Kiev Architecture Tour, Kiev

Kiev is a city with such a wide diversity of architectural styles from various periods of time. The best European, Russian and Ukrainian architects and artists worked on the buildings of the capital of Ukraine. Some of the elements are absolutely unique and can be seen exclusively in Kiev. Some of the most famed architects who contributed to the city's beauty and originality are Vikentiy Beretti, Emilio Sala and other talented masters. The architecture tour is organized in the Lipki district.
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Kiev Architecture Tour Map

Guide Name: Kiev Architecture Tour
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: Cathy
National Philharmonic Society

1) National Philharmonic Society

The National Philharmonic Society is located at Vladimirsky Spusk, no. 2, in the House of the Merchant Assembly. The seat of the Ukrainian Philharmonic is a splendid 19th century edifice that has survived two world wars and recently been declared a local architectural monument.

The history of the National Philharmonic starts in 1863, with the establishment of the Kiev branch of the Imperial Russian Music Society. This new type of entertainment was highly appreciated by the locals. The House...   view more
Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre

2) Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre

The Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre is the oldest of the two puppet theatres in Kiev. It was founded in 1927, stemming from the Young Spectator’s Theatre. In 1929, the puppet branch grew completely independent from its “parent” organisation and launched a solo programme. Its first location was the former Rote Fane cinema. Then, from 1936 to 1955, the theatre occupied premises of the current House of Actor, after which it moved into the Choral Synagogue where remained until 1997....   view more
Mariinski Palace

3) Mariinski Palace (must see)

The Mariinsky Palace in Kiev was built between 1750 and 1755 to a design by one of the most popular Italian architects working in Russia at the time, Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Meant as a private residence for Empress Elizabeth, the palace was sited on a hilly bank of the Dnieper river, near the present Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament). The Baroque style complex has a symmetrical composition, with a two story main building facing Mariinsky Park and two single story buildings on each of the...   view more
Kovalevsky House

4) Kovalevsky House

The Kovalevsky house was inaugurated in 1911. It was developed by architect Pavel Alyoshin, upon official Nikolay Kovalevskiy's request. The house is designed in Roman style and resembles a Medieval castle. It is also called the Armenian house, due to its ingenious design. Notwithstanding the year it was built, the house is even equipped with a lift. A special room in this building is the train compartment room, designed after the place where Kovalevsky met his...   view more
The Chocolate House

5) The Chocolate House

The Chocolate House is an 18th century Venetian Renaissance style building, commissioned by Semen Semenovich Mogilevtsev. It was erected in the 1890s to a design by famous architect Vladimir Nikolayev. The exotic name derives from the exterior of dark brown colour which resembles chocolate.

Similarly to the House of Chimeras, the Chocolate House, initially (for over fifteen years), had served as a private residence (for the Mogilevtsevs), and thus allowed no access for the general public....   view more
Dohodny Dom

6) Dohodny Dom

The Dohodny Dom (in Russian - house for rent) was built in 1901, in Gothic style. The house was designed by engineer Nikolay Vishnevskiy. Its owner was Baron Volodymir Ikskul-Gildenband. The house was seriously damaged during WWII, but it was repaired subsequently and the layout was modified. Not long ago, the Dohodny Dom was renovated one more time and is even used in movie...   view more
House of Weeping Widow

7) House of Weeping Widow

The House of Weeping Widow is an Art Nouveau edifice, architected by Edward Petrovich Bradtmanu, built in 1907. Acknowledged as a masterpiece of local architecture, the house was commissioned by Serhiy Arshavsky, who resided here until the Bolshevik Revolution took place in 1917. In 1918 the house was nationalized and turned into a public office. In 1939 it hosted the headquarters of the Kiev military district. After World War II, the building became the seat of the Ukrainian Soviet republican...   view more
The House With Chimeras

8) The House With Chimeras (must see)

The House with Chimeras is probably one of the most spectacular architectural sights in Kiev. Sitting on top of a hill, on unstable ground, the house was meant to shock, intrigue and please the eye in a manner previously unseen in the city. Known as “Gaudi of Kiev”, architect Gorodetsky took on this challenging project as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create something “out of the box”. In 1902 he delivered a plan that defied all the architectonic beliefs of the century.

Made of...   view more
National Bank of Ukraine

9) National Bank of Ukraine

The National Bank of Ukraine is the central financial institution of the country. Its main function is to uphold the national financial system by keeping Ukraine’s currency stable. The bank was founded in 1839, as a branch of the the State Commerce Bank (of the then Russian Empire) and, since 1992, has functioned as an independent financial institution.

The National Bank is located at Institutska Street, no. 9, inside the building architected by O. Kobolyev. The exterior was done by O....   view more
October Palace

10) October Palace

The October Palace is a concert hall and a place where cultural events are held regularly. The palace was built at the turn of the 20th century to a design by Vikentiy Beretti, and initially hosted Institut Blagorodnyh Devits (the Noble Maidens School). After the 1917 Revolution, the building was taken over by a new government and used as the headquarters of ChK (the secret service, forefather of the KGB). It was here, during the Bolshevik period, that as many as 120,000 people - mostly...   view more

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Tour of Kiev

Religious Tour of Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Kiev Daily Life

Kiev Daily Life

Kiev is a city with numerous interesting and intriguing places to visit during the day. Some of them are old and preserve hundreds of years of history and some are brand new and modern. Kiev itself is a city full of contradictions, thus making it more interesting.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

The Pechorsky district is one of the most interesting and picturesque sites in Kiev. Its southern section has several important monuments, sites and monasteries. The Botanical Garden occupies a big chunk of the Pechorsky district and includes some other hot spots listed in the current guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev is a big city and consequently, the shopping area is a huge one. It is completely on par with other European capitals in the area of malls, shops and markets. Kiev is not only rich in international brands, but it is also a very enticing spot for tourists as it offers numerous works of art, folk accessories and clothes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

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