This beautiful two-storey Mariinsky Palace, which was formerly known as Tsarski (Imperial), is located near the building of Ukraine Parliament and is the ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine as well as House with Chimaeras.
The Palace in the Royal garden (now the Mariinsky Park) was founded by order of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in 1744 and built for 8 years. The building project was developed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed St. Andrew's Church. Unfortunately Empress did not have time to visit the Palace, since the first harbingers of the seven years war with the Swedes began to appear.
After 1870 Palace was renamed as Mariinsky in honour of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Palace served as the residence for visiting Kyiv members of the Imperial family until the sad events of 1917, when the revolution broke out.
Interesting fact: In the 18th century in the Royal garden Colombian Coca bushes and pineapples were grown.
As of 2015, the Mariinsky Palace is under reconstruction, which takes place at a very slow pace due to inadequate funding. Timeline completion scheduled for December 2015. They promise that excursions there will be conducted again.