There is tsarist palace in Kyiv. Using Count O. Rozumovsky's palace in Perov, near Moscow, as a model, B. Rastrelli designed it in the rococo style for Empress Elizabeth I. It was built above the Dnieper River in the Pechersk district in the years 1747-55. It was inhabited sporadically by visiting member of the royal family and various governors, but otherwise stood empty. The palace was renovated in 1870 for the visit of Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria. Since 1919 the palace housed ministries, museums, official agencies. Now it is the presidential building.