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Pechersk is an important administrative and business centre of the city where the Administration of President of Ukraine, Mariyinsky Palace, Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Bank of Ukraine are situated. The closest Kiev metro station is the Khreshatyk Station (exit to Instytus'ka Street).
Presidential Administration, Bankova Street

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Bankova Street in central Kiev is one of the most prestigious addresses in the Ukrainian capital. The headquarters of the Ukrainian Writers Association [the Writers House at 2 Bankova Street], the eclectic House with Chimeras tourist magnet and the stone-faced Presidential Administration at 11 Bankova Street are among the buildings that line the route. The term "Bankova Street" is used as a synonym for the Presidential Administration, the Residence of President of Ukraine. In Bankova Street is located opposite V.V.Horodetsky's single house at 10 Bankova Street (House of Gorgoyles or "The House With Chimeras"). Built in 1903, it has a cube-like shape with eclectic use of various styles, what is characteristic of Art Nouveau. Its fronts are enlivened by sculptural decorations on mythological and hunting themes.

As of 24 November 2004 Russian spetsnaz were deployed at the headquarters of the Presidential Administration on Bankova Street. The full deployment consists of three special units armed with machine guns: a Ukrainian spetsnaz unit from Irpin, a Russian spetsnaz unit and a unit of the Presidential Guard, surrounded by a cordon of militsia (police) in full riot equipment.

Independence square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti)

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The Independence square ("Maidan Nezalezhnosti") is the central square of Kiev-city. Until the end of 10 century this area was covered with woods. A little bit upper there were Lyadskiye Gates which entered the way to the Upper Podol district. In 18th century on the territory of the contemporary Independence square the stony fortress gates were built. They stood there until 1833. At the end of the 18th century and at the beginning of 19th century the square itself was the waste ground called The Goat Mire. There were also defensive shaft, a dam and a water mill. Then the first small wooden and stony buildings appeared. The first big brick building was built 1851 (architect Beretti). The local Nobility assembly was housed there before the revolution. In 1976-81 the reconstruction of the square took place. The dominating element in architectural ensemble of the square is 5000-jet fountain "The Friendship Of The Nations ".

Ukraine's independence movement, from Moscow, began in this square when hundreds of university students went on a hunger strike in 1989, which led to the demise of the Communist Party in Ukraine.

Verkhovna Rada & Mariyinsky Palace

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Verkhovna Rada Mariyinsky Palace

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), which adjoins rocco-baroque style Mariinskyi Palace, is located on the Hrushevskoho street. The only legislative body of Ukraine is the Parliament - the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. People's deputies of Ukraine are elected by the citizens of Ukraine on the basis of equal and direct universal suffrage through secret vote. The election system is mixed - majority and proportional. Altogether 450 deputies are elected. 225 of them are elected at single-mandate constituencies on the basis of relative majority, and another 225 are elected proportionally at multi-mandate national constituency from the lists of candidates coming from political parties and their election blocks.

The Mariyinsky Palace [Mariinsky Palace] was built in the middle of the 18th century by V.Rastrelli in the baroque style. Mariyinsky Palace was intended to echo Versailes in miniature. The construction was completed in 1752. During the last war it was badly damaged but was reconstructed, and is now a part of the Supreme Rada's premises. Now the palace is used for official receptions and as a venue for summits.
Government Building of Ukraine

The Government Building of Ukraine [House of Government] is at 12/2 Hrushevskoho str., Kyiv. The building comprises 6 entrances - main entrance, 5th entrance (public reception room) and 6th entrance (pass bureau, correspondence room). You may reach the Government Building by bus #62 and 20 (bus stop "Sadova str."). The nearest metro station to the Government Building is "Khreshchatyk" (exit to Young People's Theater).

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