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House of Galshka Gulevychivna

Halshka Hulevychivna House is the oldest brick building of the complex of buildings of Kyiv Brotherhood Epiphany Monastery of the end of the 16th — early 17th century. According to the memorial documents, it is better known as the cooking room with cells, which, along with other seven historical buildings of the monastery, is a monument of history and architecture of national importance. There are several versions of the original functional purpose of the building.

According to one of them, it was a dwelling house which H. Hulevichivna donated to Kyiv Brotherhood in 1615 for the Kyiv Brotherhood School. And later it transformed into a monastery cooking room, that is, a kitchen.

According to the second version, this is a former refectory built during Petro Mohyla time and described by Paul Aleppsky in the famous Podorozh Patriarkha Makariia [The Travel of Patriarch Macarius].

According to the third version, the building was administered for the cooking room from the very beginning.
Kyiv-Mohyla community supported the version by which the building was a family home of Halshka Hulevychivna who gifted it with the whole estate to Kyiv Brotherhood.

Since the grant of Halshka Hulevychivna notes that she immediately passes the estate to the disposal of Kyiv Brotherhood, and “introduces the school,” it is likely that Kyiv Brotherhood School was located right in Halshka Hulevychivna’s House.

In the early 1960s, Petro Mohyla built a new building near the House of Halshka Hulevychivna for the successor of Kyiv Brotherhood School — Kyiv Collegium. The new building was used as a teaching room and refectory with the Church of St. Borys and Hlib. Since then, for a long period before the liquidation of the monastery and the Academy by the Soviet authorities, the House of Halshka Hulevychivna was used as a kitchen room at the refectory of the monastery and educational institution.

Although the building was many times rebuilt and adapted to various needs, it has retained its structure: one-story, rectangular according to the plan (originally with two lateral wings that later were lost), with a central entrance in the middle of the southern facade, the entrance hall and two rooms built in mirror-reflected position, as well as with a rare passage in the northern wall, and vaults of the first floor and basements.

In 2006-2008 NaUKMA restored the building along with the refectory, after which NaUKMA Museum opened. Today the House of Halshka Hulevychivna hosts the exposition of the 400-year history of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, other exhibitions, academic conferences, round tables, and presentations.