Panteleymon cat statue

Panteleymon cat statue
Lysenko str., 1 (Golden Gate park)

his life-like cat made of bronze is sitting on a stone in the park near the Golden Gate, one of the most famous and ancient places of Kiev.

Story of a cat statue

Story behind this statue is actually very simple: there was a real grey cat called Pantyusha who lived in the kitchen of a restaurant near the Golden Gate. He was a well-mannered one and, as it’s told, «personally checked» if everything was going right in his restaurant and didn’t leave it until closing due to a late hour. So, it’s hardly surprising that he was loved by the cooks and the waiters, as well as the visitors. After all, Pantyusha was choked to death in the accident fire. But soon after that some of the regular visitors of the restaurant donated a statue that was placed in the nearest park.

The first version od the statue was with the little bird close to Pantyusha, as a gift to the favourite pet, but it was broken off few times, so now the cat may hunt just after live pigeons. The statue is a real star of the neighborhood and its tail as well as tips of the ears is polished by numerous hands and looks as shiny as gold.


  • Ivan Houle 2015.08.25

    A resident in Kiev told me that it can bring good luck if you make a wish while rubbing the cats tail or ears or paws. Hence the reason why it is so polished in those areas.

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