23 September 2012
What you should see in Lviv?
Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre
The beauty of the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater, which is located on the main avenue, can be compared with the Paris and Vienna theaters. This architectural gem of the city was built in 1901 in the Neo-Renaissance style and is listed as one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe. 60% of city residents believe that the theatre is a symbol of the city. The main stage and screen of the official fan zone for the Euro 2012 tournament in Lviv was located at the entrance to the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Lviv City Hall is an administrative building in the central part of the city, which throughout its existence was the seat of the Lviv central city government. After rising up 350 wooden steps of the City Council, you get an incredible impression of downtown. As in ancient times, the Lviv City Council is in the City Hall. However, this will not prevent tourists from walking the corridors of City Hall and reach its highest point - 65 meters. Lviv City Hall is an architectural monument of national importance, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The only place that fully conveys the mood of Lviv is Market Square. It has been the center of political, commercial, social and cultural life of the city for over 500 years. From every corner of the square emerge two mutually perpendicular streets that ended at the city fortifications. These fortifications surrounded the medieval city. The area is includes more than 50 monuments of XVI-XX centuries. At the beginning of the XIX century four fountains were built, one for each corner of the square. They are still hallmarks of the city.
Temples of the city
There are more than 100 Christian churches in Lviv. Not far from the Market Square one can find the Virmens’ka Church, Orthodox Patriarchate, Greek Catholic, and Roman Catholic Church. There are also the ruins of a synagogue, destroyed during World War II, which is planned to open as a museum. These churches reflect the multicultural and multiethnic nature of Lviv, which has always been a bridge between Ukraine and Europe. Sacred art monuments provide beauty to Lviv and capture its grandeur.
Museums and galleries of the city
There are more than 1.5 million items in more than 50 museums in Lviv. Lviv Historical Museum is the second largest historical museum of Ukraine. The National Museum founded by Metropolitan Sheptytsky holds one of the greatest Ukrainian Art collections in Ukraine. Lviv Art Gallery is one of the richest museums in Ukraine. The Ethnographic Museum is the only one of its kind in Ukraine. National Memorial "Prison at Lonsky" is Ukraine's first prison museum. Lviv Museum funds comprise 36,500 items. 366,500 people visited Lviv city museums in 2009. On the other hand, Lviv is the center of contemporary art with many galleries.
High Castle Park
High Castle Park is an old shady park on the hill (413 meters high), which rises above the city. The ruins of an old castle, an observation deck and breathtaking landscapes can be found here. It is located in the city center, 10-15 minutes walking from any direction. One can find coolness and comfort of old trees from the bustling city centre.
Beer in Lviv
Dublin, Munich and Prague must make room for Lviv pubs. Lviv definitely has to be added to this list of world beer capitals. The history of Lviv beer brewing dates back to the 15th century, that’s why ancient brewing traditions have proved that Lviv certainly can be named the brewing capital of Ukraine. Owing to its quality, Lviv beer soon became known throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and later in the Soviet Union.
Since Ukraine's independence, Lviv beer has not lost its legendary taste and quality and is popular not only among residents but also tourists. In the only beer museum in Ukraine you will be offered an exhibition of old bottles and cups and informed about the traditions of making the legendary drink. Apart from 30 different beer styles and delicious appetizers, you will have an opportunity to listen to countless incredible stories about the history of Lviv beer in numerous restaurants.
Coffee houses and pastry shops
Currently Lviv is a paradise for those who have a sweet tooth. The city has dozens of establishments where excellent coffee, chocolate, candies and sweets are made. The history of coffee in Lviv started under Austrian rule in the late 18th century. Since its introduction, coffee became more popular in various circles of society, and very soon the whole city of Lviv had Coffeemania. This is probably impossible to cure. Back in the Middle Ages, Lviv was famous for "delicious desserts", and in the 19th century chocolate from the city was exported all over Europe.
Lviv taverns and restaurants
Lviv is famous for its good food and dining. There are more than one hundred restaurants and cafés in Lviv and they make up an integral part of its culture. The art of Lviv living is to envoy a delicious meal, a cup of coffee in a cozy cafe, together with fancy desserts and pastries, which are provided my Lviv’s many confectioneries. Galician cuisine is not just borscht and dumplings. It is complex and interesting, and no less delicious than, say, French. Lviv is a paradise for gourmets. In April the city holds gastronomic festival "Lviv on the plate," which showcases the rich restaurant culture of the city. Local producers and restaurateurs offer a range of delicious meals.
Shevchenko's grove and Lychakiv cemetery
Shevchenko's grove is an open-air museum where you can get acquainted with the life of Ukrainians: 124 architectural monuments, which are merged into 54 estates. Lychakiv cemetery, the area of which is 42 hectares, is one of the oldest in Ukraine. The first mention of burials dates back to the 13th century. It has over 3000 unique tombstones and monuments.
Photo: Vitaly Raskalov