cathedral is a unique phenomenon in Ukraine, as far as none of the Old Russian cathedrals has the similar design.
The facades of the temple are decorated with figured brick work and stone carving (meanders and braiding). The shrine has been surprisingly preserved up to now.
The main attraction of the cathedral is a wooden iconostasis made in Baroque style. It was created in the XVIII century. It replaced the iconostasis that was created in the late XVII century and burned in a fire.
In the XVIII century, the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral was reconstructed several times. The round towers with spiers were erected and the shape of the domes was modified.
In the late XVIII century, hallows of St. Feodosy Chernigivsky were passed to the monastery.
At the early XIX century, during the repair and construction works the entry section (lobbies) were built out. Today, we can still see the results of that reconstruction.
Throughout its lifetime, the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral was worshiped not only by ordinary Christians, but also by the aristocrats and members of the royal family (which ruled the Russian Empire, including Ukraine, up to 1917).
Since the XIX century, the cathedral belongs to the cultural and historical monuments of Ukraine. An exploration of its history and architectural features has been conducted up to now.
Today, the Spaso-Preobrazensky Cathedral is a functional temple that belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
It is protected by the state as a part of the National historical sanctuary "Ancient Chernigiv".