The House with Chimeras (Gorodetsky House) is one of the weirdest, but most popular, buildings in Kiev. It was designed by eccentric architect Vladislav Gorodetsky and completed in 1902.
The distinctive Art Nouveau building is decorated with a multitude of exotic animals and creatures such as elephants, rhinoceroses, and dolphins, added because of Gorodetsky’s passion for hunting.
The house is situated on Bankova Street in the Lypky neighbourhood of Kiev, opposite the office of the President of Ukraine.
The House with Chimeras is used for government and presidential receptions and is not open to the general public.