They say that Lviv is a little Paris, a city built with the love of harmony, truly European charm and surprisingly sophisticated understanding of beauty. There is always a special atmosphere reign and style, which are reflected in everything: names of small shops and cafes, elegant facades of buildings, beautiful and original design showcases the interiors of historic buildings in the downtown area … At all times Lviv was well known in Europe. Not surprisingly, in 1618 he was mentioned in the “Inventory of the most prominent cities of the world”, published in Cologne. And 380 years later, in November 1998, the Lions officially included in the UNESCO list of monuments of world importance. By the way, in my time here have been visited by Giacomo Casanova. He stayed in the Hotel “George”, as mentioned in his travel notes, and lamented the fact that the girls in Lviv were very beautiful but inaccessible. So they remain to this day.
Of course, all guests of Lviv seek primarily to visit the Market Square. For nearly six centuries it was the center of political, economic, social and cultural life of the city. Here were the magistrate, palaces and houses of eminent citizens, traded on it, to do judgment and punishment. Every structure in the central square of historic figures linked fate. Kornyakta house was once the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski lll. Patrician house of Roberto Bandinelli from Tuscany. Palazzo Bandinelli known in the history of Lviv as an “office” in the first regular postal service, which was opened by an enterprising Italian.
The first pharmacy, which appeared in Lviv, more than two and a half centuries ago, is also located in the Market Square. Today it is located Pharmacy Museum. In general, the pharmaceutical industry and science in Lviv for centuries occupied a leading position in the world and have enjoyed the honor of citizens. Each pharmacy was of the original title, such as “Under the gold star” or “under the Hungarian crown.” It makes the famous aqua vitae – “water of life”, “tincture for longevity”, “balm of life,” a series of “miracle” elixirs and other drugs. Here were discovering a world scale. For example, in 1852, Lviv pharmacists Zeha I. and J. Lukasiewicz first got kerosene – rectified oil. And in March, 1853 in Lviv, the world’s first lighted kerosene lamp.
Feature of the architectural style of Lviv is the fact that each subsequent building of the city was made without destroying the previous one. Thus, today the city reveals to us the wonderful world in which organically combines Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, eclectic, modern, constructivism … “Under the sky, and so much at such a star there was this beautiful city …” – wrote in the XVII century. Bartholomew Zimorovich, Lviv poet and historian.
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Must See in Lviv
The High Castle Hill. The place where a historic castle used to stand and now stands a mound built in 1869 to commemorate 300th anniversary of Lublin Union. On the mound there is an observation platform with nice views of the city and another sandy mound, which you can also climb, and which has a cross devoted to the dead of the war in Afghanistan. From the mound you can walk around the whole central hill-park of the town.
Ploscha Rynok (Market Square). You can climb the tower of the town hall: go in via the main entrance, wander about until you see a sign ‘вхид на вежу’, then follow those signs up 103 steps to a ticket-office and up 305 more steps to the top of the tower. There’s a great view of the Old Town, and this is clearly one of the romantic spots of the city: I saw a marriage-proposal there.
The Chapel of the Boim Family. The Chapel of the Boim family is a famous and very unique late Renaissance monument; it has no analogues, neither in Ukraine nor in the rest of Europe. This unique monument adorns Cathedral Square; this lane leads into one of the best views of Rynok Square and City Hall. Georgiy Boim, a Lviv merchant of Hungarian origin, who grew rich trading wine, obtained Lviv citizenship simultaneously with the post of burgomaster, and decided to build a family chapel of unparalleled beauty. The building, designed by Andrzej Bemer, a constructor from Wroclaw, was consecrated in 1615.
Lviv Opera Theatre. The Lviv Opera House (28 Svobody Square) is an architectural gem of Lviv, built in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1901, and one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. 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.
The Bernardine Church and Monastery. The Bernardine Monastery (now the Greek Catholic Church of St. Andrew) is an impressive monument in the Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque styles dating to1600-1630s. This is a fortified medieval monastery.
Italian Courtyard. One of the greatest monuments of civil Renaissance architecture of the sixteenth century in Ukraine is the Korniakt House at Rynok Sq., 6 in Lviv. Creator of the building architect Pietero Barbon, Italian in origin, combined the forms of Italian Renaissance and local traditions of ancient construction. The house includes beautiful spacious courtyard in the style of Italian Renaissance with 3-storeyed opened galleries that charm by the rhythm of arcades supported by the columns of Tuscan order. The proportions of the courtyard strike by their harmony.
St. George’s (Yura’s) Cathedral. St. Yura’s Cathedral is located on southwest cliff range and dominant in panorama of the city. The temple was built according to draft created by Bernard Merentin, in1744. After Merentin’s death 1759, Klements Fesinger continued with the work and finishes it. The founder of the temple was metropolitante, Anastasiy Sheptitskiy, who spared no effort in establishing and improving Ukrainian church. His desire was to build a great temple that would equal to the greatest cathedrals in Europe.
The Palace of Counts Pototskys. The Palace was built from the plans of French palaces on the river Laura. If you walk all inside you will be able to hide from noisy traffic on Kopernika Street, and you’ll have a chance to find a balcony that would suit a perfect place for two loving people. For this moment the Lviv national arts gallery is situated here.
The Dominican Church. Impressive Baroque temple built for Dominicans in 18th century. Resembles the church of St. Charles Borromeus in Vienna with its concave facade and huge elliptical dome. After WW2 the building served as a warehouse and later Museum of Religion and Atheism, now it is a Greek Catholic parish church.
Brewery Museum. Lviv is home to Ukraine’s oldest known brewery. In 2005 on the brewery’s 290th anniversary one of its old storage vaults was redecorated into a beer hall that became the Brewing Museum. The museum’s collection presents the history of brewing in Lviv and features ancient beer bottles, beer mugs from all over the world, beer barrels and books with beer recipes that date back to the 19th century; all exhibits are all labeled in English. Your admission fee includes a short film about the oldest brewery in Ukraine and a beer tasting (for those over 18, of course).
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Latin Cathedral. Latin Cathedral temple (1360-1460.) was building longer that human life lasts — around 100 years. Construction began in 60s, XIV century. The first builder was Nichko, a master from Lviv and the overseer was Peter Shteher. During that time building big structures required a lot time – cathedral was finished only in 1481. In 1404, Wrotslav master Ganske covered altar with arcs. It was also Wrotslav masters, Grom and Rabish, who continued their work.
Lychakivske Cemetery Museum. The site is under protection of UNESCO. There are about four hundred thousand people buried here, including Ukrainian heroes such as Ivan Franko; the park is enormous, and very pleasant to wander around on a network of variously-maintained paths. At the back of the cemetery is The Cemetery of the Defenders of Lwów, a necropolis which honors the Polish war dead from the Battle of Lwów and the 1918-1920 Polish-Soviet War. Destroyed after the Soviet deportation of the city’s Poles, it has recently been restored.