The picturesque palace in Kyiv on the high right bank of Dnipro is one of the most beautiful buildings of the city and the ceremonial residence of the President. The palace was built by the order of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in 1744. The Baroque project was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the most famous architect of Russia in the Elizabethan era. Under the guidance of one of the students of Rastrelli, Ivan Michurin, as well as a group of other architects, the palace was completed in 1752. However, Elizabeth did not have time to visit the palace. The first royal special, who stopped at the Mariinsky Palace, was Catherine II, who visited Kyiv in 1787. At the turn of the XVIII - XIX centuries the palace was the residence of the governors-general of the Kyiv province.
After restoration, the Kyiv palace was renamed to Mariinsky Palace in honor of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna. At her request, a large park was created on the south side of the palace, also called the Mariinsky. The palace served as a residence for members of the imperial family visiting Kyiv until 1917. In Soviet times, a semicircular platform with fountains appeared on the territory of the palace. For many years, the Mariinsky Palace has been closed for reconstruction.
This year Eurovision is hosted by our the native town for 112.international – Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
Follow the final of Eurovision 2017 on Saturday May 13, with semi-finals on May 9 and 11.