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Sights of Lviv

10 favorite tourist attractions
Lviv is a wonderful city that has gone through a thorny path of ups and downs. Today the settlement of western Ukraine is an important historical and cultural center. There is a special, somewhat sentimental atmosphere. There are a lot of valuable architectural monuments located in Lviv city. It boasts of unrivaled temples, cathedrals, churches, unique museums, interesting exhibitions and large-scale festivals.

This article is about ten favorite tourist attractions and places

Rynok Square

Rynok Square was laid during the reign of Prince Danylo Romanovych. For many years it served as a center of trade and social life of the medieval settlement. Austrian and Italian architects worked on the square`s buildings.There are forty-four stone and brick buildings on the Lviv town square. They are made mainly in the Renaissance style, sometimes Gothic elements are traced in their design. Architects Pavlo Rymlyanyn, Bernard Meretyn, Petro Krasovsky, Petro from Barbona and others worked on the projects of the houses. The town hall is a large building with a rectangular shape. It has a high tower, which is decorated with a huge clock.

After overcoming four hundred steps, you can climb to the observation deck. The town hall is surrounded by sculptures of Neptune, Amphitrite, Adonis and Diana. In the middle there is a complex of fountains. There is a Magistrate the on the Rynok Square; Museum-pharmacy "Under the Black Eagle"; Kornyakt Palace and its romantic "Italian courtyard"; Post Office Museum (located in the Bandinelli Palace); Lubomyrsky Palace; the History Museum “Black House”; Museums of uniforms, furniture and porcelain, etc. Films about old Europe were made here. Fairs and festivals (Leopolis Jazz Fest, "Night in Lviv", "Coffee to Lviv", "Golden Lion", etc.) are organized annually on this square. The Maidan preserves the spirit of the Middle Ages. There is a cobblestone. From the square in different directions diverge 8 streets, many excursion routes. In the warm seasons of the year in the recreation area there are street cafes. In summer, restaurants also set their tables outdoors. On the square you can hear the wonderful works of Strauss, take a lesson in Latin salsa.

High Castle

"High Castle" in Lviv is a monument of garden and park art, the name of which is not true today. The castle has not been here for a long time. Only a small part of it has survived. High Castle Park with two terraces stretches on the slopes of Castle (Prince) Mountain. It covers an area of ​​36.2 hectares. On the lower terrace there is a gardener's house, an observation deck, a memorial sign erected in honor of Maxim Krivonos, as well as a stone dedicated to the victory of Polish King Jan III Sobieski over the Turkish enemies in 1675. The upper terrace is located at an altitude of 413 meters above sea level. Another observation deck is arranged on the artificial mound. From the "High Castle" you can see Lviv in the palm of your hand, namely - an incredible panorama of its old and new city. All this beauty can be seen by overcoming many steps. Visitors to the park get a great opportunity to walk up the stone serpentine and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

Address: Lviv, Zamkova Street. How to get there: near the park "High Castle" there are transport routes - bus № 114, 138, 28, 41, 53, tram under №6. You can get to the park by taxi. Go to Lychakivska Street, and from there walk down the hill, which takes about 15 minutes.

Lviv National Opera

The Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater was built during the 1897s and 1900s. Architect Sigmund Gorgolevsky once worked on his project. The building was built in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. The object impresses, both outside and inside, with a rich sculptural decor. Talented sculptors P. Voitovych, Yu. Markovsky, A. Popel, E. Pech, and T. Baronch worked on the figures. Marble and gilding were used for the interior decoration of the room. Here you can see decorative paintings by artists T. Popel, M. Gerasimovych, T. Rybkovsky, Z. Rozvadovsky, S. Dembitsky, S. Reikhan, stucco ornaments. The auditorium resembles a lyre in its form, contains a ground floor, balconies, loggias. It is decorated in white with gilding. Balconies are decorated with plaster atlases, caryatids, muses, geniuses, germs. On the ceiling of the hall there is a round plafond with a bronze chandelier, which was made according to the project of Z. Gorgolevsky. Today at the Lviv Opera you can listen to opera and operetta, see ballet, performance, theater performances, premieres and enjoy the concert program. Festivals and exhibitions are held indoors from time to time.
Address: Lviv, Svobody Avenue, 28

How to get there: to visit the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, you can use any minibus or tram that passes through the city center. From the railway station minibuses depart at № 29, 32, 25.

Armenian Cathedral

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Armenian Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is an ancient architectural monument of Lviv, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction of the stone building of the temple began in 1356 according to the project of architect Doring. The Armenian Cathedral was the center of the spiritual and cultural life of the Armenians. In the ensemble of the temple are intertwined different architectural styles - Armenian-Oriental (XIV century), Renaissance, Baroque (XVII century), Oriental (early XX century). In front of the tiled courtyard of the cathedral you can see the bell tower of the author Peter Krasovsky. Inside the temple captures the spirit of stained glass, decorated with colorful mosaics, walls. There are frescoes depicting the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, on which the Polish artist Jan Henryk Rosen worked, as well as paintings on wet plaster - "Vision of Catherine Emmerich", "Burial of St. Odeon" and more.

The doors of the cathedral are open daily. Every Sunday, at 11:00, a church service is held here. Address: Lviv, 7/13 Virmenska Street How to get there: The Armenian Cathedral is located at 7/13 Virmenska Street. But the entrance to the church is provided from the side of Krakivska Street.
You need to get to the center by local transport. You should go out on the avenue near the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater. Going from it, you will have to pass two streets, and on the third turn left and cross the road.


Dominican Monastery

Dominican Monastery and Cathedral The cult building - the Dominican Church - is a worthy example of late Baroque architecture. The Museum of the History of Religion has been operating in the monastery and the bell tower since 1972. Construction of the cathedral began in 1749. The author of the project was a famous engineer, architect Jan de Witte. Later, a two-tiered bell tower was built next to the church, designed by Polish architect Julian Zakharewicz. The Church of the Dominican Order is cross-shaped in plan. It has a rounded central part. On the sides of the cathedral are bell towers. A huge elliptical dome rises above the building. Below it are statues of angels, saints. Impressive gilded sculptures of the altar, interior decoration of the sacred building, marble, alabaster tombstones. The walls of the temple inside are decorated with balconies and columns, gold stucco and balustrades. Entrance to the temple is free. On the days of worship in the cathedral you can hear unsurpassed organ music.

Address: Lviv, Museum Square, bldg. 1

Getting there: The Dominican Cathedral is located in the historic center of Lviv. From Rynok Square, return to Virmenska Street, go to the very end and turn to Ivana Fedorova Street. Nearby, on Museum Square, adorns a huge Dominican church. It is also possible to go to the temple from Pidvalna Street.

City Hall

Lviv City Hall is located in the "heart" of the city of Lviv, on Rynok Square. The administrative building is an architectural monument of national importance, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today the city council meets here. The town hall tower with a round dome reaches a height of sixty-five meters. Its observation deck offers a wonderful panorama of romantic Lviv. But to get to it, you need to sweat and overcome as many as four hundred and eight steps! At the entrance to the building you can see two guards - stern lions. The town hall is adorned with a huge antique clock with a two-meter hand.

Address: Lviv, Rynok Square, 1
How to get there: from Palace Square, 1 (central railway station in Lviv) you should walk about one hundred and ninety meters in the direction of the stop (at the train station). Next you need to take the tram under №1 or №10. They go to the stop "Market Square". It is still sixty-four meters in the direction of the town hall. You can also get to the square by car or taxi.

Museum-pharmacy "Under the Black Eagle"

The pharmacy-museum is the oldest of all existing pharmacies in the city of Lev (the date of its foundation is 1735), which was turned into a museum. Here are ancient pharmaceutical equipment and extracts, tinctures, herbariums, elixirs, ointments, medicinal wines on herbs, which were made by medieval pharmacists. It was founded by the military pharmacist Natorp. Today, the pharmacy-museum has more than eight thousand exhibits. In the room you can see cabinets made of oak and decorated with artistic carvings, porcelain, earthenware, metal pharmacy utensils, colored glass, antique scales, devices for cutting herbs and printing labels, machines for making pills, stone mortars for ointments, etc. . Visitors are also invited to explore the pharmacy dungeon.

Address: Lviv, street Stavropigiyska, bldg. 3
Getting there: Stavropigiyska Street stretches from the northeast corner of Rynok Square in an easterly direction. To get to the main square of the city, you should take the tram at або1 or №10 at the train station. You need to get out of the transport on the "Market Square". It is also possible to get there from any district of Lviv by minibus, trolleybus. You should get out on Svobody Avenue, the University stop or on Pidvalna Street, and then walk to the square.

St. George's Cathedral

On St. George's Hill is the main Greek Catholic cathedral of the city of Leo - St. George. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a striking example of Ukrainian late Baroque architecture. The complex includes a cathedral, a bell tower, a metropolitan chamber, as well as walls, gardens, chapter houses, terraces with stairs, etc. Construction of the Greek Catholic Cathedral began in 1744 according to a project by Bernard Meretin. After the architect's death, Clemens Xavier Fessinger erected the shrine. Construction work was completed in 1764. S. Fabiansky, Y. Radyvylivsky, M. Smuglevych and L. Dolynsky worked on the interior painting of the cathedral. At the disposal of the Church of St. George are miraculous icons - Terebovlya and Kiev. The relics of the saints rest here, a copy of the Shroud of Turin is kept.

Address: Lviv, St. George's Square, 5.
Hours: 10am to 6pm daily.
How to get there: it is easy to get to St. George's Cathedral. At the train station you need to take the tram at № 6. At the second stop get off (near the church of St. Lisbeth). Next, select one of several routes. If you walk down Sheptytsky Street, you can go to the cathedral. You can also follow Horodotska Street, turn right. Near the shrine there are bus routes under №№ 125, 156, 28, 41, 51. From the bus station there is a bus under №3a.

Latin Cathedral

The Latin Cathedral is located in the central part of the Cathedral Square. It is built of blocks and bricks of two shades. The Latin Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an ancient Roman Catholic church, built mainly in the Gothic style. The temple was built slowly. The process of its construction lasted about one hundred and fifty years (from the middle of the XIV century). Tourists will be interested to see the tower of the shrine, the chapel, such as Campians, which is a valuable monument of the Renaissance. After the reconstruction, the tower of the cathedral was covered with Baroque style, which is decorated with stone vases. Near the outer wall of the Chapel of the Champions is a sculptural composition "The Holy Sepulcher". The interior of the temple impresses with a magnificent altar, pompous Gothic arches, unique stained glass windows and original vaults. The cathedral shines with gilding and enchants with the incredible sound of organ music. In 2001, Pope John Paul II visited the church and presented the cathedral with a "golden rose" as a decoration.

Address: Cathedral Square bldg. 1
How to get there: from the bus station to the center of Lviv can be reached by bus №3a, and then a short walk to the cathedral on foot.

Potocki Palace

Potocki Palace is a famous architectural monument of Lviv. It is interesting not only for its exterior decor, but also for its interior decoration and the design of the rooms, which preserve the spirit of the count's life of the 19th century. The authors of the project of the building were architects - Frenchman Ludwig de Verni and Polish Julian Cibulski. The construction of the palace came to an end in 1880. Since 2000, the Potocki Palace has been subordinated to the Lviv Art Gallery. The building covers an area of ​​3100 sq / m. It is built in a classical style with baroque elements. The facades of the palace are decorated with huge windows with figured molding, balustrades, balconies with consoles. The paths in front of the Potocki Palace are lined with red and gray tiles. Inside the house you can see, decorated with gilding, marble, wood ceremonial halls, paintings, various furniture, sculptures, cast in bronze, as well as carpets, valuable icons, luxury household items and many other things.

Address: Lviv, street M. Copernicus, bldg. 15

How to get there: from Palace Square, 1 (from the central railway station in Lviv) you should walk about one hundred and ninety meters in the direction of the stop "Railway Station". Next you need to get on the tram at № 1 or №10. They go in the direction of the stop "Petro Doroshenko Street". It is necessary to get out on it. Another three hundred and seventy meters should be overcome from the stop in the direction of the Potocki Palace. The monument can also be reached by car or taxi.