Priorka house

Priorka house
Kyiv, Vyshgorodskaya str., 5.
In summer 1859, after a lot of petitions, Taras Shevchenko came to Ukraine, his intention was to settle here. 13 July 1859 poet was arrested near Prohorivky village and on 30 July he was brought to Kyiv. Governor-General I.I.Vasylchikov, after his conversation with Shevchenko, advised him as soon as possible to return to Petersburg. While the permission to leave was preparing, poet was admitted to bail to a priest of Troitskiy church – Yuhym Botvynskiy. Shevchenko did not want to live in a city center, so he decided to find an apartment and settled in a picturesque suburb – Priorka. Memories about his stay at Varvara Pashkovska’ apartment were written by her sister Stefania Krapyvina and published in 1875 in Petersburg newspaper «Bee».

About last stay of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv and his life on Priorka wrote his first biographer Mykhailo Chalyy in his book «Life and works of Taras Shevchenko» (Kyiv, 1882).

In 1989 in a building on Vyshgorodska str., 5 was created department of National museum of Taras Shevchenko – Memorial museum T.G.Shevchenko.

In an exposition of the museum, household of Kyiv suburb of the second part of XIX century is restored. Most of things, which are presented in “khata”, were given by the inhabitants of the village, descendants of those who met Taras Shevchenko personally.

Nearby the house, 400 year old oak is growing, under this tree Shevchenko loved to sit.