Svobody Prospekt (Freedom Avenue) is Lviv's main boulevard in the city centre. It leads from the Opera House in the north to the Mickiewicz Square in the south.
The avenue consists of a wide tree lined pedestrianised area in the middle and one way streets on each side.
Near the southern end of the avenue, the Virgin Mary Fountain can be found. Virgin Mary is said to be Lviv's city patroness.
The monument to the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko and the so called Wave of National revival are situated in the middle of the avenue. They were erected in the 1990s and are a popular meeting point.
Lviv travel guide in 5 languages
Touring Lviv (Publisher: Baltia) - a detailed 224-page guidebook on the sight-seeing places, with maps. Includes a lot of useful information, including Lviv restaurants, coffee shops, place to go out and accommodation tips. it also has a section on trips outside of Lviv (Zhovkva-Krekhiv, Olesko-Pidhitsi-Zolochiv, etc.) Besides Ukrainian and Russian, it’s available in English, German and Polish. it's available in all book stores on Rynok Sq. and around. the price varies from 55-65 Hr ($11-13). there are also plentry of smaller brochures and leaflets on the single places like the Latin Cathedral, the Golden Horse-Shoe trip, etc.
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One of the most impressive buildings in the city is opera building. It is in the beginning of the central main street, Prospect Svobody. The opera theatre was built in 1897-1900 by Gorgolevsky architect. I heard there is great interior in the theatre but there was no performance during my visit, so I hope to enjoy interior in my next visit of the city.
Monument to Shevchenko
Monument to Shevchenko poet is situated on Prospekt Svobody, the main street of Lviv. It was built in 1992-1995 by Sukhorsky brothers sculptors. Exactly on this place in 1898 the monument to the Polish King Jan III Sobessky was placed but in 1950 it was moved to Polish city Gdansk.
We found the people of Lviv to be very friendly and welcoming. Several seemed to take a lot of interest in our group, especially when they realised that we came from so many different countries. The young man whom we “adopted” on the first morning as a sort of unofficial guide; the other young man who was roped in to take group photos for us in the main square and took the task very seriously; the owner of “U Pani Stephy” restaurant who baked her own-recipe cheesecake for us; and the sales assistant in a souvenir shop who waited while I went to change money to make my purchase.
But most memorable of all were the two occasions when we engaged in conversation with local young people. The group here at the Lychakiv Cemetery were with their teacher who was keen that they have a chance to talk English with us. They were a really lovely group and I think the encounter made our day as much as it did theirs. After the impromptu photo session we allowed them to keep our VT flags, so somewhere in Ukraine now there is probably a classroom festooned with the VT logo and VT message!
The second encounter came later the same day on the top of High Castle Hill where we ran into a group of teenage English students. They were much more self-conscious than the morning’s younger crowd had been, but one girl eventually opened up enough to talk a bit about their studies and where they came from, and her friends clustered round to listen even though they were too shy to join in.
If you should get a similar opportunity do take it. It’s rare for these young people to be able to talk English to a native speaker, so you’ll be helping them out, but it may also be one of the most memorable experiences of your trip.