The Mariinsky Palace, built as an imperial residence in Kyiv in 1755, offers registered online excursions lasting 45 minutes. Visitors undergo security procedures similar to airport checks and can photograph various sections including the White Hall and negotiation rooms. The palace has survived fires, bombings, and multiple renovations, finally becoming the Presidential Residence in 1991. Highlights include an exhibition of presidential gifts, historical paintings, and elaborate dining settings. The Indian movie “RRR” was partially filmed at the Palace. Register online for information on excursion costs and schedules.
Chernivtsi National University, also known as the “Ukrainian Hogwarts,” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011. Housed in the former Residence of Bukovynian and Dalmatian Metropolitans, the complex is notable for its stunning architecture and rich history. The university was founded in 1875 and tours, featuring highlights like the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs and the Metropolitan Building, are available to visitors.