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The House with Chimeras

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Address: 10 Bankova Street, Kiev, Ukraine
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Outstanding building in Kiev

This building was built by Gorodetsky in the begining of the 20th century. We were luky to see it in a person!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The road is blocked off so you can't really see it, its hard to get to and it isn't that amazing really!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building was built by Gorodetsky in the begining of the 20th century. We were luky to see it in a person!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As has been noted, the street is cordoned off because of security measures. You can glimpse it down the street, or loop around to the theater/park below and get a shot from behind. I attach the one we made. It gives an idea of the decorations.

Thank Jincognito
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Unfortunately now you can only see one little corner of the building as the area is gated and guarded. I've heard the building is gorgeous, so maybe I will return someday - I've heard the president may move to another building in the future, so maybe it will become accessible.

Thank Ana-Maria B
Zurich, Switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The Art Nouveau 'House with Chimeras' is considered one of the most interesting sights in Kiev, but since it is so close to the Presidential Administration Building it is nowadays difficult to get close to it. To see the unique protrusions from the walls and the roof one best takes along binoculars. Not all these gargoyle-type decorative elements are 'chimeras',... More 

Thank saronic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Strange and strangely beautiful with figures (gargoyles?) built on every side, imagery, with plenty of legends explaining each of them.

Thank Pablo V
Kiev, Ukraine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

They used to take money for letting you in. Fine. But now you have to sign up online like 3-4 months ahead, provide all your info - passport, scn, full name, phone number, email, etc. Quite dissapointed.

1 Thank Chihiro L
Athens, Greece
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I had read about it and tried to get there. The free walking tour took us as close as possilbe. It is not possible to get anywhere near any longer. You can see on the photo that we were alted far away by the presidential guards.

Thank Athina K
Brno, Jihomoravsky Kraj, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

You can't get close, there are 2 blocks of police, the closest You can go is 100 metres... You can't basically see nothing!

Thank AlessioBrno
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

You can't go inside or get within 100m due to the security as it's beside the presidents office but this is well worth a visit to take pictures at least. It's unique and very interesting to read the history of the place. It's an Art Nouveau building located in the historic Lypky neighborhood of Kiev. Situated across the street from... More 

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