In 1938 a new gorgeous building appeared in Mikhailovskaya square. It was the Ministry of foreign affairs. Previously this spot used to be occupied by the ancient Church of three saints. Mikhailovskaya square used to be a small lane at that time. Kiev chronicles show that in 1830 it was known as Prorezny lane, and in 1869 it was renamed to Mikhailovsky. Previously this name belonged to Igorevskaya street in Podol, as it used to end with St. Michael’s cathedral.
The MFA building was the first unit in a group of government buildings that was intended o be built in the territory between Sofiyevskaya and Mikhailovskaya squares. To clear the space for Mikhailovskaya square, the cathedral was destroyed in 1934. St. Sophia cathedral was also planned to be demolished.
The first building occupied by the CC CP of Ukraine was the one designed by an architect from St. Petersburg I. Langbard. A twin house was going to be constructed instead of St. Michael’s cathedral with a cyclopean monument to Lenin. Luckily these plans never came to life, as the World War II started. German occupants never used the building, so as soon as the war ended, the CC CP of Ukraine moved in again. Nowadays the building is occupied by the Ministry of foreign affairs.
And even though a state executive authority is in the building, you can always see dozens of tourists who just can’t miss this amazing house that has already a status of a fascinating attraction.
Address of Ministry of foreign affairs: Kiev, Mikhailovskaya square, 1.