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Stories and Photos from my stay in Lviv

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Ukraine

Year Visited: 2018 – July


After a night in Rivne, we took a bus to Lviv, a UNESCO World Heritage city.

Lviv, founded in 1256, was a part of Poland until 1939. It is major Ukrainian cultural center. The historical heart of the city, with its old buildings and cobblestone streets, survived Soviet and German occupations during World War II largely undamaged. The historic city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List where Poles, Jews, Ukrainians, Germans and others lived together for centuries.

Lviv has a Central European flair in its architecture that makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. My original plan was to spend 3-4 days in this city, but fell in love with it’s historic old town and ended up spending 14 days in this beautiful city. Photos below are from the old town of Lviv.

Lviv Railway Station
Welcome to Lviv!
At the City Hall with Coat of Arms of city of Lviv.
The Lviv Opera sits at the end of Freedom Avenue, the tree-lined centerpiece of Lviv’s historic Old City. The building was constructed between 1897 and 1900, and has remained standing throughout several changes in history.
The Opera House at night
Greek Catholic Church of St Andrew ( Former Bernardine Roman Catholic Church), built during 1600-1630, constructed on the site of an earlier wooden structure from 1460.
The Baroque interior decoration of the Bernardine church was executed in the first half of the eighteenth century.
The City Arsenal & Hlyniany Gate, next to the Bernardine monastery, is the focal point of the few remaining fortifications in Lviv. The Hlyniany Gate was built in 1618 to defend the approach from Hlyniany Town.
I watch this Old lady begging at the The Hlyniany Gate, everyday from 8AM till 6pm.
The Dominican church and monastery located in the city’s Old Town, was originally built in 1234 as the Roman Catholic church of Corpus Christi, and today serves as the Greek Catholic church of the Holy Eucharist. The original structure was burnt down and damage multiple times, the current structure was consecrated in 1764 by the Latin archbishop of Lviv.
Korniakt Tower, built during 1571-1578, a bell tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly known as the Dormition church.
The Boim Chapel, a monument of religious architecture in Cathedral Square, constructed from 1609 to 1615.
The oldest preserved part of the Armenian cathedral, with Renaissance arcades. The Cathedral was built during 1363–1370, It is said to have been modeled after the Cathedral of Ani in the ancient Armenian capital of Ani.
Calm and peaceful courtyard of the Armenian cathedral is a maze of arched passageways and squat buildings festooned with intricate Caucasian detail.
Staryi Rynok Square, the Market Square, is among the most ancient and most fascinating areas of Lviv – the vital core of urban life from the Middle Ages to the current day. The Square began to take shape as the center of this “walled city” in the 13th and 14th centuries,
The oldest single car tram in the Rynok Square, used for Tourism only.
The Potocki Palace, built in the 1880s as an urban seat of former Minister-President of Austria. It was confiscated by the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940. In the 2000s, the President of Ukraine appropriated the palace as one of his residences. Today, it hosts a branch of the Lviv National Art Gallery.
Kopernyka street, outside of the The Potocki Palace, decorated with hanging umbrellas.
The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, the oldest university in Ukraine, dating from 1661 when the Polish King, John II Casimir, granted it its first royal charter.
The Greek Catholic Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth, built in the years 1903-1911, was originally built as the Roman Catholic Church of St. Elizabeth. The church was built by the Latin Archbishop of Lviv and was designed by Polish architect in the neo-Gothic style, similar to that of the Votive Church in Vienna.

Pictures below are of trams running around the old town of Lviv. I loved riding those trams, very convenient way to move around the town.

A Tram passing adjacent to the city wall, the Korniakt Tower in the backdrop.
Early morning tram running through the old town of Lviv.
A girl is looking out of glass window a green tram of an older design,
A Lviv Tram with newer desing.
The city of Lviv from the top of the Castle Hill, the highest point in the city, 413 metres (1,355 ft) above sea level.

Random pictures while walking around the city of Lviv

Beautiful flowers outside a restaurant in the old town.
Cobblestone streets of Lviv old town
Old city wall restored and converted to an upscale Restaurant
City’s coat of Arms
A mother and daughter duo, dressed in Vyshyvanka (Ukrainian Embroidered Blouse), playing bandura (a Ukrainian plucked string folk music instrument).
The old town is a living and breathing town with local residents, not only tourists. I am sure these two ladies have seen lots of changes in their beloved city.
Lviv taxi, a Lada, my favorite Soviet era car.
Hiking up the Castle Hill, that Sunflower is Huge.
My beautiful hair-dresser, first hair cut after 2+ months on the road, used Google Translate to communicate.
You can tell how much Ukrainian love Putin, they sell these toilet tissue papers all over Rynok Square.
Breakfast at my AirBnB, GrandMa, my host was keep feeding me with homemade bread and varieties of fruit jams.
Good place to watch people and have freshly made Croissants
Freshly brewed beer with homemade sausages and some fixings.
Ukrainian dinner at one the most touristy restaurant.
Piana Vyshnia, Drunk Cherry in English, a Cherry liqueur served cold with more soaked cherries inside.
A Soviet era minivan, painted with Graffiti all-over, serving chilled beers.
With couchsurfing friends
My Travel buddy in Belarus and part of Ukraine.
My model and travel buddy

Photos below are from Shevchenko Hai – Ethno-Park, Museum of National Folk Architecture and Rural Life, an open-air museum that displays 124 architectural monuments of different regional styles of farmsteads, windmills, churches and schools, the oldest of them dates from 1749 year. I do not remember name of all the buildings, but I hope you will enjoy photos from this unique open air museum

St. Nicholas’s Church (Kryvka Church) is the centerpiece of the Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Culture. This traditional tripartite timber church was transferred to Lviv from Kryvka village in 1930. It was originally built by Boiko carpenters in 1763.
St. Nicholas’s Church (Kryvka Church)
St. Nicholas’s Church (Kryvka Church)
My Travel Buddy in Lviv
My Travel Buddy in Lviv

During my two weeks stay in Lviv, I took a day trip to The Carpathian Mountains, click below to visit pictures from The Ukrainian Carpathians.

The Carpathian Mountains

After a couple of weeks in Lviv, I took an overnight train to a coastal city of Odesa.

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In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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