A lot of people dream of visiting Paris. But to feel the charm of Montmartre, it is not necessarily going to France. It is enough to turn from the Khreshchatyk Street to the Lipki district and you face quiet aristocratic street with luxury shops, cosy cafes and restaurants, with a cinema and theatre. The Gorodetskaya Street (early Nikolaevskaya) is really called the Kievan Paris.
At the end of the Gorodetskaya street there is the Ivan Franko Square. Early there was a pond with swans on the area, the main sight of the famous Meringovskiy garden. Subsequently, the lake was drained, covered and in 1898 a new theatre was built. It was called the Solovtsov`s Theatre. During the World War II the theatre building was demolished, but in the postwar years it was restored and enlarged. Now it is called the National Academic Theatre of Ivan Franko.
The Gorodetskaya Street is about a hundred years old. Once on these territories stretched a manor of a known physician Friedrich Meringa. His property was the most extensive in the city and included the land between the existing streets Institute, Lutheran, Bankova and Khreshchatik. After the doctor’s death the area was redesigned and Kiev was decorated with new streets, which led to the street Nikolayevskaya, a prestigious area with the delightful architecture.
Vladislav Gorodetsky was an architect, known for his Art Nouveau-style buildings, namely the House with Chimaeras, the St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Karaite Kenesa, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, and many others.