Pinsteps. Park Bridge and Petrovskaya Alley in Early 20th Century Kiev
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The city council's "liberating duma", under the guidance of Ippolit Dyakov, embarked on numerous construction and improvement programs in Kyiv at the start of the 20th century, funding their endeavours mainly through bond loans. However, these efforts weren't without controversy. The creation of Petrovskaya Alley and the Park Bridge over it became one of the most scandalous projects due to the high expenditure and perceived personal enrichment of some city officials.

The practical actions for the Park Bridge construction started in the summer of 1909, with Professor Evgeny Paton tasked to design a pedestrian bridge. In the same season, Kyiv contractor Nikolai Smirnov agreed with the city to manufacture and install all the metallic parts of the bridge according to Paton's project. Anton Straus' famous pile-driving piles were used to ensure the stability of the bridge supports. Following the installation of the metal structures and subsequent earthworks, the alley was laid down in the spring and summer of 1910, leading to the Dnipro riverbank. After the successful completion of the final tests in November 1910, the alley was named in honour of Peter the Great, but the name "Petrovskaya Alley" has become more popular.

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Embarking on a journey through Kiev, one of the first landmarks to admire is the monument dedicated to Vladislav Gorodetsky, an architect renowned for his unique style and contribution to the cityscape. Nearby, the Office of the President of Ukraine stands tall, symbolizing the country's independence and leadership.

A short walk away is the House with Chimaeras, Gorodetsky's masterpiece, famed for its peculiar animal sculptures, and a must-visit spot. A stroll along the city streets will lead to the National Bank of Ukraine's edifice, a significant emblem of the nation's financial system, merging the past and the present.

Venturing further, you'll encounter the Mariinsky Palace in the Pechersk district, a historical gem with its grandiose architectural style that captures Ukraine's noble past. Next, a visit to Kiev's Water Museum will offer a unique experience. Once a water tower, it now provides insight into the city's water system's history and development, and don't miss the Wishing Tree, a beloved local symbol that whispers tales of hope and dreams to every visitor.

Not far away, the Arch of Diversity stands as a beacon of unity and inclusion, epitomizing the city's embrace of diversity and solidarity. Your journey ends at Independence Square, a significant landmark and a stage to the 2014 Revolution, reflecting Ukraine's struggle and triumph towards self-determination and freedom. It's a tour through Kiev that truly embodies the city's rich history, architectural brilliance, and indomitable spirit.

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