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.