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    Shevchenko Cult

    by hunterV Updated Dec 31, 2014

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    Favorite thing: A lot of things in Lviv are connected with the name of Taras Shevchenko (1914-1861), a genius of the Ukrainian people, an outstanding poet and a revolutionary democrat: Shevchenko monument in Liberty Avenue, Shevchenko Avenue, Shevchenko Society, etc.
    There is an unusual monument near the Arts Museum in Copernicus Street.
    The inscription reads, “Ukraine’s first liturgy for the repose of Taras Shevchenko took place in Lviv in 1862. Shevchenko cult began to spread all over Ukraine. In 1873 Shevchenko scientific society was founded. In 1988 Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Language Society was founded in Ukraine.”

    Fondest memory: Exploring down town Lviv with my VT friends

    Shevchenko memorial, Copernicus Street, Lviv Shevchenko memorial, Copernicus Street, Lviv Shevchenko memorial, Copernicus Street, Lviv Cathedral Square, Lviv An old mansion opposite Ivan Franko Park, Lviv
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    Eternal City

    by hunterV Updated Dec 31, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Lviv has a dramatic history indeed. It was built by the best European architects. The city residents spared no money and no efforts to make the city more beautiful and more comfortable for living. Many times over the centuries the city was threatened with complete destruction, but each time God’s Providence saved it. In spite of the two world wars and numerous sieges, all architectural masterpieces of Lviv survived and came to our times in the original, not as replicas.

    Sixty-five years ago the Soviet Communist authorities hatched plans of complete destruction of the historic center of Lviv and replacing it with wide and modern avenues filled with skyscrapers. Also, the Communist authorities planned to erect a huge monument to Lenin on the Castle Mount. However, their plans went awry. At present Lviv is one of Europe’s superb cities, and its central part belongs to UNESCO World Heritage.

    Lviv Arts Museum Rallies at Galician Square, Lviv Rallies at Galician Square, Lviv Lviv restaurants Former Dominican Cathedral, Lviv, Ukraine
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    UNESCO City

    by hunterV Updated Dec 21, 2014

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    Fondest memory:
    The Ensemble of the Historic Centre of Lviv has belonged to World Heritage of UNESCO since December 5, 1998.
    UNESCO kindly provided There is a very detailed description of Lviv and its history on its page.
    I am proud of the Spiritual Capital of Ukraine. I do hope the city will protect and develop its traditions and culture.

    Galician Square, Lviv Galician Square, Lviv Galician Square, Lviv The miniature High Castle in the arts museum park Krakivska Street near Market Sqwuare, Lviv
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    Promoting Lviv

    by hunterV Written Dec 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: According to Reuters, Lviv belonged to the Top Ten European Cities for a summer visit in 2013.
    Reuters also mentioned Virtual Tourist in its article “Travel Picks: Top 10 European Cities To See Now” published on June 21, 2013:
    The article reads, “Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine that's become a modern business hub, is the spot VirtualTourist members unanimously agreed is the top European city to see now.”
    Thanks, Reuters, for this article and for promoting the Majestic Lviv.

    Fondest memory: Exploring the city with my friends...

    Exploring downtown Lviv Book Lion store in Stephan Yavorsky Square, Lviv A church in Zamarstynivska Street, Lviv A lion flowerbed in front of the City Council Hryhorenko Square, Lviv
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    Tourist Information Center

    by hunterV Updated Nov 24, 2014

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    Favorite thing: This center is located to the right of the main entrance to the City Hall. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays – till 6 p.m. and on Sundays – till 5 p.m. They have a complete set of things about Lviv and Lviv region, including a computer where you can find lots of useful information.
    You can see a huge city standard on the left wall.
    The address is: 1 Market Square, call them +38 032 254 60 79.
    Tourist Information Center

    E-mail: tic@city-adm.lviv.ua

    Fondest memory: visiting its main sights and our tea and snacks at Kryivka restaurant.

    At the Tourist Information Center The national flag above the City Hall Stained glass inside the City Hall Inside the City Council building The statue of King Daniel inside the City Hall
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    Internet Clubs

    by hunterV Updated Nov 23, 2014

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    Fondest memory: Communa Internet Club located downtown came in handy during my stay in Lviv when I needed some urgent computer work to be done.
    They charge UAH 20 an hour and have a system of discounts for regular customers.
    The club is located on the second floor of the apartment house, next to Casablanca Store at 1 Galician Street (to the left of it).
    Downtown Internet Club

    Communa Internet Club is to the left of it Communa Internet Club, Lviv, Ukraine Communa Internet Club, Lviv, Ukraine Communa Internet Club, Lviv, Ukraine Communa Internet Club, Lviv, Ukraine
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    My Guidebooks

    by hunterV Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: It was very useful to take a look at some of the guidebooks.
    I bought one in Russian and took one in English - "Lviv in Your Pocket" - that was available at "George" hotel where my friends stayed.
    I understood that any tour was possible with "Lviv in Your Pocket".
    It contains all the necesary information and phone numbers for reservations.
    Also, I bought a panorama map of Lviv (pictured here) and it was very useful for orientation in this huge city.

    Fondest memory: many fond memories...It's hard to enumerate all of them...

    My Russian guidebook about Lviv My English guidebook about Lviv My panorama map of Lviv is great! Visiting Italian Yard is a must in Lviv, too... There are so many churches and cathedrals here...
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    City of lions

    by Raimix Written Feb 10, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Actually it is quite strange and unusual thing to Central - Eastern town of Europe, as old center of Lviv is full of lion details, sculptures. Unusual, as it is not Africa, but symbol of exotic animal is alive.

    The popularity of lions began from medieval times, when King Danylo Halytskyy named a town after his son Lev (a translation is "a lion"). It happened in 1256. You could find lion on emblem of Lviv, in sculptures, in details of houses, at the door entrance and so on. I was not too much into searching lions, but found a few.

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    "Back to Soviet times" feeling

    by Raimix Written Feb 10, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Despite as I told before it has a lot of features of Western - Central Europe, some things let me feel I am back to Soviet Union:

    Small shops with the most essential products
    Old Russian cars or marsrutkas (LADA, emergency car, mini-buses with unknown names)
    Public transportation system with tickets rolled into toilet paper style rolls

    Anyway, more or less everything changes, so I already haven't found a kvass machine or sculptures from Soviet times (ideological ones).

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    Influence of Western and Eastern World

    by Raimix Written Feb 10, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Lviv is always named as a confluence of East and West and actually it is true. The history shows that it was Orthodox and Catholic both. Also it was possession of a few countries as Halych Volyn Principality, Lithuanian Grand Duchy, Poland, Austria. Every of them formed something unique in understanding, religion, architecture. Nowadays, I should tell, the most visible is Polish and Austrian influence (let say older baroque churches, similar to Polish ones, and a few floor houses looking like in Austria).

    When I walked the town it looked a bit like Vienna, Krakow, Prague, just is smaller scale. Probably if I wont have possibility to see Ukrainian writings, I could tell it is another country.

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    Your Tour Guides

    by hunterV Updated Apr 24, 2012

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    Favorite thing: A lot of excursions around Lviv and Lviv region are organized by Ravlyk arts gallery located in the entrance hall of the ethnographic museum at 15 Liberty Avenue.
    I used their services and was glad.
    +38 032 243 35 99
    +38 067 303 60 44 Lessia
    E-mail: salon@ravlyk-art.com.ua
    laxsandra@mail.ru

    Fondest memory: The excursion to the cellars of former Jesuits Cathedral;
    our visit to the High Castle.

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    Lviv TV Tower

    by hunterV Updated Apr 24, 2012

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    Fondest memory: Visiting the area of the TV tower in Lviv that is 200 meters high.
    It was erected in 1957. It stands on High Castle hill.
    We passed the TV tower on the way to the observation platform located on High Castle Hill.
    Here are some wonderful views from the High Castle.
    We walked along the winding road up the hill in spite of the rainy weather and those magnificent views were our reward!

    200 m high! Lviv TV Tower was very close I enjoyed the views there! The views were superb! TV tower can be seen from the City Hall tower too
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    Churches of Lviv

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Lviv is home to many churches of various denominations. On our two trips we have probably seen the most popular ones. I have listed them under "Things to do" tips.

    Apart from these, we still came across quite a few other interesting churches. Among them were:

    The Baroque bell tower of the Church of the Holy Spirit was erected at the Kopernika Street 40 in 1729. At present it houses a museum about Rusalka Dnistrova, which was the first collection of Ukrainian literature.

    The Church of the order of poor Clares is nowadays home to a museum about sacral sculptures. The history of the building dates back to the 17th century. It is located at the beginning of Lychakivska Street.

    The Roman-Catholic St. Anthony Church got its present appearance in the early 18th century. It can be found at Lychakivska street 49a, just east of the city centre.

    Another Roman-Catholic church is situated just west of the city centre at Bandery Street 8. It is the Church of St. Mary Magdalene which was completed in the early 17th century.

    Church of the order of poor Clares Church of the Holy Spirit In front of St. Anthony Church St. Anthony Church Church of St. Mary Magdalene
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    Svobody Prospekt

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    The heart of Svobody Prospekt Adam Mickiewicz Monument Virgin Mary Fountain
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    Our Dinner

    by hunterV Updated Jul 5, 2011

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    Fondest memory: Our farewell dinner was great!
    Our group gathered two times at the Ukrainian restaurant - At Ms.Stepanie's - that was very close to "George" hotel where almost everybody was staying.
    This is where we could merely sit and exchange our impressions...

    Robert Dorms' mini-brewery, Lviv Welcome to Philharmonic Society in Lviv! The Aqua park is called Beware of hornets in Lviv (they are quite safe)...
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