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Lviv is the source of diverse impressions: spiritual, esthetical, cultural, entertaining, cuisine etc.

 

The very special ambiance have the streets of the Princely Lviv - terrains that hide a lot of interesting stories and relics of the past.

 

Lviv Market square
Lviv fortifications

Roman Catholic Church

Gunpowder Tower
Lviv Market square
Lviv fortifications
Roman Catholic Church
Gunpowder Tower

 

The most interesting part of Lviv - medieval quaters inscribed to Unesco World  Heritage list. Narrow old town streets sooner or later will bring you to the magnificent Market square -  unique square in Ukraine with a history full of local colour and the perls of Rannaissance architecture. Charming old burger`s houses, a proud City Hall in the middle, multiple lions (city emblems), which decorate the facades, classical fountains and open air coffee houses all together create a unique ambiance of beauty and  bygone times. At Armenian street you can feel a special atmosphere infused by the spirirt of old times, drink a good coffee, see an interesting "building of the year seasons" and learn exciting facts from the history of local Armenian community.  The Pidvalna street offers some splendid urban views with the remnants of Lviv fortifications, a tiny book market around the monument of the first Ukrainian book printer.

 

The quaters of Habsburg era are worth visiting as well: fashinable buildings from Austrian period, aristocratic palaces and representative edifices of Galician capital. The main attractions of that city part include visiting the impressive and Pototski Palace, that hosts the local Art Gallery - the largest and arguably the fines art museum of Ukraine Do not miss Prospekt Svobody - the main city promenade and a favourate place for dating and meeting old and new mates. Another architectural highlight is a Scientists House - former Aristocratic Casino with its lavish decor both from inside and outside. The splendid building of Lviv National University (former Galician Parliament) is a real bonus for treveller visiting that part of Lviv city.

 

Peaceful yards, backstreets and passages are the unseparable part of old Lviv, that conceals a lot of interesting viewpoints and historical surprises. A must-to-visit place is an Italian yard - a very tranquil, classic place to have a cup of coffee and a snack in a courtyard reminiscent of Italy, as this establishment's name implies. The courtyards of Ukrainian Assumption church and Armenian cathedral leave nobody indifferent by splendour of their architectural entourage.

 

In addition do not miss a chance to visit one of Lviv undegrounds (for instacne the ones under Jesuit cathedral opened for visitors) and to climb the City Hall tower with its splendid panoramic views of the city

 

The Lychakiv cemetery  is one of the oldest graveyards in Europe, dating from 1786. Lviv's most prominent graveyard is now an open air museum and considered by many to be even more than that. It is now a major Lviv tourist attraction, a "gallery of art work", featuring graves of many renowned personalities of Ukraine and Poland. Of course, the most important aspect of the cemetery is the variety of beautiful gravestones in memorial to famous soldiers, poets, artists, writers, composers, historians, etc., primarily of Ukrainian and Polish descent. In 1990 the cemetery was declared a historical monument, and since the 1980's reconstruction has continued and the cemetery has become a popular tourist attraction.

 

Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv
Scientist House interior


Lviv Svobody Avanue
Lychakiv cemetery
Scientist House interior
Museum of Folk Architecture
Svobody Avenue

 

The local Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life  (known also as "Shevchenko Hai") is a unique open-air museum which combines hilly landscape, Carpathian  ambiance and origional wooden  structures from various regions of Western Ukraine. The museum territory expands for over 60 acres and represents 8 ethnographic areas. There are six wooden churches in the museum making the real adornment and pride of that place. The oldest exhibit - St. Nikolas wooden church dating back to 1749. The museum hosts a number a number of ethnographic, folklore and art efstivals and fairs throughout the year.

 

 

Lviv is known as the city of beautiful churches - of different epochs, architectural styles and denominations. The very masterpiece of local baroque is St. George cathedral , nicely  located on the hill, thus being one of the city dominants. Another perl of sacred architecture is Latin Metropolitan cathedral which harmoniusly combines different epochs and styles - Gothic, Renaisance and Baroque. The richnes of external and internal decor enables Armenian cathedral to have the outstanding impression for visitors. This one of the oldest Lviv churches is graced with magnificent frescoes and mosaics. Anothe beautiful baroque complex is Dominican church which refined outlines are the true city adornment in combination with beautiful Korniakt tower located nearby. Great impression is usualy made by  majestic monastery complex of Bernardines and Benedictine Nunnery, as well as the former Jesuit church - once the largest church of Lviv city.

 

The the avenue`s prospect is finished with the beautiful Lviv Opera House - a truely architectural gem of Lviv. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, designed by architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski, the Grand Theatre in Lviv has been compared to the Paris and Vienna opera houses. Standing in front of the magnificent façade of this marvellous building, one can feel the overwhelming power of art, its eternity in contrast with the transience of human life. This building comprises various European architectural styles fashioned in all their lavishness.

 

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