©ollecting mascarons and stone faces of Kyiv since 2010

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Animals and other fauna

Horns and wings – the animal kingdom

The number of stone animals (not including lions) were found in Kyiv – 69

Most of them are birds – 31

One of the most frequently encountered masks is birds, especially owls. They not only symbolize wisdom and protect the house against stupidity, but also bring money into the house and protect the residents against evil. However, in Kyiv you can find exotic elephants, crocodiles and even rhinos.


Photo above: an eagle on the building of the Passage (Khreshchatyk Street 15). One of the most prominent houses in Kyiv is richly decorated with stone mascarons.

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