Mariyinsky Palace


Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv is President Viktor Yanukovych's ceremonial residence. It adjoins the parliament building.

Designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, this lavish Baroque palace was built between 1744 and 1752 for Empress Elizabeth by one of Rastrelli's students, Ivan Michurin. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries it was the main residence of Ukraine's governors-general. It was used as Kyiv residence for the imperial family until 1917. 

The palace has been reconstructed several times. In 1870, after a devastating fire, its façade was decorated with new details and its interiors renewed. It was then renamed after the reigning Empress Maria. A large park was laid out off its southern side in 1874.

The palace was badly damaged during the Great Patriotic War and later restored by a group of architects led by Pavlo Alyoshyn. Another major restoration was completed in the early 1980s.

Today the palace is used for official receptions, summits, high-profile talks and award ceremonies. Its visitors admire its antique furniture, chandeliers, paintings and murals.

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