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Peizazhna Alley, Velyka Zhytomyrska Street

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Peizazhna Alley, Velyka Zhytomyrska Street

Although the protagonist of Valerian Pidmohylnyi’s The City, Stepan Radchenko admires the panorama of Kyiv from his apartment in Lypky at the end of the novel, the landscape in the scene is notional: it is a Kyiv landscape in general. However, Pidmohylnyi knew Velyka Zhytomyrska and streets of Old Kyiv Hill very well, as he lived nearby, near the Sinnyi Market. In The City, Stepan Radchenko says goodbye to his friend, poet Vyhorskyi, at the corner of Velyka Zhytomyrska and Volodymyrska Street, as he leaves Kyiv.

Velyka Zhytomyrska is one of the oldest streets in Kyiv: it emerged in the 11th century, when it connected the Sophia Gate with the Jewish Gate (Lviv Gate). The name Zhytomyrska appeared in 1795, when the Zhytomyr Outpost was built on the site of the Lviv Gate. The buildings of the street belong mainly to the second half of the 19th century; there are many apartment buildings with beautiful architecture.

Next to Velyka Zhytomyrska Street one finds the Peizazhna Alley, one of the best places to admire Kyiv’s landscapes. The alley combines Kyivan antiquity and modern architectural solutions in a miraculous way. It runs along the former defensive wall of the Old Kyiv Hill, where the prince’s palace stood (at least in the time of Volodymyr the Great) as well as the first stone church in Kyiv, Desiatynna. However, the alley itself was created only in the early 1980s, and in the 2000s the area was reconstructed and park sculptures were installed. In 2008, the children’s playground was ‘settled’ by fairy-tale characters made by Kyiv sculptor Kostiantyn Skretutskyi.

At the end of Peizazhna Alley, from the height of the Upper Town, one can see an amazing panorama of Podil and the Dnipro, Andriivskyi Descent and several hills of Kyiv – Zamkova, Dytynka, partly Uzdyhalnytsia, as well as the valley of Honchari.

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