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the Chimeras House is one of the Kyiv?s architectural landmarks. Many stories and legends add charm and more mystery to the house.

One story says, that Solovtsov, the Theatre Director, was very much concerned about the sliding slope above his theatre (currently Ivan Franko theatre). The hill was indeed very difficult and no one for a long time wanted to build anything on it. In one of the parties, Solovtsov in the conversation with Kobelev, another famous architect of the time, complaining about the slope said that none of Kyiv architects are able to build the house on the hill that would last at least 20 years. Gorodetsky, who happened to stay nearby, heard this conversation, and this is how the famous bet has been made. Gorodetsky and Kobelev made a 20,000 rub bet that the former in two years will build a house that would last at least 20 years. Gorodetsky won the bet by building an estonishing house in 1903 and collected his money in 20ies.

Address: 10 Bankova St.
Directions: from Khreshchatyk: walk up Gorodetsky St; cross Ivana Franko Square and walk up the stairs to Bankova St.

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  • Updated Jun 22, 2007
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