This year the Kiev chestnuts is 175 years old.
Every spring the residents of Kiev and guests of the city there is a nice opportunity to observe absolutely not mysterious, but the really unsurpassed sight. Most of the streets and avenues of the city are transformed, painted in light green, white and pink. This Kiev chestnuts bloom – a permanent symbol and visit card of the capital.
Guests from the Balkans
Few people know that a chestnut is not a native resident of Kiev. This tree came to us from the long Balkan countries, where its natural habitat. Legend has it that chestnut came to us to decorate one of the Central streets, now called the Taras Shevchenko Boulevard. However, at the behest of Tsar Nicholas I, who did not like the look of the overseas plants, all seedlings in an emergency order have been uprooted and replaced with poplars. From imminent death “Balkan guest” saved the ordinary people of Kiev, picked up the dying trees and planted them in the yard. For what subsequently took the chestnuts with a vengeance thanked its color.
A beautiful legend is a beautiful city. However, the official history of the chestnut Avenue – a little more prosaic. According to the archives, it began in 1842, when Yar at the University of St. Volodymyr (now Taras Shevchenko) by architect Vikentiy Beretti with scientific purpose was laid out Botanical garden. Exactly twenty years later, in 1862, one of the first graduates of the University, Professor Corneal laid here and the chestnut alley.
To date, according to city officials, in Kiev there are about 2 million chestnut trees. However, several dozen of them – the same ones who planted more than half a century ago.
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