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Haunted House? No! House with Chimeras!

4. March 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

The House with Chimeras sits on a steep slope overlooking a swamp and many said nothing could be built on that precarious plot of land. However, prominent architect Vladislav Gorodetsky accepted the challenge and designed this amazing exhibit of architecture that is visited by thousands of tourists each year. One legend suggests that other architects wagered that it couldn’t be done, but Gorodetsky obviously won the bet.

 

Construction began in 1901 and surprisingly took only 2 years to complete. The most intriguing detail about the building is the numerous sculptures adorning the exterior. Italian sculptor Emilio Sala is credited with the creation of the many mermaids, dolphins, frogs, and others. Another legend tells the tale of how Gorodetsky’s daughter committed suicide by jumping into the Dnieper River so the architect wanted a house covered in the creatures that surrounded her during her last moments of life. Others believe he was just an avid hunter with an affinity for animals since a variety of exotic wildlife and hunting scenes are also depicted.

 

Originally designed as an apartment building, Gorodetsky lived in the house himself, along with his tenants. It soon became too expensive to maintain the building and it was auctioned off, changing ownership many times over the years. Among its inhabitants were the Kiev military, actors from the nearby Ivano Franko Theater, and eventually doctors and patients of the elite Communist Polyclinic.

 

Large cracks and chips in the building’s foundation caused the Kiev City Council to order a $30 million restoration project in 2003. Afterward, the House of Chimeras became a museum for a short time, before being named as an official presidential residence. Today, the Ukrainian President often meets with foreign delegations, signs documents, and holds press conferences here. When visiting your favorite Ukrainian ladies, be sure to take a look at the House with Chimeras, located on Bankova Street in the historic Pechersk neighborhood in Kyiv.

 

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine