Lviv (or Lvov) can be considered as the cultural capital of Ukraine with its vibrant history dating back to the 13th century. However, Lviv used to be part of many countries over the past, including Poland, Austria – Hungary and also the Soviet Empire very last. After all, the unique atmosphere and architecture in the historic center are now on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Well, it is providing many tourists appealing attractions. By the way, the city offers a vast range of accommodation facilities, excellent infrastructure, and foreign tourists. So, we are here to give you some of the best attractions and things-to-do list.
Lviv Ukraine Travel Attractions
While you are visiting Market Square (Ploshcha Rynok), also, the Lviv Opera and Ballet. And, theatre or the Town hall offering a great view over the city shall not be missed out as well as the full range of various museums and exciting art galleries.
Market Square in Lviv
Also known as Rynok Square, this central square in Lviv became a World Heritage site in 1998. Full of cultural life and a centerpiece for local festivities, this square dates back to the mid-14th century. Market Square is nestled in-between 45 buildings of diverse and historical architectural design, in addition to four fountains, each of which is highlighted by monuments depicting.
Greek mythological figures
(Neptune, Diana, Amphitrite, and Adonis). The central location of the square makes it an ideal place to sit in one of the many surrounding cafes and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere, while also making it the heart of Lviv.
Arsenal Museum In Lviv Ukraine
It is located on Pidvalna Street just a few minutes from Rynok Square is this Renaissance-era arsenal building dating back to the 1550s. By the way, the museum is the oldest arsenal building in the city. It serves as an extensive armory museum today. The museum consists of weapons from more than 40 countries spanning the 13th – 20th centuries, so the exhibit is definitely worth the minimal entrance fee of 1-2 euros.
The Boim Chapel
The Chapel quaint chapel was built in 1615 under the instructions of George Boim, a Lviv merchant of Hungarian origin. As you are passing by, the Boim Chapel’s late Renaissance design will make you stop in your tracks. The exterior of the building is covered with stone carvings depicting the ‘Passion of Jesus‘ and the Saints Peter and Paul. This site is a must-see and has been under UNESCO protection since the 1970s. It is also just a few steps away from Market Square in a convenient location.
The Pharmacy Museum In Lviv
A few steps from Rynok Square is a pharmacy dating back to 1735. The pharmacy is amazingly still in use today, making it the only operating museum pharmacy across Europe and the oldest pharmacy in Ukraine. The museum collection consists of over 2000 different items spanning the last few centuries, many of which have labeling in English.
The Lviv National Museum
Established in 1905, the Lviv National Museum is one of Ukraine’s most significant, dedicated to capturing and maintaining an eclectic variety of items from the country’s past. There are over 5,000 religious artifacts, making it Ukraine’s most extensive ethical collection. Some of these artifacts include an incredible variety of icons, mostly dating between the 12th and 18th centuries. The museum is located on Prospect Svobody near the Opera House, making it within walking distance to pretty much everything in the center of Lviv. After all, this museum is a must-see for art lovers, and with a very minimal entrance fee (1-2 euros), it is worth a visit for everyone. The museum is closed on Mondays and group tours are available in English.
The Armenian Cathedral
Armenian populations in Lviv date back to around the early14th century. Construction for this Cathedral began in the 1360s and finished in 1370. The original building was all but lost in a fire around 1527 and has also endured countless sieges and invasions on the city. While it was impossible to keep the Armenian Cathedral intact, restoration projects over the years have tried to emulate the original architectural design as closely as possible. Well, the Cathedral is known for its combination of styles. The architecture includes Armenian Traditionalism. Surprisingly, the Cathedral with many other influenced such as Romanesque-Gothic style and Ukrainian Halychyna design. This beautiful building is located right off of Virmenska Street.
The Archcathedral Basilica
Dating back to 1360, this Cathedral located in Old Town is still in use today. The Cathedral is strongly revered by Roman Catholics and is a vivid example of the Gothic influence in Lviv. Surprisingly, Pope John Paul II famously attended mass service here in 2001. And it is also one of only two cathedrals that were allowed to remain open during Soviet rule.
The Dominican Church
The original foundation of the Dominican Monastery dates back to the 13th century. A Gothic stone church took its place in the 15th century, making it a leading monastery for the Eastern European Dominican Order.
Due to unrepairable fissures on the central arch of the church, it was demolished and reconstructed in the 18th century. The bell tower was later added in 1865. Today, it is home to the Greek Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist. It has also opened the small Museum of Religion (the minimal charge for entrance), which is inside the Cathedral.
The Bernardine church
Dating back to the 15th century, this church was initially built of solid wood but later transformed itself into a fortified monastery. The building that is seen today first came to life in 1600 under the talent of the famous builder, Paul of Rome . Following his death, the Renaissance style he envisioned gave way to a more luxurious Mannerist design and finished with a Baroque influence and bell tower. The church is wonderfully illuminated every night and is just a short walk away from Rynok Square on Soborna Square.
The Jesuit Church
Located on Teatralnaya Street in Old Town, this is one of the largest churches in the city. It is believed to be one of the first churches in Eastern Europe to be created with the Baroque architectural style. Once inside, you will find the splendid Baroque altar created around the 1750s as well as a hidden network of dungeons or cellars.
The Church of the Transfiguration
The church is located in Old Town just a bit north of Rynok Square is this lovely church dating back to the early 18th century. The church is well-known for its gorgeous interior, so be sure to step inside. This church also served as a vital cultural center for Ukrainians in the early 20th century. It was also one of the first parishes to reopen after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Golden Rose Synagogue
This synagogue dates back to 1581 when it was founded by Yitzhak ben Nachman. It was completed a year later, making it the oldest synagogue in Ukraine. Sadly, the building was desecrated by the Nazis between 1941 and 1943. The Golden Rose Synagogue has still left behind some original remanence of this historic building along with some artifacts. It was made a World Heritage Site in 1998, and the city of Lviv has received international pressure to keep the surrounding areas off-limits for development, in hopes of further preservation.
The Church of St. Olha and St. Elizabeth
This church can be seen from the Central Railway Station in Lviv. So, it is located a bit away from the city center (it is about a 10-15 minute drive by taxi and will only cost a few euros). The church is considered a more modern building when considering Lviv’s history, having been built around 1910 by the Latin Archbishop, Saint Joseph Bilczewski. The architecture represented a neo-gothic style and was heavily influenced by the Votive Church in Vienna , Austria.
St. George’s Cathedral
This architectural delight is a beautiful example of Rococo craftsmanship. Also, the Cathedral can be seen perched on a hill overlooking Lviv and consists of a bell tower. (this is quite famous because it is said the oldest bell in Ukraine dating back to 1341), the Metropolitan’s Palace, and other religious quarters. The interior is also renowned for its religious works completed by one of Ukraine’s famous artists, Johan Pinzel. By the way, the Cathedral is well known for its richness and variation of religious icons. One of which is the world-famous icon ‘Virgin Mary, the Miracle Worker (the image has supposedly been seen crying to warn the city before a siege or attack). St. George’s Cathedral is just about a 20-30 minute walk from the central location of Prospect Svobody.
The Roman Catholic of St. Mary Magdalene
Located next to the Lviv Polytechnic just to the west of Old Town is this 17th-century-old church. It is known for the combination of Baroque and Renaissance styles. The church was plundered and burned at the beginning of the 18th century, but later rebuilt around 1760. The building is distinguished by its two towers and statues of Saint Dominic and Saint Hyacinth standing between the towers.
Lviv National Art Gallery in Ukraine
Established in 1907, this is said to be one of the largest art museums in Ukraine. The gallery is consisting of sculptures, paintings, and even graphic art that encompasses both Western and Eastern Europe’s influence from the Middle Ages to the present. There are well over 50,000 pieces of artwork inside, which are well categorized according to epoch, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time indoors. Like most museums in Lviv, it is closed on Monday. It is located right down the road from Ivan Franko University on Stefanyka Street.
The Dormition of Assumption Church
Assumption Church is the central Orthodox Church in Lviv. It is most distinguished by the 400-year-old Korniakt Tower, one of the most beautiful designs of Renaissance architecture in Eastern Europe. It is located towards the top of the hill in Old Town and is in active use today.
Kryyivka In Lviv
Located at building 14 in Rynok Square is this one of a kind bar and restaurant, offering life folk music throughout the late afternoons and evening. The restaurant is themed after Ukrainian insurgents who fought against foreign invaders in Ukraine. Well, To gain entry, you have to say the password, which is slava Ukrayini. Meaning of the password is “glory to Ukraine” The, the security will offer you a free shot of alcohol. As soon as you walk down the stairs, you will notice the murals on the wall and many military weapons throughout the tavern, which give off a massive nationalist sentiment. With that being said, it is a bubbly and friendly atmosphere inside. Don’t worry if you butcher the password; you will still be allowed in as long as you give it a try!
Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv
The cemetery is one of the most revered and historic cemeteries in Ukraine. It contains the graves of many famous Poles and Ukrainians, including mathematicians, composers, historians, officers, aviators, and writers. It is also home to the Ukrainian National Army Memorial. The Field of Mars (contains the graves of 3,800 Soviet soldiers who died fighting against Nazi occupiers during the Great Patriotic War). The cemetery of the Lviv Defenders. (a burial place for the Poles and their allies who died fighting in the Polish-Ukrainian War and Polish-Soviet War) and Rebels’ Hill of January 1863 (a site for those who died during the Polish Uprising of January).
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