The Main Building of Chernivtsi University

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The Main Building of Chernivtsi University
The postcard shows a part of the building of the Residence of the Greek-Orthodox Bishop in Chernivtsi. From 1873 on he was the Metropolitan of the Bukowina and Dalmatia, being the head of all Orthodox believers in the Habsburg Empire. The impressive structure was buit between 1864 and 1882 and replaced an older residence from the 1780s. It sits on a hill overlooking the city. In the 1880s the top of this hill behind the gardens of the Residence got the name Habsburgshöhe. The driving force behind the project was Bishop Eugen Hacman, the architect was Josef Hlavka from Bohemia. The necessary amount of 1,75 million Guilders came mainly from the funds of the Greek-Orthodox Church of the Bukowina (Griechisch Orientalischer Religionsfonds). The ensemble in moorish-byzantine style consists of three wings which surround an inner courtyard: the central Bishop’s residence, the Seminary with a church to the left and the monastery on the right side. Behind the Bishop’s residence there is a large private garden. The postcard shows the rigth wing of the palace where the monastry was located nad the othodox clergy lived. At some times the building also housed a student’s home, a candle factory and a museum for religious art. The tiles of the roof reflect colours and designs of folk art of the Bukowina. After the second Wold War the Bishop moved to Romania and the building, which was severely damaged by fire during the war, was handed over to the University of Chernivtsi, as main building of which it serves until today.
Helmut Kusdat
Czernowitz, Orthodox Churches, Bishop’s Residence, Universities
Simon Gross, Czernowitz
90х140 mm
Library of the Institute of Ethnology, Lviv
On obverse:
In German: Gruss aus Czernowitz, Priesterhaus.
On reverse:
In German: Verlag Simon Gross, Czernowitz, Hauptstrasse

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ID: 01032
City: Lviv
Date: 1961-1965
Format: Unknown
Creator: E. Kalika
Publisher: Unknown
Copyright: Central State Kinofotofono Archive after G.S. Pshenychny
Subject: St. Elisabeth Church, Kropyvnytskoho Square, buildings, cars, truck, passersby
ID: 03753
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Date: 1882-1900
Format: 120х170 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Copyright: Helmut Kusdat
Subject: Czernowitz, Orthodox Churches, Bishop’s Residence, Universities
Unknown location
ID: 11861
City: Unknown location
Date: 1963
Format: Unknown
Creator: Sviatoslav Vdovenko
Publisher: Unpublished resources
Copyright: Juriy Vdovenko
Subject: village, church, landscape
ID: 02257
City: Lviv
Date: 1925-1930
Format: 90х140 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Copyright: Ihor Kotlobulatov
Subject: Potockiego St., House of the Handmaidens of the Most Holy Virgin Mary order
ID: 10682
City: Lviv
Date: 1950-1980
Format: Unknown
Creator: R. Yakymenko
Publisher: R. Yakymenko
Copyright: Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
Subject: Building, Chapel
ID: 03439
City: Nachod
Date: 1915
Format: Unknown
Creator: J. Volken
Publisher: Claudia Erdheim, Das Stetl. Galizien und Bukowina 1890–1918. Album Verlag, Wien 2008.
Copyright: Claudia Erdheim
Subject: Synagogue, architectural details, decor, refugees, people
ID: 02366
City: Lviv
Date: 1938-1939
Format: 150х100 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: M. Yanishevski
Copyright: Ihor Kotlobulatov
Subject: Church, architecture, courtyard
ID: 02255
City: Lviv
Date: 1900
Format: 140х90 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: Remmler & Jonas, Dresden
Copyright: Ihor Kotlobulatov
Subject: The Engagement of Virgin Mary and St. Josef Church, architecture
ID: 03201
City: Lviv
Date: 1908-1909
Format: 140х90 mm
Creator: Jan Peltz
Publisher: "Tencha", Lwow
Copyright: Ihor Kotlobulatov
Subject: Church, courtyard, arcade