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“Astonishing building, quiet surrounding” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The House with Chimeras

The House with Chimeras
10 Bankova Street, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #22 of 500 things to do in Kiev
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“Astonishing building, quiet surrounding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

First off: unfortunately you cannot go inside, it is exclusivly used for high ranking state guests. But still, from the outside it is quite astonishing to see. Situated in a quiet, green, governmental area, you will find time to discover many hidden aspects with the chimeras.
I enjoyed spending my time there. BTW, watching is for free, of course.

Visited July 2012
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“Hard to Find, but Worth Seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is an interesting government building that is worth seeking out.

You can't go in, but you can walk by and take pictures. At first when you get close it seems you can't go near because there are police at the gate. But, the public are welcome to go see it.

It's just a cool building with some funky details. I'm glad I saw it but you can't go in or anything.

Visited March 2013
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Forgettable building built by Vladislav Gorodetsky.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Please, see Wiki for details before visit Kiev - the best houses in Kyiv was built by Gorodetsky in the beginning of XX century.
Also you can see a Precident palace (in the past - republican comity of communist party) in front.

Visited April 2013
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“Eccentric architecture, only from the outside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I saw the house from the outside - I couldn't get in and was told it is now an official reception house of the president or PM.
The outside is pretty impressive, with large scale animal sculptures decorating each facet of it.

Visited March 2013
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“Attraction in Kyiv that can't be missed: House with Chymeras/Gorodetsky House/House with Ghosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Located on a hillside across the street from the Presidential Office (Metro Station: Khreschatyk) in the historic Lypky quarter, the House of Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House translates in Ukrainian into Budynok z khymeramy. The six-storey Art Nouveau building was built by the architect V. Gorodetsky (hence the name of the building) between 1901 and 1902. This luxurious piece of architecture doesn't derive it's name from Greek mythology but rather the sculptures of animals which decorate it. Gorodetsky was well known as an avid hunter and he hired sculptor Emilio Sala to decorate his house with exotic animals. The animals represented on the rooftop are rhinos, giraffes, lions, crocodiles, antelope and other African animals. An almost mirror image of Gaudi's Casa Milà, this house earned Gorodetsky the nickname of Gaudí of Kiev. In 1913, the architect auctioned his lavish mansion to ease his financial troubles but the story goes that he put a curse on his beloved creation: anyone who purchases the house and lives in it will die a horrible death. Therefore, it has remained vacant to this day. The Gorodetsky House has a dual purpose: it serves as a filial of the National Museum of Arts and a place where official as well as diplomatic ceremonies take place.

Visited January 2013
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