Mystical Kiev

Beneath the cover of this mystical is the historical center of Kiev. They say that the city — almost one of the most mysterious places in the world where there is a transition from this world to another, parallel … XX century was unlucky for Kiev. During the wars, revolutions, repression, thousands of citizens were killed or were away from their hometown.



Communist authorities destroyed not only people, but also hundreds of unique architectural monuments — churches, cathedrals and houses. So city is easy and significantly called Kyiv Mikhail Bulgakov, has changed beyond recognition. True, it still remains an interesting house, places that are not as widely known as the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and St. Sophia Cathedral, but which are in the historic center.

Strange and mysterious

They say that in this house and now dark nights walking shadow inconsolable widow
They say that in this house and now dark nights walking shadow inconsolable widow

Kind of hilly terrain Cities pushed Kiev architect at building up to tricks, why there were houses that had different floors. The most famous of them — on the street Three Saints, 11. You look at the house from the street — the usual two-story mansion of the early twentieth century. However, it should go into the entrance, when suddenly you realize that stairwell goes not only up, but … and down! Upon entering the front door and going down, you can go to the yard. Only then it is clear that in the building for five floors.
How can you not remember the little thing unclean, the "bad apartment" described from Kiev Bulgakov. They say that this house is not suitable for housing. Perhaps this is why the tenants move out of it and now it has become almost the entire office.
And building on the street Yaroslaviv Val (Big Basement), 14a and 14b, next to the famous people of Kiev Theatre "Suzirya", associated with one of the Kiev witch. These luxury apartment houses belonged to the wealthy Leonid Rodzianko (cousin of Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Empire Mikhail Rodzianko). Entrance to one of them — with a gray facade, which is now the bank — is framed by two identical sculptures of girls with long hair. They have a portrait likeness of a real person — famous in Kiev at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a witch and a fortuneteller Motria Varnaly. That is, they say, has predicted the coming disaster L. Rodzianko Empire on the eve of the First World War. Leonid went to America in the prosperous 1913. Not everyone was so discerning …

Roll call of evil spirits

"House with chimeras" - a building with a strange fate that brought no joy to residents
They say that in this house and now dark nights walking shadow inconsolable widow

Kind of hilly terrain Cities pushed Kiev architect at building up to tricks, why there were houses that had different floors. The most famous of them — on the street Three Saints, 11. You look at the house from the street — the usual two-story mansion of the early twentieth century. However, it should go into the entrance, when suddenly you realize that stairwell goes not only up, but … and down! Upon entering the front door and going down, you can go to the yard. Only then it is clear that in the building for five floors.
How can you not remember the little thing unclean, the "bad apartment" described from Kiev Bulgakov. They say that this house is not suitable for housing. Perhaps this is why the tenants move out of it and now it has become almost the entire office.
And building on the street Yaroslaviv Val (Big Basement), 14a and 14b, next to the famous people of Kiev Theatre "Suzirya", associated with one of the Kiev witch. These luxury apartment houses belonged to the wealthy Leonid Rodzianko (cousin of Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Empire Mikhail Rodzianko). Entrance to one of them — with a gray facade, which is now the bank — is framed by two identical sculptures of girls with long hair. They have a portrait likeness of a real person — famous in Kiev at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a witch and a fortuneteller Motria Varnaly. That is, they say, has predicted the coming disaster L. Rodzianko Empire on the eve of the First World War. Leonid went to America in the prosperous 1913. Not everyone was so discerning …

Roll call of evil spirits

"House with chimeras" - a building with a strange fate that brought no joy to residents
"House with chimeras" — a building with a strange fate that brought no joy to residents

Gogol street is a house number 23, known as the people of Kiev "The house with the cats." On the facade of the early twentieth century can really see the two cats, two owls and … But the most interesting — a little later. Residential building in Art Nouveau style with gothic elements designed by architect Vladimir of Kiev wonderful Immortal. Home owner, General Ferdinand Yagimovsky, was known as a strange man, who knew the devil. Thus, a large Gothic window of the first floor is framed by two cat-bas. On the second floor, we see horrible person. And in the center — owls and again strange faces. The most interesting — at the top, there, do not look to passersby. At the edge of the roof sits figured the real devil, however small, and echidnas face contorts. He looks … But where?
Away, in the direction of his brother, or friend — call him (or her) as you like. After all, only a few blocks from the "House of cats" is another great mystery house in Renaissance style. It stands in the street Large Zhytomyr, 8. It is very strange that not everyone pays attention to the slyly grinning gargoyle on the corner of the house — a real monster-style monster of Notre Dame de Paris. According to the legend of Kiev, the owner of the house, spirit and magician Joseph Rogowski, ordered a "decoration" architect Bobrusovu. After all, in a corner apartment, where he lived Rogowsky, and held seances and a very strange meeting people of different ages and social classes.
However, the "evil" of the house on Gogol and Big Zhitomir are only two vertices sinister triangle, which I discovered in his hometown. His third top, closing the sinister figure on the map of Kiev, is, of course, the famous "House with Chimeras" architect Gorodetsky — a building with a strange fate that brought no happiness of its residents, including most of Pan Vladislav.
On the mysteries of the devils triangle associated with it the lives of people and families Gorodetsky I detailed in my book "City of the Chimera" ("Misto s Chimera").

Chimera architect

Log homes Rodzyako framed by two identical sculptures of girls with long hair
Log homes Rodzyako framed by two identical sculptures of girls with long hair

History of the famous "House with Chimeras" is well known. Having bought a plot of land on a hillside, Gorodetsky determined to build a fancy house. His colleagues warned the architect that it is technically impossible soil, quicksand, elevation, slope … The idea made impossible. However Gorodetsky made a bet with renowned architects Kobelev Alexander and Vladimir Leontovich, that in two years he will be able to build a building with new materials at the time of cement and concrete. The architect won the bet, and on the appointed day to invite friends and colleagues to enjoy the boar on the spit in his own apartment in the new house. Structure amazed everyone. On sketches by Vladislav Gorodetsky Italian Elio Sala, long lived in Kiev, decorated facades and roofs of concrete sculptures of fantastic high quality cement. Elephants and rhinos, deer, lizard, crocodile, Panther, tormented by an eagle, and a dragon, steals the eagle, even snakes, get down on the corner of the building — all fit the extraordinary house. And on the roof sat the strange frog naiads with nets, swinging his lily pad …
So Gorodetsky, a passionate hunter, as if foreseeing the future safari in Africa, said of him and his other travels. The same incredible decor heads of animals, inhabitants of the sea bed and even animals have skulls and inside the building, rooms and staircases. Together, these ornaments make frightening experience. The facade of the "House with Chimeras" facing the street Bankova, 10, seems to be just the face strange mansion. However, it should go around the building and look at it from the Franko Theatre, it will appear as a multi-storey impregnable fortress. And pretty dismal, especially in gloomy weather. And the fate of the house is not very funny. The building architect brought no profits and losses have been incorporated and sold. After the revolution, the house has never been inhabited, profitable. All kinds of organizations it was not …

Other mysteries

Oddities small street Bankova do not stop there. A short distance from the "House with Chimeras" is the famous people of Kiev "House of the Weeping Widow." The facade of the building facing the street Kruglouniversitetskaya. They say that in this house and now dark nights walking shadow a disconsolate widow. Uninhabited house, which is probably why only employees of scary silhouette of a lady in the empty corridors. Interestingly, the female faces of stone on the facade of the building, made in the Art Nouveau style, long time "to cry" after the rain and cloudy weather. Wet footprints under the eyes of sculptural ornaments even on dry days perplexing passersby. Now empty and destroyed two iconic home in Kiev. Looks like evil spirits associated with these houses, and affect their destiny.
The familiar street Yaroslaviv Val, 1 — that this address is a famous building, which is called "Castle Baron" or "House of Baron Shteingel." Baron Steinheil, a wonderful man, really owned a house in Kiev, but — nearby, at number three. A significant building on the corner, with a spire and whimsical ornaments, was built at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Hit his gothic look and paired figures on the facade — the winged devils with his hands and feet, wings, paws with claws. Animal "person" evil look to passersby.
Once upon a time in this house was the Czech club, frequented here Jaroslav Hasek. They say that tipsy Hasek somehow cursed the building and its past and future residents. After the revolution turned into a communal apartment, and the house was destroyed. Well worth it, dilapidated, awaiting the owner.
"Castle of Richard the Lionheart" — a well-known house on the second most popular street in Kiev, Andrew's descent. In the hearts of his cursed Petersburg architect Robert Marfeld, because this building project he stole someone Dmitry Orlov. Businessman built a really nice house, but still deceived and builders, not paying them. Only later became aware of the project's curse. Dishonest Orlov shot by unidentified at the door "Castle." His widow sold the apartment house quickly, but all subsequent owners of his tenants complained of the terrible groans and creaks in the apartments at night. I myself still a young man had been to the house in the early 1970s, and I can confirm the eerie impression of the strange sounds in it. They say, dispensable soul swindler Orlov does not give anyone the rest … Today from property disputes famous Kiev house is abandoned.
We talked about some of the only houses of the city, but many mysteries still harbors Stolny Kiev …


Oles Ilchenko

Category: Unexplained Phenomena

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