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We study Kiev Mystical

Изучаем Киев Мистический

It is worth opening a map of the city to make sure that a lot of different devilry is associated with this city. Moreover, if the legends about Kiev witches are constantly spoken about, then the capital, alas, is not rich in ghosts, for the whole history it was possible to meet only one “woman in white”.

Open the map of Kiev, and your doubts about the mysticism of the capital of Ukraine will immediately dissipate. The Kiev names speak for themselves - only here is the Strait of Chertora, and so as not to seem a little, there is also a bay with the same name. We have this Lysogorskaya street, Lysogorsky descent, and recently there was a deli with the same name. It is we who live next door to the house of the deceased, the house with the chimeras and the house of the weeping widow. This is a huge number of caves in Kiev, and no one is surprised that there is a Snake Cave. The capital, in fact, is a cave city. And all that is connected with the underworld, alas, leaves behind itself a specific trace.

Our guide Natalya Yanovna Popova helped us learn a little more about the mysticism of Kiev, its witches, ghosts, houses in which no one lives and the first poltergeist.

In fact, we must admit that we live in a very witchy city. In the same Middle Ages they knew exactly where it was impossible to build. So, everything that others cannot do is possible for Kiev. It was impossible to build on the bottom of ravines, but in our ravines they have built, are building and will continue to build. Our main street Khreshchatyk was once a real Khreshchaty Yar. We know perfectly well that one cannot build on swamps.

We have a place called Dorogozhichi. The last part of the word "zichi" - just means the swamp. Well, one more "impossible" that we could not fail to violate - you can’t be built at intersections.

Or take Podil, we all know that we walk along the streets that were laid after a large-scale fire on Podil. And those houses that survived now show a clear direction of those streets that are no longer there, "says Natalya Yanovna.

It is worth noting that in Kiev the largest number of Bald Mountains is a favorite place for witches to hold covens. The fact is that they could not gather in the city, and therefore, as soon as the city began to grow, they had to look for a new place for gatherings.

Mysticism is easily spoken about in this city - after all, even the legends of the capital never featured good sorceresses. And the presence of witches in the city did not bother anyone. It was important to find out only if your neighbor was a witch. For this, the people of Kiev went to the undertaker, bought a board from which he was going to make a coffin, squeezed bitches out and looked through the hole at the neighboring site. Here at once everything fell into place.

At the same time, in our everyday life there is still the phrase "put in clean water", which means nothing more than a common test for witches. The girl was thrown into the hole, if she drowned - well ... a good girl was mistaken. Well, if not, it means a witch.

An echo of the same witchcraft is the phrase "there are not enough stars from the sky." Indeed, witches were bad in that they stole the dawn and stars from heaven in order to make money from them. So, when they say that a person from the sky does not have enough stars - this means that he is absolutely normal and does not deal with any devilry.


A very interesting, and no less mystical story happened with two Kiev icons.

There is a legend according to which Prince Vladimir, when he was baptized and still married again, brought two icons as a dowry to Kiev. One of them was called "Black Madonna", and was stored in the Church of the Tithes, according to the people of Kiev, and the second was stored in Pirogosh.

Later, Andrei Dobrolyubov took one of the icons to the next capital of Russia - Vladimir, and now this one is called "Vladimir Mother of God." But the second image around the world was badly reproached - she ended up in Helm, then in Czestochowa, where she was baptized and now she is an icon of the main patroness of Poland.

In addition, they claim that Saint Luke himself painted these icons on the board on which the holy family was sitting.


A very peculiar and mystical story is associated with the Elias Church. According to the tablet at the church, it was here that the baptism of Russia took place, and the first mention of it was back at the time when the prophetic Oleg signed a peace treaty with the Greeks. That is, before our country and this city became Christian.

"In the 1770s, during a terrible plague epidemic, the city allegedly managed to get rid of adversity by reading a prayer in the name of Allah in a Christian church. A quarantine was introduced around the city. They assure us that no one was allowed into or out of the territory. Riders checked at home and if they found the dead, they immediately burned down the house and sent the “contacts” to the islands. The people were very scared. If a person died at night, they tried to quickly bury him under the floor or toss him under a neighboring fence. People were brought to the last line, but the government didn’t knew what to do. Moreover, when a prisoner of the Turks said that it is necessary in the Christian church to read the prayer in the name of Allah, the people went out, that it was in Elijah's Church held a ceremony ", - says the guide.

Andreevsky Descent

It is curious that the most ancient street of Kiev turns out to be almost the most mystical in the whole capital.

The numbering of houses here is the opposite, which is slightly confusing. After all, just think that to become a witch - you need to read a prayer on the contrary, to become a sorcerer - you need to trample on the icon turned upside down. That is, everything that is vice versa is everything from the evil one.

But even on this, the mysticism of this street does not end - all in all, 38 houses are located here, while the buildings at number 13 are three.


Bulgakov and mysticism are certainly synonyms. Needless to say, during his life, Mikhail Afanasevich managed to live from different sides of the Bald Mountain, where witches, as you know, gather for the Sabbath. In addition, the Bulgakov Museum is located in house number 13, where he actually lived. But, the most amazing story, perhaps, is associated with a tombstone on the grave of the writer.

“His widow for a long time could not find a stone that would suit her and, as it seemed to her, would suit. Moreover, Bulgakov himself, while still alive, wrote about how he would like to be covered by Gogol’s overcoat. And so it happened, that when the government reburied Gogol and laid a new slab with the inscription “Tribute to the Soviet government to the famous Russian writer,” the first stone that stood on his grave was thrown out as unnecessary. It was this stone that the widow saw and wanted to put on Bulgakov’s grave, not knowing yet, that earlier he stood on m Gil Gogol - favorite writer Mikhail Bulgakov ", - says Natalya Yanovna.

By the way, by the centenary of Bulgakov, a museum was opened in this house. Guests and residents of the capital can come here to the terrace, enjoy tea with a variety of herbs, cakes and pies, as well as unusual jam from rose petals, walnuts and dogwood.


For a long time there were no ghosts in the capital. It seemed that the city is very worried - like this - everyone has it, but we don’t? Therefore, when in the unfinished house of the merchant Sulima along Lutheranskaya Street, the people of Kiev saw how the image of a woman in white moves along the en-suite of the second floor bedrooms - it seems that the city sighed calmly.

According to Natalia Yanovna, even diary entries have been preserved since then:

"People wrote that in the evenings they went with friends and relatives to this mansion, and holding their breath, waited for the cast to appear. Sometimes they had to stand for a long time, and therefore, while they were waiting, the Kievites had a bite to eat with the pies they took with them."

Alas, after a while, a fire broke out in the house, and no one heard anything else about the cast. This house, by the way, has survived to this day. True, he no longer looks like the merchant once dreamed of - and the house church was removed there, and the stucco molding had fallen off for a long time.

However, in compensation, we were presented with the first recorded poltergeist phenomenon, when such a word was not even mentioned at all.

The fact is that at the place where the Main Post Office is now, before the explosion in the fall of 1941, the house of Olga Dyakova was located on this place.

“Everyone in Kiev knew Olga Dyakova - firstly, her grandfather was the mayor, then her husband became the mayor - who did not know by grandfather, knew by husband,” says Natalya Popova.

And so, in one of the apartments of the apartment building furniture began to move, linen to fly. They called the holy fathers, who sprinkled the room with holy water, recited a prayer. But, alas, things continued to move.

"Without knowing what else to do, apparently out of desperation, they called the gendarmes. But what could the police do in such a situation? They sealed the door, the protocol was drawn up. Such a detective story is told by the protocol of November 16, 1902, certified by the gendarmes. So, what boldly it can be argued that the first recorded poltergeist phenomenon occurred in our marvelous city, "the guide continues.


There are also such houses in Kiev in which people simply do not get along. One of them is the castle of Richard the Lionheart. Most residents of the capital, even the house numbers do not remember only its name. It is curious that the building has been standing behind a building fence for more than 30 years.

In general, nothing portended trouble. There is a legend that the first developer Orlov did not buy this plot. And all would be fine, but Orlov intended to place on it not the usual two-story houses usual for Andreevsky, but a real castle. But, when interior finishing work had already begun, a fire broke out in the house, in which two people died. The house had to be rebuilt from scratch. To do this, Orlov takes a loan from a bank, and in order to pay it off, leaves his wife and children here and goes to the Urals. There, in the forest, when he returned with money, he was killed by a robber.

Here the widow with many children remains. She does not sell the house, but completes it. But, the people who entered the house very quickly left it. True, for the money of the widow - her movers, her carts. At this point, she gave up and sold the house. There are legends that troubles began after the widow did not pay extra to the stove-makers (namely, stove-makers and healers are considered the closest to witchcraft).


Another mystical story will delight another house on St. Andrew's Descent. Earlier on this place stood almost the same two-story gray house. For a while there he rented rooms for receiving patients - Feofil Yanovsky. The people of Kiev called him a holy doctor - he would still be paid for his work, or not, the main thing is to defeat the disease. When he was once robbed, things were returned under the house in the morning and left a note: "Sorry, we were overlooked in the dark." And when the doctor died, he was buried all of Kiev. Nobody stole that day, only all the flowers disappeared from the flower beds - first the white lilies, his beloved, were gone.

He often told the story that one day a young girl, probably a schoolgirl, in a brown dress still came to his house. She said that her mother fell ill in Podil, and she would be very grateful if Yanovsky went down to her house and provided the necessary assistance. The doctor promised and did it.

When he was already writing out the prescription, Yanovsky looked around and realized that most likely there was no money in this house for the necessary medicines. And in order to distract the patient while he stuffed the bills under the pillow, he pointed to the woman at the portrait of the girl on the wall - that was that morning stranger in a brown dress. He asked who the patient was with this girl, to which she replied that it was her daughter, who had died a year ago. According to Yanovsky himself, after this incident, he could not receive anyone for several more days.