Lviv Journals

The city of lions

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A travel journal to Lviv by olenka

Armenian street Photo, Lviv, Ukraine More Photos
Quote: A story about Lviv, a charming city in Western Ukraine, rich in history and culture, but still undiscovered by tourists.

The city of lions

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The city was founded in the 13th century by a Galician (even though it is spelled in the same way, do not mix with the Spanish Galicia) king, and named after his son Leo. Since that time the city name has changed many times - Lwow, Lemberg, Lvov, Lviv - depending under which power it was. Nevertheless, the symbol of the city has always been "the Lion", and most of the time the city has flourished as a trading centre. This short introduction to history is necessary to understand the charm of the city, where Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish histories are intertwined, and Armenian, Greek, Austrian and German merchants and craftsman have found their homes. The past can be seen as you walk along cobblestoned ...Read More

Armenian street

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Armenian street Photo, Lviv, Ukraine
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After their homeland was conquered by Mongols in the 13th century, thousands of Armenians have found security, house, and work in Lviv. They have played an important role in the life of the medieval city, especially in trade with the East and jewellery art. Today’s Armenian street is quiet. Most people do not even know in which buildings the Armenian bank (the oldest lombard house in Lviv), school, court were situated. The biggest attention draw is the Armenian orthodox church, built in the old Armenian style in the 14th century. The church was closed to the public during Soviet times. After Ukrainian independence Armenian community has struggled constantly to gain the right to use it, but the au...Read More

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Armenian street
Armenian street
Lviv, Ukraine

Art Association

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Attraction | "“Dzyha” art association"

Art Association Photo, Lviv, Ukraine
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If you walk along the Armenian street, you will come across a small yard of the Dominican cathedral. This is a very interesting place where old pompous architecture is livened up by modern street art. The famous "Dzyha" art association is also here. This art centre has been outside of the official art of the city, and for many this is the heart of Lviv bohemian life. It unites painters and writers, musicians and actors. The art association chief, Markiyan Ivashchyshyn, used to be one of the leaders of the hunger strike for Ukrainian Independence in 1990. With the same devotion he heads the art association. "Dzyha" in Ukrainian means "spinning top". And it really spins!!! Even though the...Read More

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Art Association
Armenian Street
Lviv, Ukraine

Market Square

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Market Square Photo, Lviv, Ukraine
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A few years ago the central part of Lviv including Market Square was included on the UNESCO Heritage List. This is the heart of Lviv. In the middle of the square there is the town hall. The existing building presents for me personally no interest, but I love climbing the many steps (there is no elevator!!!) of its tower and enjoying a magnificent view of the central part of Lviv from above. 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 p...Read More

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Market Square
Rynok Square
Lviv, Ukraine

Church bells of Lviv

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Church bells of Lviv Photo, Lviv, Ukraine
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Many travellers (not only modern, but also from the previous centuries) have commented that in Lviv, wherever you go, there is either a cafe, a bar or a church. In my other journal entries, even though I was describing historic sights or art, I couldn’t help but also talk about cafes. So, here I would like to talk only about churches (Just after having written this, I’ve realised that I wouldn’t be able to stick to my promise). The churches dominate the skyline of Lviv, and this is not surprising when you look at how many churches are represented in this city. Besides traditional denominations, there are numerous subdivisions that have come into existence during the long history of Lviv. So, we h...Read More

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Church bells of Lviv
Lviv
Lviv, Ukraine