When people visit Kyiv for the first time ask what to see in Kyiv, often they are given the standard advices, but for example even on the Khreshchatyk street there is such an interesting place as Passage. Passage is a commercial and residential building in the form of the street-corridor.
Construction began in 1913 and for a year they managed to build approximately two-thirds of the planned, but World War I prevented further construction. As a result, the Passage stood as unfinished until the Great Patriotic War, and in the autumn of 1941 was blown up along with most of buildings on the Khreshchatyk.
After the war building was reconstructed. The facades are restored according to the original project. Internal planning has undergone significant changes, and the upper floors were converted into apartments for the elite — mainly creative. There lived famous singers, writers, composers, architects, artists, doctors — there are plaques installed in memory of them.
Now on the first two floors of the Passage are shops, cafes and restaurants, while the upper offices and apartments. Also there you can see interesting and unusual sculpture "Bench" and "Bicycle" (a chair on the bike), and in the middle of the street is a monument to the architect Gorodetsky.
On the facades of the Passage you can see garlands, coats of arms, skulls of bulls, angels, owls, wands of mercury, men and women hugging, lion and lioness kids playing with kids.