Tchernigov (or Tchernihiv), 87 miles north of Kiev, on the banks of the river Desna, is one of the oldest towns of Kiev Russia. Its groundwork dates back to the 8th century. Many buildings are still surviving from its peak, from the 11th to the 12th century. The elegant church of St.Catherine, in the Ukranian Baroque style and dedicated to the city's cossacks, houses a lovely museum of decorative arts. At the heart of the city, the Mykhaïlo Kotsioubynski park houses the Cathedral of our Saviour (Spasso Preobrajensky sobor) which containes multicoloured frescoes and 18th century icons. Just next door, the Borrissoglibski Cathedral is also worth a look. It is also worth visiting the city's History museum and the museum of applied Arts, which offers a pleasant collection of Ukranian works from the 17th to the 19th century.