Mariinskyi Palace

Kyiv, Ukraine

The Mariinskyi Palace is the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine. The Elizabethan baroque palace is sited on the right bank of the Dnipro River in Kyiv, Ukraine, adjoining the neo-classical building of the Verkhovna Rada, the parliament of Ukraine.

The palace was constructed by command of the Russian Empress Elizaveta Petrovna in 1744; her architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the most eminent architect working in the Russian Empire at that time. One of the students of Rastrelli, Ivan Michurin, together with a group of other architects, completed the palace in 1752. Empress Elizabeth, however, did not live to see the palace completed; the first senior-ranking member of the Imperial Family to stay in the palace was Empress Elizabeth's niece-in-law, Empress Catherine II, who visited Kyiv in 1787. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the palace was the main residence of the Governors-General.

In the early 19th century, the palace burned down in a series of fires, and was in total disrepair and abandoned for almost half a century. In 1870, Emperor Alexander II had the palace reconstructed by the architect Konstantin Mayevsky, using old drawings and watercolours as a guide. It was then renamed after the reigning Empress Maria Alexandrovna. By her wish, a large park was established off the southern side of the palace. The palace was used as a residence for visiting members of the Imperial Family until 1917.

During the years of the Russian Civil War in 1917–20, the palace was used as the Kyiv revkom headquarters, particularly during the Kyiv Bolshevik Uprising. In the 1920s, the building belonged to an agricultural school, soon after which it became a museum. The Mariinskyi was badly damaged during the Second World War, and was restored at the end of the 1940s. Another major restoration was completed in the early 1980s.



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Founded: 1744
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Ukraine

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Yevgeny Krymov (2 years ago)
The palace is very modern as it has been restored many times in the past 100 years. Apart from minor details, None of the interior, furniture, lighting is old, and there are no historical artifacts. There is some art, but it’s unremarkable and some authors not known. It’s beautiful but there is no “historical spirit” inside. It is a functioning presidential reception where official ceremonies are held, and many foreign dignitaries have been here. The palace is small inside and the available area for visitors is even smaller, the tour will take up to 1 hour. Worth a visit but nothing special.
Yaroslav Kerget (2 years ago)
This landmark you should definitely see during your visit of the Kyiv city. This will building is very nice and remarkable. It’s been renovated some time ago and now looks amazing.
oleksa borodie (3 years ago)
Taste differs. Cons; requires a lot of stuff to maintain. The security check is required while you came in. The electricity bills can make your wallet empty. It is hard to park the car. You will share the building with Ukrainian president and tourists. Pros: beautiful park and China embassy are close.
Станислав (3 years ago)
Internal restoration is over, Mariyinsky palace is open to visitors from September 4, 2020. To visit, you must register on the site, only 3 days per week available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Visit only as part of a group. Available for citizens of Ukraine and foreigners. !!!Pay attention: The site often has technical issues. Free slots are booked very quickly. Visit price ~6$ Tour time 45 minutes + unlimited in the inner garden.
Tanja DS (4 years ago)
we couldn't go inside, so you can see the palace only from the outside. It's nice, great clean park is outside, lots of trees and people walking. Nevertheless, also lots of military and police walking around and parking green defence jeeps near.. But all in all very peaceful and worth visiting!
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