—  Urban village  —
В'їзд до Любеча
Entry to Lyubech
Lubech prapor
Lubech gerb
Coat of arms

Lyubech is located in Ukraine
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Location in Ukraine

Lyubech is located in Chernihiv Oblast
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Location in Chernihiv Oblast
Coordinates: 51°42′18″N 30°39′42″E / 51.705, 30.66167Coordinates: 51°42′18″N 30°39′42″E / 51.705, 30.66167
Country Ukraine
Oblast Chernihiv Oblast
Rayon Ripky Rayon
First mentioned 882
 • Total 6.00 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
Population (1 Jan 2017)
 • Total 2,084
 • Density 371.3/km2 (962/sq mi)
Postal Code 15041
Phone code 380 4641

Liubech or Lyubech (Ukrainian: Любеч|, Polish: Lubecz) is an urban village located in Ripky Rayon, in Chernihiv Oblast (province) of northern Ukraine. It is a small ancient town (first mentioned in 882) connected with many important events since the times of Kievan Rus'. Lyubech is 250 kilometers (160 mi) north of the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and located near the Belarusian border. Population: 2,084


In 1018 there was a great battle between the army of the Grand Prince of Kiev Svyatopolk the Accursed and the Prince of Novgorod Yaroslav the Wise who was rushing to seize power in the whole Rus'. In 1097 the Council of Lyubech (1097) was held here. It was initiated by Vladimir II Monomakh and divided the land of the Kievan Rus' between the princes.

In the 14th century, Lyubech became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1632, Polish King Sigismund III Vasa granted Lubecz city rights. It was a royal city of Poland. From 1635 to 1667 it was part of the Chernihiv Voivodeship of the Lesser Poland Province of the Polish Crown.

St. Anthony of the Caves (Anthony of Kiev) also known as Antony Pechersky, was born in Liubech in 983. He established the first Ukrainian monastery known now as Kiev Pechersk Lavra, and is considered to be the father of East Slavic monasticism.[1]


  • Любеч and article in Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary

Coordinates: 51°40′59″N 30°37′01″E / 51.683, 30.617