Church of St. Nicholas Pritiska is one of the oldest in Podil (Kiev). According to legend, the icon of St. Nicholas fell on the thief who tried to rob a church and pressed him down (in Ukrainian "prytysla"). Another version says that the name of the church comes from the icon of Nicholas Prityskyi that was located near the quay ("prityk"). Unfortunately, the exact date of foundation of the original wooden structure is unknown. Scientists suppose that it was built in the XVI century on the site of the old Rus church. A stone building that we can see today was built in the XVII century by the merchant, nicknamed "Iron Grosh".
Three times the Church of St. Nicholas Pritiska was burned down and then reconstructed. A lot of accidents took place there, including a demolition of the dome during the bombing, fires and landslides. Therefore, many people were afraid of the church and believed that it was located in mysterious place. The last reconstruction was carried out by the architect Andrii Melenskyi whose project involved preservation in original form. Nearby, there is a two-story church house of the priests, church school and a library.
By the end of the 1980s, destruction was followed by restorations. In 1990, after the last restoration the sanctuary was finally open.
Church of St. Nicholas Pritiska, that reminds a tremendous merchant's samovar, still stands out among the other buildings with its unique name and unusual history. Around the temple there is a small square called in Podil "maidanchyk". A characteristic feature of the church is its faceted western part of the cross, a little longer than north and south. The dome of the church was set on an octagonal drum over high and wide lancet arches. All parts of the cross were covered with cylindrical vaults. The dome space is joined together by the arches.