Lviv is the city of magnificent temples, castles, city festivals, theaters. Lviv is Ukrainian capital of coffee and chocolate shops. Here you can stroll through the maze of medieval streets, which saw the presence the emperors of Austria and kings of Poland. The first mention of the city is found in the Chronicle in 1256. Lviv was founded by King Danylo Galitskiy, and named in honor of his son Lev. The historic city center is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The entire city of Lviv is called a true open-air museum. Besides, Lviv is one of the host cities for Euro 2012.
We offer you the list of must see places in Lviv. The rankings was created by ua-traveling.
The architectural ensemble of the XIV century, created in the traditional style of European medieval cities. House of the square are built in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. In many buildings have survived the elements of Gothic architecture of the 15-16 centuries. At the Market square you will also find Lviv Historical Museum, Pharmacy Museum, City Hall and Lviv tourist information center created for guests of the city. For over 500 years the life at the square was constantly busting. Here are annually held the traditional Lviv festivities such as chocolate fest, coffee fest and beer fest.
A modern building of Town Hall was built in the style of Viennese classicism of the 19th century. Here is placed the City Council. The Town Hall is a symbol of the city. Near the Town Hall you can hear the anthem of the city every day. The height of the Town Hall is 65 meters. To see the beauty of the ancient city from the top of the tower, it is necessary to overcome the 350 wooden steps and pay 5 hryvnias (0,7 USD).
S. Krushelnytska Opera House is one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe. The building is decorated with statues from outside. The magnificent interior complimented with mirrored hall and a big number of pictures. The Chandelier in the hall is made from precious crystals with different figures. In the theater still remained the private room of the Emperor Franz Joseph.
In Dominican Cathedral during the reign of Peter I was signed a treaty of military alliance between Russia and Poland against Sweden. Here you can see the alabaster tombs of 16th century, a marble monument to A. Grotger. Here is exhibited a part of the collection of monuments of sacred art. In the cathedral are also held concerts of organ music. Today hre is located the Greek Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist. Lviv Dominican Cathedral is built in the baroque style of 16th century. Be sure to see it at evening to watch all its grandeur when it is being highlighted.
The magnificent St. George's Cathedral is built in the Rococo style of the 18th century. The facade is decorated with sculptures, and the bell tower is famous for the oldest bell in Ukraine. Among the believers the church is known for its icon of Virgin Mary of the 17th century. St. George's Cathedral is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Lviv Arsenal is the fortification of the 16th century . In the 18th century the building was used as a prison. In the late '80s of the 20th century in the building was established a museum of ancient weapons Arsenal. Weapon Museum exhibits a collection of weapons from 30 countries. Here you can find the Arab swords, two handed swords, armor of Polish Hussars. Left from the entrance to the museum you will find an antiques store.
This Catholic church belongs to the Franciscan Order of Clares and was built in the early 16th century. After the reconstruction in the 19th century the church was used primarily as a hospital. During the Soviet era in the building was set up a museum that still exists today. The museum exposition is composed primarily of sculptural works in the Baroque style of the "Ukrainian Michelangelo" - I. Pinzel.
Pototski palace was built for the Polish landlord Potocki by the project of Ludwig de Verney, the architecture of the palace is in the era of classicism. Until today the facade of the building and the interiors in the style of Louis XVI has been well preserved. In the courtyard you will find a park of miniature castles. There are eight models of forts, existing now or previously existing on the territory of Ukraine.
Kornyakta House is completed in the Renaissance style, built for the Greek merchant Kornyakta who lived in Lviv. He was trading wine around the Black Sea and was well known philanthropist. The building had many owners, including those of royal blood. Today you will find here History Museum which exhibits jewelry, paintings, antique furniture and glassware.
Shevchenko Grove is located on the wooded hills in the eastern part of the city. Here are the historical and ethnographic villages and areas of Western Ukraine. In the museum are located 120 architectural monuments of the 15-19 century, including 6 churches. Among these churches there is a remarkable monument of Ukrainian folk architecture of St. Nicholas Church built in 1763.