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YAMSKA STREET

Yamska entered the history of Kyiv as a street with provocative fame. In the 50's of the nineteenth century, at the request of the local residents, brothels were relocated to it. Later the city authorities decided to move such institutions with a dubious profile from the Andriivsky descent to the outskirts. The inhabitants of Yamska, who were mainly cab drivers, mechanics and workers, decided to accept the challenges of their times. Since then, life became buzy - bars, raree-shows quickly opened, in the evenings the street lit traditional signs - "red" lanterns.  Soon, this notorious business led to the disgrace of the area and desolation set in here after the brothels closed. The smith’s and the waggonwright's are the few building preserved from older days here.

  • It was about those times when the poorest Kyivites lived here, the famous novel by the Russian writer Alexander Kuprin "Yama" was written. It is noteworthy that institutions and services at Yamska were differentiated according to clients - three rubles, two and one. 

  • Waggonwright's - a monument of production culture, is located at number 54. Here coaches and waggons were manufactured and repaired. The wooden walls of the shop are made of half-logs and bricks.  The seven small windows and doors in the front look unusual to us.

- Find out more about the Ukrainian period of Kuprin. "Yama" tells you about a completely different Kyiv.

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