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Secret Kiev or the city that we do not notice

The fact is that the territory on which this or that house stands has its own characteristics and even unexpected.

Two hundred years ago, there was a burial place in the very center, at the beginning of Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, where the five-star Premier Palace building was located - the Lutheran cemetery: rainwater periodically "washed away the sandy soil, now and then exposing the coffins."

For example, in the very center, at the beginning of Taras Shevchenko Boulevard (where the corps of the five-star Premier Palace), two hundred years ago, there was a burial place - a Lutheran cemetery: rainwater periodically "washed away the sandy soil, now and then exposing the coffins." And on Mikhaylovskaya Square, in even more ancient times, Uniates were buried. When in 1868 they began to break the square, they found many human remains. In the twentieth century, many Kiev cemeteries were demolished and built up: the former necropolises near Askold's grave, Schekavitsa (where the radio tower now stands) are known, on Zamkova Hill, in Kirillovskaya Grove, etc., a lot has been written about the destroyed Jewish cemeteries in the place of the telecentre building, Botanical Garden on Zveritsa (Greetings to Triumph) ... A skyscraper in front of the Pokrovsky Monastery grew on bones, and only the brick gates, which once led to the Ascension Church and the cemetery, still stand, marked with a sign "Artem, 46". Prestigious Lukyanovka. Zvintor emerged spontaneously and according to descriptions of the end of the 19th century: “the livestock of Lukyanov ordinary people walked freely around the necropolis, and“ these animals dump crosses and grids at the graves, pigs tear the very graves and tear out the bones of the deceased, dragging them across the cemetery. ” year, a new tram was launched along the newly laid Belorusskaya Street, which had previously walked along Melnikov, and a reversal ring was made on the site of the cemetery. Then the cemetery territory was swallowed by adjacent sections of Kiev Higher Engineering Radio Engineering Kokirsk School and Motozavod .... The place of the former cemetery is easy to “figure out” on the city plan: the directions of Belorusskaya and Pugachev streets will cross. Kopylovskoye cemetery is exactly opposite to the Kirillovskaya church and the hospital. Residents of Kurenivka used it because of the tightness of the graveyard the parish church of St. Peter and Paul. Then the land was allotted for a new Kurenevskoye cemetery (behind Syretskaya Street), and in 1927 the small Kopylovsky necropolis was declared closed. In 1962, the city executive committee decided to liquidate the Kopylovsky cemetery. Now, in front of the Church of St. Cyril, there is a green slope, at the beginning of Zakharyevskaya Street, new residential houses have grown. And deep beneath the slope hidden forgotten graves.

  • - At the Mettsta Victory Square was a Jewish bazaar. Evbaz was called.
  • - The Verkhovna Rada is located on the site of an Indian cemetery.
  • - On the territory of the hospital on the mulberry, there were burials of sick plague cattle. Now there is a building ...
  • - I read somewhere that there used to be pagan temples in the territory of Troyeshchina, and the place was killed ...
  • - A part of Tsarskoye Selo and the territory of Suvorov is the burial place of people of tsarist times.


Cage with crows
They are ravens, notice, not wars. Their names are Cyril, Carlos and Corbin. They live in a huge cage in an ordinary courtyard in the center of the city. Residents of the yard, as well as their numerous guests, take care of them and compose legends about where these birds came from. Having been near the cage three times, we heard three completely different stories. So, someone Arthur assured us that the birds met here by chance. First, a couple flew into the courtyard - Corbin and Carlos. Then Kirill also flew in, after which a love triangle formed: the old Corbin became jealous of Carlos for Cyril, so Corbin was taken away a separate sector in the common cell. st. Reitarskaya, 9, in the yard.
Lift for one
According to the certificate given to us by an old woman who has lived in this house all her life, the elevator was commissioned by some important minister in the 50s. The minister believed that large elevators threaten his safety, and preferred to ride from floor to floor alone. The elevator is really tiny, you can only fit there if you are aiming for real intimacy. st. Prorizna.
Destroyer on Rybalsky Island
He is the monitor of “Zheleznyakov”, the ship-legend. Basic information about its history and characteristics can be read in the same place, on a memorial plaque, but it is not at all necessary to go there. The place is good because: firstly, the ship can be easily climbed, secondly, on the Rybalsky island it is almost always quiet, it is nice to sunbathe (on concrete slabs), and swing (on the swings, which are always empty), and swim (in the Dnieper, which is not always clean, but nearby). from the street. Roll the lower shaft onto the cable-stayed bridge.
Well houses
With the hero of the day, Peter, in this sense, Kiev is ridiculous. As far as we know, we have only two well-houses. The house, sandwiched between the streets of Gorodetsky and Stanislavsky, is built in the shape of a square, that is, if you can get to the attic, you can walk along the perimeter of the whole house. Another, designed on the same principle, is located on ul. Tereschenkovskaya, exactly behind the back of the monument to Shevchenko. st. Gorodetsky 12/3 st. Tereshchenkovskaya 13
Monument to the single mother
To whom it occurred to establish this bleak monument next to the Central Registry Office, is unknown. Nevertheless, she is there, a lonely woman with a child who, with her loneliness, challenges both newlyweds in the registry office and prosperous families chewing hamburgers in nearby McDonald's. Central Registry Office 11 Victory Ave.
Parachute Tower
A marvelous structure, from which no one has been jumping for a long time, since the daughter of some nomenklatura boss had allegedly broken there. Today, the parachute tower is just another reason to go to Trukhanov Island, walk around the forest and swim naked.
Museum near the locomotive
A small, toy-like steam locomotive with the name “lamb” (series OV) stands a hundred meters from the entrance to the recreation center KPI. The building, to which the engine stands sideways, is the State Polytechnic Museum, a huge exhibition on the development of technology in Ukraine. In the informatics and cosmonautics section, for example, the first telephone exchange in Russia in 1886, the first Zaporozhets, lamp radiols, gramophones, television sets with a screen like a matchbox, ancient computers the size of a house, printing presses and airplanes are all man-made, that goes, floats, flies and at the same time rumbles, grinds and clanks. The museum opened to the 100th anniversary of the Polytech (September 14, 1998) Leonid Kuchma. They say that in honor of his visitation, the cracks in the tile were manually painted over with a white proofreader. Victory Avenue, 37, building 6 241-7717 9:00 - 17:00 break 13:00 - 14:00 free admission of excursions
Toilet in the Bessarabian courtyard
For some reason, the patriarchal place in the very center of the city is stubbornly ignored by the majority of Kiev residents, who are in a hurry to cope with the need for other paid or free public places. Rare institution, equally pompous and smelly, where, with absolute availability, despite the free entry, there are no queues even on the days of the festivities. Khreshchatyk, 27, in the courtyard of the casino “Red Lion”
Ski jump
Trampolines, well-groomed or absolutely neglected, for some reason terribly loved to shoot in directors of Moscow films and videos. It came to that only flight attendants competed with jumps in this sense for the whole of last year. Such a photogenic monument to the developed sport industry of the Soviet period is also in Kiev. It is nice that our springboard has found much more everyday use: here they drink beer and contemplate the city bustle. Via the Republican Stadium to the top or from the Laboratory Lane
“Old Kiev”
A nice inexpensive semi-basement cafe in the very center, renovated ten years ago, has since ceased to be the main hippian point of the city, but it has neither acquired a luxurious hall, nor a summer playground, nor air conditioning, nor good music - that’s why in the summer there will be no one to interfere you have a bite. It is said that gay people live here - maybe they don't lie. st. Khreshchatyk, 52 234-2503, 9:00 - 24:00
Tatarki hills
Tatarka differs from other popular and popular picnic places (Hydropark, Puscha-Voditsa) Tatarka in that there are terraces and shady areas, having occupied one of which you can be sure that no one else will be located next to you. In addition, there is clean air here, a great view of Obolon and Rybalsky Island opens from here. Tatar is located near the center, so getting here is quite simple. Tatarka is located between Lukyanovka and Podil. Get better here from the street. Upland
Pilon with Gorky in the metro “University”
The first section of the Kiev metro - just a little more than 5 km - between the stations “Vokzalnaya” and “Dnepr” opened in 1960. People skated on business and just watch. Then the exit from the station “University” opened right into the Botanical Garden of the University. Reminders of this in the lobby were incredible size Kalanchoe, begonias and cacti. In the lower hall, eight gypsum busts of Ukrainian and Russian cultural figures are still looking from the niches in the pink-marble pylons. It is known for certain that pebbles and shells imprinted in a marble slab under Maxim Gorky belong, like the slab itself, to the Cretaceous period - and this is not just in the Museum of Geology of the Academy of Sciences, but just like that. Universitet metro station, lower hall
Rock climbing wall
The main place in Kiev for beginners and venerable climbers - they train here at any time of the year. Watching them is a pleasure, but it’s better to join them. Climbers are friendly people, they will gladly give necessary advice, and, maybe, someday they will even take with them to Elbrus. Arsenalnaya metro station, Green Theater
House with cats on Gogol
This century-old 4-storey asymmetrical building is mistakenly attributed to Gorodetsky. A huge lancet window at the bottom of the right wing is guarded by a pair of cat-bas-reliefs, on the second floor scary human faces are molded, near the staircase windows there are owls and again faces. This modern house spoils everything: a stupid, pompous entrance, a bronze tablet too noticeable, and euro windows in the left wing. A bust of a mechanic scientist Stepan Timoshenko looks just appropriate. And on the 4th floor, on the right, until 1995, there lived a wonderful satirist Garik Conn with his grandmother and ficuses in tubs. st. Gogol, 23
Park of Friendship of Peoples
The immense space between the left and right banks of the Dnieper, even in Soviet times, adapted to the park. Having come here on a day off, you can participate at the same time in cycling, rally and dog show. Separate pleasure - just walk among the myriad of people picnic. Petrovka metro station / bus stop “Park of Friendship of Peoples”
Moscow bridge
People with a certain skill and some recklessness, climb the galleries under the pillars of the bridge and thus move from one bank to another. For the less resolute, at least a new look at the seemingly familiar structure is guaranteed. Metro Petrovka avt / tr stop "Moskovsky Bridge"
Automotive observation deck
The only place in the city where you can see the entire left-bank Kiev, without leaving your car, without risking anything. Entry is free and police rarely occur. In the absence of an open-air cinema in the city, it is also an excellent version of a romantic evening with a loved one. turn from the street. January Uprising to the gallery “Lavra” to the left along the cobbled road
Smorodinsky descent "Khrushchev road"
The shortest path between Podil and Tatarka was built when Nikita Khrushchev was the first secretary of the Ukrainian Central Committee. The best place for extreme driving: difficult forest serpentine with sharp deaf turns is great for checking brakes and nerves. st. Nagornaya - st. Frunze, 85
Plaza Santiago de Chile
Few Kievans know that such an area really exists. In the center of the square is a monument with the symbol of the city of Santiago de Chile and with its emblem. They say that if you look at this monument for a long time, it seems that the coat of arms goes up and down it. We checked. Really drives. Obolon, the intersection of Heroes of Stalingrad Avenue and Malinovsky Street
Concrete ship
It is only known that a concrete structure similar to a submarine was built in the 30s of the last century as a strategic object. The guard of the adjacent territory, Mikhail Ivanovich, for example, is absolutely certain that the building is designed in case of war, so that the cavalry could move to the other side of the Dnieper. The shift manager, Mikhail Ivanovich, Anatoly Alekseevich, agrees with his colleague. from the left of “Show Park” in Obolon
“Olzhin Dvіr”
9 years ago, the walls were covered with various paper currencies, and customers happily began to contribute to the design: car numbers from different countries, horse gear, hats from confederate to steelworker, kerosene lamps with sewing machines and balalaika. The most casual ones leave business cards here - their place on the wall behind the bar. In terms of food, it is a little expensive for an institution where it is so full of smoke, but it is different: from the hodgepodge to the “Corrida” dish (bull eggs from the meat rows of the Podolsk market in garlic sauce). In the sense of pastime - you can loudly talk and play music in an acoustic way, becoming like regulars - party-goers of all stripes. per. Desyatinny, 7 212-2364, 212-3962
Monument to Alexander II
The only monument to the family member of the Romanov family, preserved from the pre-revolutionary time, can be seen from the window of the second floor of the museum by Mark Antokolsky. The courtyard can be accessed with the help of courteous caretakers, a light interest of the guard or under the pretext of imaginary scientific work. Before the revolution, Alexander II stood on a pedestal on which now Taras Shevchenko is in the park of the same name. The courtyard of the Museum of Russian Art st. Tereshchenkovskaya 9
“Oksamit” on Proreznaya
The institution has been listed in the municipal reference office for the department of wine and vodka products since the forties of the last century (and the building has been altogether a hundred and fifty years old). It is somehow reminiscent of both Achen's “Male Club” and a shop somewhere in Gagra, and in general - through the Soviet: deaf burgundy curtains on the windows, crushed leatherette stools in plastic standing tables, brutal wood carving, heavy sour coffee maker scent. Three faience cups with broken handles and public teaspoons are especially touching: in one sugar for coffee, in the other - salt for tomato juice, in the third - water for rinsing after the first two. Over the shirmochka skip on a glass, biting a sandwich, quite respected people. They like to go here: they were once students, now they have grown. st. Proreznaya 22 229-4727, 9:00 - 21:00
Guns “Kiev fortress”
“Kosoy Kaponir” is known primarily for the fact that it is still struggling with the guardhouse at the Arsenalnaya metro station for the right to be considered the prison of Taras Shevchenko. In fact, it is a great place to walk, albeit without picnics, but spacious. Children lead here to look at the guns. Of all the guns mounted on the shaft, only two are real combat guns: guns with Russian coats of arms, which were in service with the Russian army until the middle of the 19th century. All the rest of the old drawings were cast at the factory "Arsenal" in the mid-90s, and use them as firing installations. st. Gospitalnaya, 24a metro station “Palace of Sport”, trolleybus stop “Museum“ Kiev Fortress ”
Castle Hill
One of the “Bald”, the number of which argue: three or four Just below the house number 22 on Andrew's descent, in the depths, there is a steep cast-iron staircase at the top of the mountain. At the top, the path to the left rests on a trampled clearing around a tall metal cross, a hippie pilgrimage site. It is customary to tie some laces and ribbons “for selling dreams” to the cross. The right direction leads to the very Castle Hill, which, according to the excavations, has been inhabited for at least four thousand years. The Soviet settlers were its last settlers, but they also left, leaving behind a fallen bearing tower. If in order to take a walk, have a snack or watch the panorama of Podil and the left bank of the Dnieper - the most beautiful option.
Cafe-bar “Ukrainian Browar”
Than the National Bank of Ukraine, the Presidential Administration and the top object of Kiev, the House with Chimeras (within which the Polyclinic of the Cabinet of Ministers is inside), show them to your friends at once to the Art Nouveau mansion on the corner of Institutskaya and Banka with the sign “Union of Writers of Ukraine” You need to get inside, but not from the main entrance, unless your company is a writer. The seventh year here is an openly pleasant in all respects institution with high-quality traditional cuisine and a billiards room. They are busy here for lunch: the National Bank, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Presidential Administration, and writers, and without protection. The staff remembers how in the summer Igor Sarukhanov came in, demanded lard and tomato, but was satisfied with baked potatoes with garlic. And you can order a “Grafsky Meat” or the signature “Beefsteak in Brovary” by selecting Georgian or vintage Crimean wine on the map, and sit on a summer playground under a tent or under the lilac - quietly, slowly, without a crowd. st. Bank, 2 253-33-27 11:00 - 23:00
Toy railway
A network of special narrow-gauge railways was built in the USSR in 1953 for the Day of the Railway Man (August 2). This was done in order to interest children in real, not toy, rail-coupling-cars-diesel locomotives. Schoolchildren, starting at the age of 12, are still studying shunting controllers, guides and machinists. Wearing a uniform of the South-Western Railway, they operate a locomotive on the spans between Vishenka and Yablonka stations and on a 100-meter railway bridge over a steep rail, serving two tracks and a mini-locomotive and four cars. According to ticket stubs, the volume of passenger traffic is considered: it is possible that in the jubilee year you will become the 5 millionth passenger. st. Shamrylo, 4 (in the Syretsky Forest Park) 458-4834, Sun 11:00 - 16:00 other days on request tickets: 0,68 UAH. children, 1.36 UAH. adult, children under 10 years free
Redoubts on Bald Mountain
Tunnels, abandoned mines, earthen redoubts, looted military cemetery. A minimum of fantasy plus a crowd of Tolkiens. If you look for where to join the fighting of several eras, where against muskets and mortars - swords, bows, arrows, so it is here. After passing through the supermarket “Great Kyshenya”, you can have an excellent picnic: there are few people, secluded places and a lot cleaner than on Trukhanov Island. st. Kikvidze, interchange at Boryspil, entrance directly to the forest road
“Babylon” in the House of Cinema
This is really a whole club: a restaurant and a cafe-bar on the second floor and another cafe on the third. Everywhere there is a muffled light, as during watching, and certainly one of the filmmakers. For some reason, citizens, even crowding in the vast domkinochny foyer at exhibitions and fairs of the domestic light industry, think that all these institutions are open only for their own. Citizens, do not deprive yourself of pleasure with quality, without fuss, at fair prices, dine at the nostalgic Babylon, whose current director Anatoly Alexanyan is the only restaurant director in Kiev: he gladly sits at the red piano Ferster for very honorable or loved ones guests. One of them, Alik Shpilyuk, knows Alexanyan's secret: an inconspicuous door behind “Babylon” leads to a small studio, where he records very good music with friends in a relatively quiet day for a restaurant. In the days of the former director Pavel Bagratovich Markarova, Aleksanyan accompanied the jazz top singer Natalia Gure on the same piano. And Pavel Bagratovich himself set out from the hall Vladimir Konkin, who was drunk, who loudly called himself Pavka Korchagin, and cordially welcomed David Yanovich Cherkassky, who now prefers “Babylon” to all other taverns and parties. st. Saksaganskogo, 6 227-4513 restaurant and cafe-bar 11:00 - 23:00 cafe 10:00 - 20:00
“House Bergonie”
On the business card of the cafe it is written: “The only refectory theater in Kiev”, it’s theatrical buffet, or cafe. There are two entrances: through the terrace of the summer terrace with wicker furniture, and into the next door with the service entrance to the Lesia Ukrainka Theater (the glass wall between them creates the illusion of theatrical space). From here, go a long corridor past the door to “Zakulis” (art-cafe for dinner parties with grand furniture and an aquarium). The walls are plastered with black-and-white theater posters, on which abundant autographs of tele-photo-theater stars are left — they are very interesting to read while waiting for an order. They cook tasty food, serve it quickly, ask for money for the medium, and most importantly - what a pleasure to meet in the hall the innocently dining theater composer Shura Kokhanovsky, whose performance is being prepared for the production by the theater. They will release it, and Shura will also write something on the wall. st. Pushkinskaya 17 234-2202 8:00 - 23:00
Kitaevo
Despite the presence of the address, this landscape with the name “Kitaevskaya Pustyn” is not easy to find. It is necessary to move along Science Avenue (from the Lybidskaya metro station, take the minibus to Korchevaty, or by car, and even by bicycle) to Kitaevskaya Street, and then follow just a jingle. There always rings. Because there are two churches (Troitsky, in the characteristic style of Ukrainian baroque, built by Semyon Kovnir, the author of the whole street in Lavra) and another building in which, according to the latest legend, the Templars live and work. And under this all - caves left over from the underground monastery of the XIV century. And around there is a chain of natural lakes in the shape of a horseshoe, from which springs spring like fountains, as if whales are hiding on the bottom. And above the lakes there is a semicircular mountain - you can walk and walk. st. Kitaevskaya, 1
Mosaic
Candles chestnuts, Ukrainian Madonna and the head of either an adult Mowgli, or a tractor driver laid out on the wall of the building of the Western Museum, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, who headed the museum until 1978. They say that he was engaged in this every day from 7 am, for his own pleasure and with his own money. It is clear that Ovchinnikov wanted everyone to see the mosaic, but nowhere, except for the inner courtyard of his museum, he was allowed to work. But thanks to this circumstance the unthinkable characters are still alive. The courtyard of the Museum of Western and Eastern Art. Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko entrance through the gateway of the house number 17 on the street. Tereshchenko