Lviv Things to Do

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    Strijski Park

    by Raimix Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    This park is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Lviv. The project was created Arnold Rering in 1876 - 1877, area housed Strijski cemetery before. Already in 1894 here an exhibition was organized, showing the most typical things about this part of Ukraine.

    Nowadays it is also popular by located, here I saw some sculptures (let say, for Jan Kilinski, who participated in 1794 rebellion), also pounds, nicely decorated entrance gates.

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    Metropolitan’s palace

    by Raimix Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    Metropolitan's palace is quite significant place in Lviv and stands just opposite the St. George Cathedral. Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church metropolitans stayed here already from 16th century, but this current building is from 18th century, it has both baroque and classicism styles.

    When pope John Paul II visited Lviv in 2001, he stayed just in this place.

    Palace looks quite elegant and bright, maybe it is impression due to great weather that day :) I was happy to have good weather all that my stay time.

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    Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life

    by Raimix Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    After seeing the wooden Slavic style wooden church on Lviv presentation I imidiatelly decided also to visit museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, also named as "Shevchenkivsky Hay".

    It was founded in 1972 and presents all regions of Ukraine in old traditional architecture. You could see here some specific churches, houses, other buildings. Most of them are moved from places they originally stood before (some as old as 200 years).

    The entrance to museum is around 10 grivens. If you are not in hurry, it is possible to spend a half of the day here. Actually visit of this museum and Lychakiv cemetery took almost whole day.

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    Monument to Daniel of Galicia

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    Monument was built in 2001, and it was made to commemorate 800 years for the birthday of king Daniel Galytsky, Lviv founder.

    It is quite standard sculpture, as king Daniel of Galicia is siting on a horse. It is very popular motive all around the World, showing the status and strenght of personality. He was the one to unify Galicia region and to fight back against border enemies, as Golden Horde.

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    Monument for Taras Shevchenko

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    Taras Shevchenko monument stands in Svobody avenue from 1992, so it is kinda new structure in Lviv. It was in already when Ukraine got independence.

    It is one of the most interesting monuments in Lviv, quite arty one. It is prohibited to drink alcohol nearby, as Taras Shevchenko was quite significant person in Ukraine.

    About Taras Shevchenko. At first, he was not the same football player, don't be confused. He lived in 19th century, was famous writer and artist, one of creators of modern Ukrainian language. He also lived in Vilnius (my hometown) for some time.

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    Sts Peter and Paul church

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    This church is known as one of the first Baroque style monuments in Lviv. It was built in 1610 - 1630 by Jesuit Order monks. The monks were known due to spread of Catholic religion and education, also fighters against Reformers. Church is one of typical examples of the Gesu church in Rome.

    It had also a big tower, but in 1830 it was decided to take it out. Nowadays is it is written, it is possible to visit not only main interior, but also underground.

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    Church of Transfiguration

    by Raimix Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    Church was build in beginning of 18th century as Catholic church, presenting new French Classicism style. I think it looked a bit different as it is now, as from the middle of 19th century it was taken by Greek Catholics and changed - copulas were built, interior got the view, influenced to Eastern religion.

    In first half of 20th century it was famous place for meetings of Ukrainians national movement. Nowadays church works again, it is quite colorful inside.

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    Church of the Archangel Michael

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    Church is known from the middle of 17th century, but later it was many times reconstructed, anyway it keeps the baroque style. That is funny, but in Soviet times the monastery building was used as a hostel, church - as a warehouse.

    Nowadays it already works as it should be, also it is known for chorus "Blagovest", that is popular in Ukraine and other countries.

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    Lychakiv cemetery

    by Raimix Written Feb 14, 2013

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    As tourist information tells, it could be equally interesting as other famous Europe's cemteries. Actually I found it interesting, quite arty, not just ordinary cemetery.

    Lychakiv cemetery was founded under the Austrian rule in 1786. It was mainly used for burying upper class people (as worker class and Jewish people were buried in other places). So here some of grave stoves could look rich in decoration, individual.

    The main accent, at least for me, was the graves of Polish soldiers, who defended Lviv against Ukrainians in 1918-1919 (that time it was under Polish rule). After getting money from Poland, now place looks well preserved.

    If you go to this site, better to use public transportation, as it is in further distance from old town. The entrance to cemetery is 10 grivens.

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    Column for Adam Mickiewicz

    by Raimix Written Feb 14, 2013

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    Adam's Mickiewicz monuments you could meet not only in Ukraine, but also Poland, Lithuania, Belarus. He was a poet, writer, living in former territories of Poland - Lithuania commonwealth, writing mainly poetry in Polish language, but calling Lithuania his motherland (so, he is kinda shared among countries).

    Column here stands from 1904, it was projected by Polish sculptor Antoni Popiel. In Soviet times the square instead of St. Mary square was named in behalf of Adam Mickiewicz.

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    Monument to St. Mary

    by Raimix Written Feb 14, 2013

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    Lviv people look like religious people. Monument of St. Maria stands just not so far from old town zone. Originally it stood in place where now is Adam Mickievicz column with a sculpture.

    St. Maria sculpture was made in 1859. In Soviet times it was removed from public place and moved to Boims' chapel. Nowadays here is a copy of sculpture, and original stands in Church of St. Andrew. People come here to pray, put some flowers.

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    "Rusalka Dnistrova" Museum

    by Raimix Written Feb 14, 2013

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    Actually this museum is located in quite compact and small place - the bell tower of former Church of the Holy Spirit. Church was built in baroque style in 18th century, but during Second World it was destroyed.

    Nowadays just a bell tower left, baroque one, so place looks a bit strange. At first I was thinking it could be just unusually small church. "Rusalka Dnistrova" is a book about Ukrainians of Halychyna region, so museum tell facts about it (haven't visited it).

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    Ivan Franko National University

    by Raimix Written Feb 13, 2013

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    It is the oldest university in Ukraine, founded in 1661. The University was founded thank to Jesuit Order, that was spreading education around Europe (also in Vilnius, here university was founded in 1579).

    This current building was constructed in 1877-1881, in Viennese neo - Renaissance style. just from 1919 university was moved here, as before it was Parliament of Halychyna region. Interior (at least entrance side) is decorated by Soviet style art.

    Ivan Franko was Ukrainian writer, poet, journalist, ethnographer of Ukraine in second half of 19th century - beginning of 20th century. His sculpture stands in front of university.

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    Greek Catholic Cathedral of St. George

    by Raimix Written Feb 12, 2013

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    Church on that hill stood already in 13th century and was built by Halychyna-Volyn Prince Lev Danylovych. Current great looking complex was built in the second half of 18th century and represents rich rococo architecture. The architect was Bernard Meretyn, who went through Western architecture studies.

    Cathedral is very significant in Lviv and whole Ukraine. Script houses sarcophagi of the most significant figures of the Greek Catholic Church. It was the place I visited, I think, in my last day in Lviv, and it was worth it (was thinking even not visiting that part of city before).

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    Armenian Cathedral

    by Raimix Written Feb 12, 2013

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    It is a peace of Eastern culture in Lviv. Actually Armenian Cathedral was built in 14 - 15th centuries and it is one of still medieval examples in Lviv architecture. Traditional Armenian, also Romanesque, Gothic styles were used here.

    Long time ago Cathedral was surrounded by graves, so now some of them still survived. It is pity, I haven't visited it inside, as first time it was closed, and second time simple too much people, some groups.

    Lviv had a minority of Armenian people and they just lived at this part of town, nowadays Virmenska street.

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