Lypky – an historic aristocratic district of Kyiv, with its name derived from the lime tree alley planted here in the middle of the XVIII century. During the intensive urban development of the city in the 1830s. the namesake alley has been cut down in order to accommodate large private mansions. In tsarist Russia Kyiv’s Lypky district was considered one of the most luxurious in the country, reserved strictly for the rich and socially important inhabitants.
After the October Revolution of the 1917 the vacuum created by the fled Kyiv’s aristocracy was quickly filled by the Communist Party “apparatchiks” (functionaries) and their entourage – the senior editors of the Party press, the new state security officials, the tame intelligentsia etc. And even though the WWII with its carpet bombardments of the center of Kyiv has horribly scarred the Lypky district, after the war the area was meticulously restored to its former glory. Today Lypky remains the most prestigious area of the historic Kyiv.
So, take this unique opportunity to find out, what was it like – being a Kyiv aristocrat a hundred years ago, feel the atmosphere of the luxurious palaces and lavish lifestyle of the past generations movers and shakers, take a stroll through the Old Pechersk (“The Cave District”) and its magnificent park – the most beautiful park in Kiev.