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From the series of excursions in Kiev
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Kontraktova Square"

The architectural complex of Kyiv-Mohyla Academywith Kontraktova squareis one of the most significant monuments remaining in Kyiv from Cossack era, and therefore visiting the placeis a must for tourists.

The area that dawned as market (merchants kept theiroffices there, so the name – Kontraktova, derived from contracts) because of its proximity to the river port the square had subsequently lost its original meaning, but unique in the richness and diversity of architectural ensembleitstill remains ornament Kyiv. Most of buildings in the area were built in the age of Baroque - before the role of the financial center of Kyiv went to Khreschatyk and so you are guaranteed to have pleasurable excursionthrough the area:

One of the most facinatig buildings in the square is House of Contracts- one of just a few buildings in Kyiv, built in the classical style. This house is deservedly considered one of the most bizarre in Kiev – because ofan issue with building walls not connected at right angles, and the gable, turned comparatively to the reest of the building.Unfortunately, you are not allowed to see the house from inside- now it performs its historic function (Currency Exchangeis located there).

Old Academic Building NaUKMA(National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”)- one of the oldest and the most authenticbuildingsin theSquare erected during Mazepa Baroque. At oldit was one of the main buildings of the KMA, now the Library of the University and Doctoral Schoolarelocated inside. The building also includes Annunciation Church (built at the same time) and museum block KMA (which is in the home of the founder of the Academy). All parts of the Old Academic Building arearchitectural monuments that are open to visitors.

At the time, the largest shopping complex in Kiev - Seating Yard - also is a Kontraktova Square. It wasbuilt "only" in the early 19th century and served as ski shops and workshops, a kind of CUS. Currently, the center is open to visitors, but there are held exclusively private exhibitions and performances, however Seating Yard is one of those places where you can fully feel the spirit of old Kyiv.

Music lovers will appreciate the Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Young People - unique musical theater. Built on the former site of the club, now it is the only theater in the world this profile. Regular performances of famous songs, experiments on reconsideration (Carmina Burana, Seagull Jonathan) will impress any music lover.

Completes the ensemble of Kontraktova Square monument to its founder - Peter Konashevich Sagaidachnyj, built amidst of a local park on a hill. Now - this is one of the best-known monuments of Kontraktova area and Podol that logically completes it.

by Ostap Ukrayinets'

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