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15 facts about Lviv that you might not know

1. Lviv Opera has been around for 116 years. It was visited in the distant 1900s, when Lviv was ruled by the Austrians. Architect – Sigmund Gorgolevsky. It is said that a few years after the construction, the foundation of the building began to crack, and the architect was so excited that he died. Yes or no, but the fact is that he was buried in Lviv in Lychakiv Cemetery. By the way, Lviv Opera is considered one of the best in Europe. And it still stands, by the way, right next to the Poltva collector! .

2. The city of Lviv is an outpost of Ukrainian Greek Catholicism. It has the largest number of Greek Catholic churches in Ukraine. Last year, a monument to Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky, the leader of the UGCC in 1901-1944, was unveiled in Lviv. The author of the monument is a sculptor Andriy Koverko, architects Ihor Kuzmak and Mykhailo Fedik.

3. Lviv Post was the first in Ukraine. It was opened by the Italian businessman Roberto Bandinelli. He hoped to make good money on that business, but the expectations did not come true – letters at that time were delivered by carriage and correspondence was an expensive task. It was worth delivering a letter from Lviv to Gdynia or Gdańsk as a worker’s daily wage. Delivery time – 4 days .

4. In this house lived the famous Greek merchant and philanthropist Constantine Kornyakt. He is known for generously giving money to the Assumption Orthodox Brotherhood. In particular, he donated 1000 zlotys (a huge family at that time) for the victory tower, which was named in his honor – the tower of Kornyakt. Although the fraternity was predominantly Russian-Ukrainian, the wealthy Greek felt a spiritual kinship with them  – the  city ​​was predominantly Catholic.

5. Tourists in Lviv – at least spare. Of course, we are still far from Prague or Vienna, most of the big cities of Ukraine have already been overtaken. In 2019, Lviv was visited by more than 2.5 million people (before quarantine). After quarantine restrictions, the figure must reach and exceed the previous record.

6. Diana – one of the 4 characters of Greco-Roman mythology, the sculpture of which stands in the center. They were made by the Austrian Hartmann Witwer in 1797, when the “old town hall” and the magistrate were still standing. However, some historians believe that the sculptures were made in the 1820s.

7. Historic balcony. On June 22, 1941, the Soviet-German phase of the Great War began. On June 30, the Germans came to Lviv. As many Ukrainians viewed Berlin as a possible ally in the struggle against the Kremlin, the OUN proclaimed the “Act of Restoration of the Ukrainian State.” Of course, the restoration did not take place – it was never included in the plans of the leaders of the Third Reich. And the balcony is interesting because it was from it that Yaroslav Stetsko read that Act.

8. The number of coffee shops in Lviv is growing every year, even despite the pandemic. And no wonder – for many the city of Leo in the first place the city of coffee and chocolate. However, locals do not often sit in such cafes – takeaway tea / coffee often costs from 40 hryvnias.

9. Lviv – a city that has survived dozens of rulers. Founded by the prince Danylo Romanovich, it was both under Poland and under Austria, and part of the USSR. Lviv is now the official cultural capital of independent Ukraine. This status was granted to him by the government in 2009 .

10. Lviv first saw the cobblestones in 1487. At least, there is such a record in the old chronicles of the city. Then you changed the trimmings many times. But in the 1780s there was an interesting story about which Austrian newspapers wrote. The emperor of Austria came to Lemberg (as the Germans and Austrians called Lviv) and his carriage was simply stuck in the middle of the Market Square across the street. It was possible to pull out the emperor’s carriage with a pair of oxen. After that, the emperor ordered that the Market Square be carefully covered with paving stones. Probably, some cobblestones in the center still “remember” grandmother-Austria.

11. Many Lviv residents travel around the city by bicycle. In general, cyclists in Lviv have existed since the end of the 19th century – only then a bicycle was called a wheel, and a cyclist was called a wheelwright. Now Lviv can be called the cycling capital of Ukraine, because the cycling infrastructure is actively developing here, but we still have a long way to go.

12. The world-famous Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem studied at this school (pictured below). Lem’s works have been translated into many languages. The writer himself was born and raised in Lviv, but in 1939, when the Soviets came, he left the city forever, moving to Krakow. In his opinion, the Soviet government forever ruined the “old Polish Lviv”. By the way, writer Markiyan Shashkevych and musician Ilko Lemko studied at the same school.

13. Bogdan Zenoviy Khmelnytsky himself studied at this school. However, at that time he was not a hetman, not even a Cossack – but simply a smart and capable young man who wanted to get a good education. In the Middle Ages, Orthodoxy, to which Bogdan belonged, did not have many good educational institutions, and Catholics, on the contrary, offered miracles. Tyt Khmelnytsky studied various sciences, in particular, philosophy, rhetoric, Latin, and law. At the same time, the usual school №62 and the chess school of the international grandmaster Vasyl Ivanchuk, the vice-champion of the world in 2002.

14. From ancient times there was a large Jewish community in Lviv. Medieval Lviv descendants of Abraham in Yiddish spoke. And since before 1939 they had hundreds of shops in the city, the inscriptions were often Hebrew (as well as Polish and German).

15. Ivan Pidkova never lived in Lviv. But a monument to him was erected for another reason – the famous Cossack leader was executed by order of the Polish king Stefan Batory. Horseshoe with the Cossacks frequent attacks on Tyrechchyna, so Sultan Myrad III gave the Polish king the ultimate – either war or Ivan. The king was not ready for war, so he chose the latter .


Non-tourist places of Lviv. What you can visit during quarantine

The pandemic continues to make adjustments in our daily lives. After active winter holidays, Lviv residents and guests of the city have to follow the strict rules of the all-Ukrainian lokday.

However, this is not a reason to give up cultural and interesting leisure. We have prepared a selection of unexpected and safe places that will be of interest to both native Lviv residents and experienced travelers.

1. Open-air exhibition from Jam Factory Art Center

The Center for Contemporary Art in Pidzamche is still under construction, but the institution is already looking at large-scale projects. A 32-meter-long building banner with the artwork of the artist Olena Sybach “Mys. This is the greatest work of public art in Lviv.

Banner Art is an exhibition of the open sky, which anyone can visit at any time of the day, learn more about public art and own property. Under the banner there are exposition panels, as in galleries, they describe the history of the project and the concept of the work on the banner, as well as depict them.

Address: st. Bohdana Khmelnytskoho, 124
Price: free

2. Lviv Street Gallery

At the end of 2020, Lviv’s public gallery was renewed within the framework of the Equilibrium project. This is the third version of the gallery, on which 12 artists worked. Each work is individual, but at the same time the exposition is united by a common theme of balance and equilibrium. The gallery sets up a dialogue between great artists and city dwellers, giving passers-by the opportunity to appreciate contemporary art. The exposition is constantly changing, responding to current problems and generating new concepts.

Have time to see these works of art, try to unravel the metaphors and just enjoy the quality works of modern art.

Address: st. street Zamarstynivska, 29
Price: free
Time: 24/7

3. The territory of the plant “REMA”

In the past, a large-scale enterprise now serves as an environment for intellectual and physical products, and offices, photo studios, workshops are located here. We offer you to explore the territory of the plant “REMA” and find unique objects of modern art. For several years now, the street association “Painted Fox” has been transforming this space into an open-air gallery. Unexpected and interesting works can be found all over the territory of the plant.

Address: st. Zavodska, 31 (REMA)

4. Actual graffiti of the street artist dArt_Painter

The great artist dArt_Painter works directly with the city, creating works on current social topics. There are about ten works by this artist in Lviv, whose life is not long due to the actions of communal enterprises or passers-by. We invite you to visit the works “Breakfast on Bald Mountain on the last day of quarantine”. The artist used characters from E. Mane’s work: “Breakfast on the Grass”, but updated them with new elements.

“With this picture, I wanted to show people that we have a little bit to wait with you. A little time, and everything will be as before. ” – comments dArt_Painter. ⠀

Address: st. Kubiyovycha, 35b



5 urban objects of Lviv were included in the rating of the best in Ukraine

Five urban locations in Lviv were included in the rating of Kyiv architects in the  publication  “Skyscraper”.

Lviv also leads in the list of 15 municipal projects from different cities of Ukraine.


The leader in the ranking is the reconstructed Palace Square, which is the first to meet tourists from the main station of Lviv. Reconstruction of the area allowed to radically change the priorities of mobility on it. Now Dvirtseva is focused primarily on pedestrians and passengers of public transport.

“If applicable ranishe all namahalysya shvydenko pokynyty this depresyvny terytoriyu, verily zaraz prostory zapovneni these people, who with zadovolennyam therein perebyvayut or prohylyuyutsya – rozpoviv dyrektor” Instytyty prostorovoho rozvytky “Oleh Shmid.


The Sikhiv tram deservedly got to the rating, which significantly made life easier for the residents of the largest dormitory district of Lviv and beyond. The tram to Sykhiv was first talked about in 1966, and then in 2016. In total, the tram to Sykhiv cost Lviv 27.3 million euros. That was worth it! Urban planners agree that the tram to Sykhiv is a much-needed route for Lviv. It allows you to get from a remote area to the center in just 25 minutes, in particular, thanks to adaptive traffic lights with priority tram passing. Every day about 50 thousand Lviv residents use this tram line.



The memorial in memory of the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred in Lviv offers a new look at the places of remembrance, thanks to which it is not the first time it has been included in prestigious ratings. His project was selected at an architectural competition, and the location was agreed with the families of the victims. The memorial provides for two parts. The first, multi-level terraces with a square and a top table were opened in 2019. The realization of the second part of the memorial – the pedestrian bridge across the Kryvonos street – has been postponed.

“At first, the townspeople were shocked that there was no monument. They did not understand why, even without it, the memorial works and attracts people. This is a non-standard space, which rather shows abstract emotions and conveys the breath of those events in a “frozen” minimalist form, “he said.


Photo: ruslana_piano

Even with the presence of a pedestrian historic center, the city center of Lviv continues to create “shared space” for cars and pedestrians. And the authors of the rating of the publication “Skyscraper” could not avoid it.

“Lviv as all other mista i chto rozvyvayut pishohidni vylytsi, pidtverdyv nezminnist takoyi formyly, if applicable vylytsya-harazh peretvoryuyetsya pishohidnyy prostir nA, nA therein strimko zrostaye kapitalizatsiya biznesy i neryhomosti, and vidpovidno, zbilshyyutsya nadhodzhennya till the byudzhety. The local government must make sure that the design of the street becomes attractive to people, that they want to stay on it longer or just walk around. And the street, which attracts pedestrians, will already encourage entrepreneurs to develop the floors of houses, make them interesting for users, “- said the director of LCP” Institute of Spatial Development “Oleg Schmid.


The fifth urban location of Lviv, which was included in the ranking of projects of the decade, is a modern and convenient children’s playground YuraPark in the square of St. George. Instead of the usual multi-colored locks, they used limited color palettes with green, red and gray elements. YuraPark fits harmoniously into the environment due to the smoothness of the forms. The project also provided for the preservation of all trees in the area, and rubber flooring was used only around individual play facilities.

Bonus from us! Pedestrian alley on the street. Copernicus

Photo: yuliya_lyashchuk

Alley on the street Copernicus along the wall of the church of St. For a long time, Lazarus could be called a place of fear. After the reconstruction, it turned into a good public space that attracts Lviv residents.