Gorodetsky’s Masterpieces

I have become fascinated with architecture here lately.  My love for architecture grew particularly after I studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, and then revisited my beloved Kiev in Ukraine. On one of the beautiful nights that I spent in Kiev with my family I was introduced to an unusual building.

Called the “House of Chimeras” and completed in 1903, this building is unusual because it is adorned with all sorts of creatures: chimeras, mermaids, toads, animals’ heads, and a realistic-looking snake, slithering down a corner of this 9-story building. What’s even more off-putting is that this wonder stands right across from the Presidential office building.

After doing some research, I found out that it was built by Vladislav Gorodetsky, a man with a taste for intricate details. Some of his other creations are the St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Karaite Kenesa, and the National Art Museum of Ukraine. Enjoy these intricate and out-of-the-ordinary creations!

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House of Chimeras currently serves as a place for diplomacy meetings for the Ukrainian President. Photo credit to Jennifer Boyer.

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More full-scale (photoshopped?) version of the building. Photo credit to Slava.

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Close-up. Photo credit to Jennifer Boyer.

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St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral. Fun fact: it used to serve as a KGB meeting place for some time after 1938. Photo credit to Jennifer Boyer.

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A salamander, perched under the St. Nicholas R-C Church. Photo credit to user zalgalina.

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St. Nicholas! Photo credit to user zalgalina.

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Gorodetsky, the man responsible for the House of Chimeras and others. Photo credit to user zalgalina.

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Old photograph of the Karaite Kenesa. About 800 Karaites (original peoples of Judaism) currently live in Ukraine. Photo credit to user zalgalina.

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Modern interior view of the building. Photo credit user to zalgalina.

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And finally, the National Art Museum of Ukraine. Photo credit to user zalgalina.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Gorodetsky’s Masterpieces

  1. Very cool building! It makes me want to go to Russia and check out all the old buildings.

  2. I love how visually appealing “House of Chimeras” is. I am Ukrainian and the pictures of this building are gorgeous. I love your personal story tied in with visiting the building. Maybe someday I can go to the Ukraine.

  3. Beautiful designs. So detailed. I love looking at different types of architecture.

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