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Chestnuts, Mariinskyi Park

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Chestnuts, Mariinskyi Park

Despite the fact that the image of chestnut leaves and blossom appeared on the coat of arms of Kyiv only in 1969-1995, chestnut became a ‘Kyivan tree’ a long time ago. According to a legend, an ancient chestnut of the Kytaiv Hermitage is associated with Metropolitan Petro Mohyla, and it is said that chestnuts were planted in the 18th century on the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. In 1862, the Chestnut Alley was laid in the Botanical Garden of the University of Kyiv by the director of the garden Afanasii Rogovych.

The trees were not forgotten in the art. As a co-author of the Kyiv coat of arms, artist and architect Florian Yuriev recalls, he was inspired by Platon Maiboroda’s ‘Kyiv Waltz’ to the words of Andrii Malyshko with the line ‘Chestnuts are blooming again.’ A tree, its candle-bloom or leaves were depicted on anything from Kyiv Cake to Kyiv Metro tokens. There is even a chestnut monument in Mariinskyi Park.

Blooming chestnuts on the Dnipro slopes became a classic picture of Kyiv. The first park in Kyiv, like the chestnut tree in the Kytaiv Hermitage, is associated with Petro Mohyla. In 1631, a park was laid at the metropolitan court in Holosiiv. In 1743, a garden designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli was created on the basis of a regular garden planted by Peter I of Russia. Later, the park was known as the Royal Garden, and now – the City Garden and Khreshchatyi Park.

Mariinskyi Park near the palace of the same name was laid out in 1874 according to the design by gardener Anton Nedzelskyi on the site of the former Palace Square, where parades were held. Near the place of the modern Ministry of Health building, the State Offices had been located for a long time. In 1854, in the course of building New Pechersk Fortress, they were demolished producing room for the future park.

Mariinskyi Park, the City Garden and Khreshchatyi Park together form a single system of greenery on the slopes of the Dnipro, and the pedestrian bridge, opened in 2019, this system is connected to the Volodymyr’s Hill.

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