Sticking back to the history, the idea to construct the St. Andrew’s church came to Empress Elizabeth, who visited Kiev in 1744, and with her own hand she laid the first stone of the future church. Now the monogram of the sovereign is inscribed on the frontons of Saint Andrew’s Church.  The chief-architect of the court was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who was known for numerous constructions in the baroque style – grandiose palaces and churches in Saint Petersburg. But the Church of Saint Andrew with its modest proportions is perharps the most harmonious and picturesque work he left behind.  Saint Andrew’s Church, an outstanding monument of the 18th century, was declared as a museum in 1968.