The Bessarabska Square market is at the end of the Khreschatyk Street. Only by the end of the 40s of XIX century the Square was included into the city zone. Early, it was used as a stop-point for the guests coming from the South.
The end of the XIX century were the Bessarabska Square turns into one of the most central squares in Kyiv. A stylish “Palais Royal” IS only the one that miraculously survived. Until recently here was a hospital; after the restoration, it was turned into a shopping center called “Mandarin Plaza”.
The central building of the square later appeared to be Bessarabsky covered bazaar (market), erected in 1910-12 years by a Polish architect Haj in the style of Ukrainian Modernism with little of Constructivism. The architect wanted to depict options of the used construction structures.
The bazaar is designed with sculptures and ornaments, which have been made by pupils of the Kyiv Artist School of Balavensky.
Here, women in head scarves sell fruit, vegetables, caviar, fish, meat, sausage, honey, and flowers, always loud and expensive. If you want to experience a more traditional (and colourful) slice of the Ukraine the Besarabsky Market is well worth a visit.
A few years ago Bessarabska square was rebuilt and now underneath you can find a brand-new shopping center called “Metrograd”. It has happened so that since the beginning of the XX century Bessarabska square has been constantly the trade center of Kyiv. Here you can find the Bessarabsky covered bazaar, a shopping center “Metrograd”, and one more “Mandarin Plaza”.