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View of Chyhyryn from the city's Castle Hill.
View of Chyhyryn from the city's Castle Hill.
Flag of Chyhyryn
Coat of arms of Chyhyryn
Coat of arms
Chyhyryn is located in Cherkasy Oblast
Location of Chyhyryn
Chyhyryn is located in Ukraine
Chyhyryn (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 49°04′38″N 32°38′57″E / 49.07722°N 32.64917°E / 49.07722; 32.64917Coordinates: 49°04′38″N 32°38′57″E / 49.07722°N 32.64917°E / 49.07722; 32.64917
Country Ukraine
Oblast Cherkasy Oblast
RaionChyhyryn Raion
City rights1592
 • MayorSerhiy Oleksiiovych Tymchenko
 • Total14 km2 (5 sq mi)
124 m (407 ft)
 • Total8,655
 • Density854/km2 (2,210/sq mi)
Postal code
Area code(s)+380 4730
WebsiteVerkhovna Rada - City of Chygyrin[permanent dead link]

Chyhyryn (Ukrainian: Чигири́н, pronounced [tʃɪɦɪˈrɪn]) is a city and historic site located in the Cherkasy Oblast of central Ukraine. From 1648 to 1669 the city was a Hetman residence. After a forced relocation of the Ruthenian Orthodox metropolitan see from Kyiv in 1658, it became a full-fledged capital of the Cossack Hetmanate. Chyhyryn also became a traditional place for the appointment to the office of Hetman of Zaporizhian Host. Chyhyryn serves as administrative center of Chyhyryn Raion. Population: 8,655 (2020 est.)[1]


Chyhyryn (Ukrainian: Чигирин) or Chigirin (Russian: Чигири́н) Polish: Czehryń, Turkish: Çigirin or Çehrin.


The city on the banks of Tiasmyn River is the administrative center of the Chyhyryn Raion. The city lies at an altitude of 124 metres above mean sea level. Minor industries, such as food and furniture factories, are the basis of the town economy in the 21st century.


The area (1320–1569) had been part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was ceded to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (in the Kijów Voivodeship [Kyiv or Kiev] of the Crown of Poland) before the Union of Lublin. It was granted Magdeburg Rights in 1592 by Sigismund III Vasa.

Chyhyryn on the Tiasmin River. A fragment of the Tractus Borysthenis Vulgo Dniepr at Niepr dicti map by Joannii Janssonii (Amsterdam, 1663)

Chyhyryn is first mentioned as a fortified Cossack winter station. In 1638, Bohdan Khmelnytsky became its starosta (regional leader), and in 1648 it became the newly elected Hetman's residence and the capital of the Cossack state, the Zaporozhian Host. During the Russo-Turkish War (1676–1681) it was the center of two bloody campaigns (1675–76 and 1677–78). In 1678 the castle of Chyhyryn was blown up by the retreating Russian garrison that was stationed there, while the Turkish forces sacked the rest of the city. After this, it gradually lost its significance. It remained the center of the Chyhyryn regiment until 1712 and upon the final incorporation into the Russian Empire (1793) it became part of the Kyiv region.

In 1917 a congress of Free Cossacks took place in Chyhyryn. At that congress by tradition Pavlo Skoropadsky was elected as the Hetman of the Cossacks (later in 1918 in Kyiv, he was elected the Hetman of Ukraine as well).

During World War II, Chyhyryn was occupied by the German Army from August 7, 1941 to December 12, 1943.

In 1989 the population of the city was 12 853 people.[2]

Notable people[edit]


The Trinity Monastery, built near Chyhyryn in 1627, was later destroyed by the Soviet authorities. Other historical landmarks, such as the town hall and Khmelnytsky's palace, did not survive either. After Ukraine regained independence, Hetman's residence was restored and became a museum.


International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Chyhyryn is twinned with:

City Country Year of Signing
Sebastopol, California Flag of the United States.svgUnited States 1993


  1. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  2. ^ Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность городского населения союзных республик, их территориальных единиц, городских поселений и городских районов по полу

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