Mariinsky Palace and Park
City:
Kiev
Address:
Mikhail Hrushevsky street, 1
Built:
1874
Open:
24/7
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Mariinsky Park is located in the center of Kiev. Park area is 10 hectares. It is planned in the landscape, so-called English style. This is one of the oldest and most picturesque parks in Kiev. It was founded almost a century and a half ago, in 1874.
The park is one of the most popular places for walks in the capital. A couple of minutes walk from the park are the Verkhovna Rada and the main square of Ukraine - Independence Square.

Mariinskiy Park and Royal Palace history

Mariinsky park in Kiev is considered one of the oldest parks of the capital of Ukraine. Mariinsky park, like some other parks of Kiev, is located along the Dnipro hills and its main entrance is located opposite the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The park's territory is about 10 hectares of land, where grown lindens, maples, chestnuts, other types of trees and shrubs. The park is planned in the landscape, English style, it is a unique monument of garden art.

The history of the Mariinsky Park is just over 130 years old. The park was founded in 1874 opposite to the central entrance to the Mariinsky palace, at the expense of the wife of Emperor Alexander II Mary Alexandrovna. On the opposite side of the palace was the City (Tsarist) garden, which founded in 1743 on the basis of the ancient Regular Garden (founded by Peter the Great). At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a scientific-medical orthopedic institution, and now there located the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

The most romantic place of Kiev is the bridge of lovers - a park bridge connecting Mariinsky and Khreshchaty parks. Loving couples and newlyweds leave fortunately locks, ribbons and napkins attached to the knot, as a sign of love and hope that they will always be together. Its located in Mariinsky park.

Mariinsky palace. It was built in Baroque style in 18th century on request of Russian Empress Elizaveta, daughter of Petr I. She was fascinated with city's beauty and ordered to build a special palace for the royal family. The project was designed by the main royal court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who had constructed Winter Palace (Zimniy Dvorets) in Saint Petersburg. It has two storeys and large wings, which form an internal yard. The palace ensemble included gardens, greenhouses and a confectionary. Many extravagant balls were held in the palace when members of tsar (king) family and higher aristocracy stayed there. The interior of the palace contains numerous art works and luxurious decorations.

Nowadays, Mariinsky Palace in Kiev is an official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine, where solemn state events, rewarding, receptions and meetings of official delegations are held.

If the park, palace, scenery on Dniper River are not enough for you, you can go down along the edge of the hill, pass by Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium (football stadium being the home of FC Dynamo Kyiv) and appear in other place, which is close to Mariinsky Park. Here you will find Water Museum, a unique building telling about hydrosphere, water supply, natural water resources with amusements for children and adults. Another fabulous building is puppet theatre with its own yard, where you can also sit on a bench feeling the time stopped, coming back to your childhood.

And, of course, every fairy place should be ended with a wooden bridge… a bridge of beloved, who come here and leave small locks as a symbol of their never-ending feeling...