Budynok z Hymeramy / House with Chimeras
Kyiv "Notre-Dame de Paris", as informally called the House with Chimeras is one of the most beautiful and at the same time the most inaccessible for the usual person places, because to visit it, you will need to schedule a tour.
On the walls of the house are the concrete heads of rhinoceros, giraffes, lions, crocodiles, antelopes and other African animals. Concrete trunks of elephants hanging over the sidewalks, were used as drainpipes. There is a giant toads on the roof, sea monsters and Nereids with chains instead of hair. The main staircase is decorated with stucco friezes and reliefs, in the centre stands a column with a picture of a giant dolphin, entwined with plants.
Over time, the piles lost theirs support function, and at the point of joining of foundations, the house was split into two parts. One part of the house leaning to one side at 33cm, and to the other direction - at 10cm. Urgent reconstruction of the building was successfully conducted in 2003.
Restorers did not straighten the house, as straightning would mean rebuilding it. To mount windows in lopsided walls, the masters had to make the curved window frames. In the courtyard were restored artificial lake, fountains and a garden with an alpine slide — now it is very beautiful. Since 2005 the building is used as residence of the President of Ukraine.
How to get into the house with chimeras? There are several tour agencies in Kiev, conducting tours there. Cameras and mobile phones are prohibited. Entrance only with passport.
Legends of the house with chimeras
This legend is similar to the truth. Before leaving the house (Vladislav Gorodetsky, the owner that had to mortgage the house), Gorodetsky put a curse on it. All the residents of the mansion will be unhappy, and only its descendants will be able to get along with chimeras. Proponents of this version point to the fact that the offices who owned premises or rented them, went out of business — their funds mysteriously disappear, the organizations dissolved.
A fun legend. If you will find on the territory of mansion small crocodile and pat it, then you will have good luck. A little hint — look at your feet right near the house.
In March 2015 you can get inside. Pre-registration for the tour through the site "Interesting Kiev", you need to fill in a questionnaire. The tour is free, you can take pictures inside just for the camera, you have to have a passport. To wait from 1 to 9 months - all around 1000 people, group of 12 people. The tour includes a visit to the house of the weeping widow on Lutheran 23 , the President's Administration and house with chimeras. Just there, a complete delight!
Dark but attractive home with a bunch of mysterious stories. Sorry to get in will not work.
It's impossible to see it up close as the streets are all blocked off by police/military. From a distance it looks really cool!
A unique building - the main residence of Ukraine known as "The house with chimeras". Access restricted due to the close proximity of the presidential administration.
Very unusual building with interesting story, worth to visit
The building is very beautiful, but access to it is closed after the revolution. Now to see him almost impossible.
The building is located directly opposite the presidential residence. The building is beautiful, lovers of architecture will appreciate. To come specially to look at this house may not be worth it, but as part of a walk through the center, it will be interesting to see.
As a backdrop of Ghostbusters!
Very beautiful building, one of the symbols of Kiev. Definitely worth a visit.
Government street on the top, with no open access. Can see the building from below
HOUSE WITH CHIMERAS
Built more than a century ago by eccentric Kyivite Wladislaw Horodecki, this is the most unique structure in Kyiv. Sophisticated architectural forms are buried beneath
the phantasmal fiures of Horodecki’s dreams. The elephant trunk storm drains, rhinos, antelope, gigantic frogs, mermaids and other fiures are constructed of cement, a state-of-the-art material back in the 19th century. A local cement factory owner provided Horodecki with a complimentary supply knowing that the interest generated by such an unusual home would pay-off Ahead of its time, the design makes full use of the uneven Kyiv landscape: Three stories rise on one side and six descend the hill on the other. The interior design was also considered radically
modern, and included an ice room for food storage, a wine cellar, a laundry room, a garage for horse drawn carriages and even a special room for Horodecki’s cow. This insured fresh milk for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shrouded in mystery and legend, this place continues to intrigue visitors. Bankova 10, M Khreschatyk.