Since the end of the XVIII century, Kontraktova Square in Kyiv has been always hosting annual fairs (from January to February). During the fairs, the whole area was filled with temporary shops, and the "headquarters" of the fair was the Contracts House, a building in which contracts were concluded between landlords and merchants.
In Kyiv, "Contracts congresses" timed to traditional Sretensky fairs, which took place annually before the winter holiday of the Presentation of the Lord. Thus, the congress showed itself not only as an exchange meeting, but also as a two-week continuous market. Numerous outstanding personalities have visited the Contracts House - writers Taras Shevchenko, Mykola Gogol, Alexander Pushkin, Honore de Balzac, pianist and composer Franz Liszt.
With the appearance of railways, stock exchanges, daily press, telegraph communication, the Contract fairs lost their significance in the life of Kyiv. The world war, the revolution and civil strife ceased the existence of the Contracts. Therefore, the building with the columns was rented. Now there is a commodity exchange in the Contracts House.
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