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Civil Registry Office in Kiev, Central Wedding Palace in Kiev (Kiev)

11 Pobedy Avenue, Kiev (tel.: +38 044 236-00-71, +38 044 236-94-00), Metro stations: "Polytekhnichesky Institute", "Vokzalnaya".

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Originally, the Kiev Civil Registry Office occupied the famous Chocolate House in Shelkovichnaya Street. Later, a new residency of the Chairman of the Ukraine Communist Party Volodymyr Shcherbytsky was built nearby. Rejoicing crowds of people kept serious statesmen from their work. For this reason, money was urgently found to construct a new Wedding Palace (the Palace, for short).

The Civil Registry Office was built by the architects V. Gopkalo and V. Grechina and the engineer N. Yurchenko. It was opened by the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Olympics.

The Palace was a final building constructed along Brest-Litovsky (now Pobedy Avenue) and Vozduknoflotsky Avenues. The building is situated in a small park featuring a decorative pool and the Libed sculpture (Swan); its main facade faces Pobedy Avenue. The wide stairs of the main entrance solemnizes the whole building resting upon the granite stylobate.

The ground floor of the building includes a foyer, a reception room, a cloakroom, flower and gift stalls. Also there are separate rooms for fiance and fiancee. One of the halls is absolutely unique. It is the Hall of Fame and Memory for heroes who died fighting against enemies for happiness of the next Soviet generations.

The Palace is known as the Bermuda Triangle. Despite the fact that it is the main wedding palace of Kiev, it has not been very popular recently. It is probably due to rumors and prejudices about it.

Even in Soviet times, the Statistical Service Office was surprised with the fact that 70 % of marriages registered in the Palace were broken, while the average number of divorces in the city was just 35–40 %. And a portion of Pobedy Avenue between the Vozdukhoflotsky Bridge and Polytechnic Institute was the most accident-prone before the separating strip appeared there. The road has never had left turns usually causing accidents but cars crashed all the time. About two dozens of accidents happened there every day.

Also there is a legend that the tube portion between the stations Politkhnichesky Institut and Vokzalnaya was planned to pass under the Palace. However, when constructors began to wire, they faced with anomalous situations: it short circuited and all equipment got out of order.

Because of these unexplainable facts, the engineers had to change the tube way to go round the Palace. This "hook" increases the distance between the stations for a couple of kilometers and people need to spend more time under the ground.

Anyway, the building is very beautiful and amazes with its magnificence.

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Civil Registry Office in Kiev, Central Wedding Palace in Kiev

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