The buildings on the Market Square have been built by merchants in order to impress each other, and the architecture is really impressive. Besides, every house has its own history, sometimes romantic, sometimes tragic. For example, there is a tragicomic story associated with house No. 9. It stands on a land plot which was the property of the church from 1376 to 1939. However, the city was reluctant to agree on transfer of ownership, and Archbishop Bernard excommunicated Lviv for such disobedience. The city, for its part, complained to the Pope of Rome, who excommunicated the Archbishop.
Another story is about the building No. 29, that has been built by Ukrainian rebels in the 18th century. The uprising was brutally suppressed; 400 rebels were imprisoned and brought to Lviv for execution. But before they were sent to death, they had to build this beautiful building.
If you are tired of history, I’d recommend you to visit a cafe located in the yard of the Historical Museum. The building was built in a renaissance style, and the yard inside it is very romantic. No wonder that one theatre staged "Romeo and Juliet" here. Sitting and sipping coffee, you can really fall in love with this place and its atmosphere. On one side of the yard there is a row of statues, that portray the renaissance vision of life, with the individual in the centre of it.
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NYC, New York
September 25, 2009
December 15, 2002
From journal The city of lions