Lviv: what to see, attractions and places to visit in old town

st.-george cathedral lviv ukraine
st.-george cathedral lviv ukraine

What to see in Lviv, attractions and places to visit in the historic old town of this city of Ukraine, rooted traditions and artistic heritage.

Attractions Lviv

Lviv is a city of Ukraine located in a hilly region about 70 km. From the border with Poland, which in the past had been part. The Soviets, following the agreements with the Nazis for the partition of Poland, seized the city in 1939. In 1941, when Lviv was occupied by the Germans, there were atrocious repressions and its large Jewish community was exterminated.

In 1944 the city was liberated and incorporated in the USSR, and since 1991 is part of the State of Ukraine. The different cultural and religious traditions, which over the centuries have met in Lviv, are reflected in its beautiful cityscape. The historical part of the city, through architecture and monuments of great artistic value, boasts stunning examples of Russian, Byzantine, Armenian, Italian and German.

From the castle hill, where there is a ruined castle of the fourteenth century, which represents the original nucleus and the highest point of Lviv, you can appreciate the beautiful view of the city. In the ancient center is square Ploshcha Rynok, the old market square, which is overlooked by beautiful buildings, almost all of uniform size, with three windows on each floor, as three was the maximum number of windows allowed without encountering a fee, so the buildings that have four or more windows belonged to the richest families.

Places to visit in Lviv

At the center of the square is the Town Hall. Not far from this square is located on ploshcha Katedralna, Cathedral Square, the Chapel Boyim, the burial chapel of the merchant Hungarian Georgi Boyim and his family, inside you can admire the extraordinary stone reliefs. In front of the chapel stands the Roman Catholic Cathedral, in the Gothic style with the interior richly decorated in baroque style.

Among the approximately one hundred churches in the city, the Armenian Cathedral stands out for its elegance, the Dominican cathedral for its large dome rococo, the Church of the Dormition for the high tower of campamaria Kornyakt, which takes its name from the merchant that greek financed its construction, the Church of the Transfiguration, for its copper dome and its internal environment particularly impressive during church, the Cathedral of St. George for special three-dimensional icon of Christ located on the inside, and the complex of Church and Monastery Bernardini, for its wonderful Baroque interior.

The historic center of Lviv has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Museums main

– History Museum

– Open-air Museum of Architecture and Life of the People

– Art Gallery

– Museum and National Monument to the Victims of the Occupation

– Beer Museum

– Museum of Ethnography and Crafts

– National Museum

– Apteka Museum, a museum housed in an old pharmacy pharmaceutical

– Arsenal Museum