Mariinsky Palace, located next to the Parliament building and in a park bearing the same name is a venue that is not a venue.
This baroque palace is the official residence of the President of Ukraine and it is used on special occasions and for greeting visiting dignitaries, but the rest of the time this beautiful building, a work of art in itself, stands empty and unused.
What’s the point of that?
People can admire the building, completed in 1752, from beyond the gates, but nobody is allowed to walk through the ornate rooms. In the United States the White House is (still, today) open to the public for prearranged tours because it is known as “the people’s house” and maybe we should begin a petition to get the same kind of visitation or access rights to Ukraine’s magnificent equivalent?