There is a miracle of architectural art in Kiev - Karaimkenassa.

There is a miracle of architectural art in Kiev - Karaimkenassa, located in the heart of the city, at Yaroslav’s Val, 7. This attraction is often undeservedly forgotten by tourists, although it is just a few steps walk from the Golden Gate.

The building exteriorstands out against the background of detached houses of XIX - XX centuries. No wonder, because the author of the masterpiece isVladislavGorodetsky, whose works always favorably segregatebytheir originality and unique style. Arty-crafty Arabic script with elements of Moorish architecture look like being transferred to Kiev street from east fairy tale, and it seems that orientalPrincess is going to flutterout just nowaccompanied by 40 bodyguards with daggers and burning eyes.

In fact the house was originally built as a religious construction at the expense of the Karaite community, which in 1898 numbered no more nor less but 800 people. The initiator of the building, its curator and partly the sponsor was Solomon AronovichKoganwell known at that time tobacco magnate engaged in patronship along with Brodsky and Tereshchenko.

It’s amazing, but the building has being almost not damaged either during the Soviet struggle against religion, nor during the Jewish pogroms in 1941-1943. Only the dome of the building wasn’t saved till nowadays. All the other partswere retainedthanks to the reconstruction of 1968. In the 30s years of XX centurya puppet theater and later - a movie theaterwere located here, and now the building is still not used properly: the Actor house is situated here. But Karaites (according to the latest data there are less than 40 of them lived in Kiev) do not lose hope to returntheire temple back.

Author: Янина К.


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