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House with Chimaeras: One of the most recognizable Kyiv attractions

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House with Chimeras is one of the first concrete buildings in Ukraine's capital
17:52, 1 April 2017

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This spectacular building, created by architect Vladyslav Horodetsky in 1901-1903, is one of the most recognizable Kyiv attractions. Its name was given to the house thanks to sculptural ornaments, located both on the facade and inside. Subjects of sculptures are terrestrial and underwater fauna, attributes of hunting, plants. All the sketches were designed by the sculptor Elio Salya.

Despite the name, there are no real chimaeras neither outside nor inside the house. All figures are just quite detailed images of the real animals (rhinoceroses, deer, crocodiles, elephants, and others). Even sculpted mermaids in fact are just girls riding on fishes. The choice of subjects of sculptures is explained simply: Gorodetsky was an avid hunter and, according to rumors, traveled the world to replenish the collection of trophies with exotic animals. His "House with Chimeras" is one of the first concrete buildings in Kyiv. There is a version that the architect, who also owned the cement plant, built it to promote the reliability of the material. Among other things, the building was erected over a precipice, and many of Gorodetsky's contemporaries were convinced that it would not survive in such conditions. But you  can see the building today. However, once the building still needed an urgent reconstruction, when its piles lost their supporting function, and the house split into two parts. In 2003, the works were completed, but the restorers chose not to straighten the building - this would mean its reconstruction, and the task was to preserve the unique structure. To mount the windows in the walls that have been distorted from the time, the craftsmen had to make curved window frames. In the courtyard, an artificial lake was created, fountains and a garden with an alpine slide. Now it is used as the residence of the president of Ukraine.

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