L'viv - the Ensemble of the Historic Centre represents a crossing point of cultures and architectural traditions.
The trade routes in the Middle Ages attracted a number of etnic groups with different traditions: Ukrainian, Armenian, German, Jewish, Polish, Italian and Austrian. These groups lived in separate communities, and left their own religious and artistic marks on the city.
In comparison to other central and eastern European towns of medieval origin, L'viv survived very well (comparable to Cracow, but with a different road in history).
Bojana Bartol - February 2014
The Old Town in Lviv was named a Unesco World Heritage Site not without a reason. In the old city of Lviv different cultures reflect. Here the respective rulers - Poles, Austrians, Ukrainians - left their mark. The old town of Lviv is reminiscent of the old Austria or Krakow. However, it has not been renovated.
Everywhere there are places where one can feel transported into a bygone century. The center of the old town is the Rynok. Here is the Ratusha. The old town hall houses today the county government of Lviv region. You can climb the great tower of the building for a small fee (about 40 euro cents). Then you have a wonderful panoramic view of the entire old town. In the old town there are eight churches. The oldest of these is the Armenian Mary's Cathedral in the Krakivska road. It was built around 1356. And such a variety of galleries and museums... The Ukrainian National Museum boasts a large collection of icons. As for the old synagogue in the Staroevreiska road, unfortunately the foundation walls are only preserved. Another highlight of the Old Town is the old Opera Lviv.
Helen shepherd - July 2013
Our first visit to Lviv was fall of 2010....a very old city with rich history....We stayed in the city center and were blown away by the beautiful old buildings, monuments, churches. Parks. Needed some upgrading to be sure, but such a surprising "find". Subsequent visit in 2011 showed construction everywhere-streets, airport , downtown- in preparation for the Eurocup in'12 . Still very enjoyable to stroll, rest in coffee shops, visit museums. On this, our 3rd visit to Lviv , summer, 2013, we are amazed by the positive changes in the city..the new airport is stunning, and the old buildings downtown have been refurbished. So much to see and enjoy in this old city.....I predict a flood of visitors when word gets out on the quality of hotels, food, transportation and the best part, the people who are giving such good service ! Things have changed !!
Lviv (Lvov, Lemberg) is beautiful Central European city, but you shouldn't expect a grand majestic city like Prague, Budapest or Cracow. It is much more intimate in character. Its historic centre portrays medieval and Renaissance architecture, while its surroundings is mainly made of Neoclassical boulevards (prospects in Ukrainian) and churches (like the prominent St. George Cathedral). Some art nouveau architecture is present too (as for instance, the railway station) whereas Stalinist style buildings are surprisingly sparse.
In the centre there are numerous churches, the most special of which are, in my opinion, the Boim Chapel and the Armenian church. The Boim Chapel is an amazing family church, built in the 17th Century entirely of black stone. It is artistically very impressive.
The Armenian church is hidden in one of the smaller streets of the old town. Its entrance is hidden behind a barber shop. It has beautiful medieval frescoes and an atmospheric courtyard.
Look for the impressive sculptures of Pinsel, a local German artist of the 18th Century. His works are found in several churches and there is even a museum entirely dedicated to his oeuvre.
An important museum for art lovers is the National Museum where you can admire the history of Ukrainian art. Most significant is its collection of historical icons.
Christer Sundberg - November 2005
If you want to relax, eat good food and take long walks in a beautiful town with brilliant architecture, Lviv is the place for you. Though still quite expensive to reach, it's financially rewarding once you get there. A three-course meal in the best restaurant in town did not cost me more than 14 euros and the average price was far below that.
The Rynok Square is the centre point of the town and is in the old town and it is here you will find the true historic atmosphere. As a trading point between the east and the west, the rich town of Leopolis developed here already back in the 13th century. My personal prediction is that within 10 years from now, Lviv will be a serious destination on the tourist map of Europe. Just wait until Lviv has transformed from its current state of faded beauty and it will be a place well worth discovering for those looking for the absolute best pearls in Eastern Europe.
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Full name: L'viv - the Ensemble of the Historic Centre
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- Equestrian Statues Dasnilo Galitsky Halyts'ka Sq. "Daniel of Galicia", King of Rus and founder of L'viv. Credited with developing western contacts in 13th C whilst the area was still under Mongol suzerainty
- Freestanding Bell Tower Assumption Church
- Historic Pharmacies The Pharmacy Museum "Under the Black Eagle" (1735)
- Large squares Market Square, 18000 m2
- Mosaic art Armenian Cathedral
Religion and Belief
- Armenian Orthodox Church Armenian church
- Cathedrals Armenian Catholic Cathedral, Latin Cathedral and probably St. George's Cathedral
- Dominican Order Dominican Church
- Eastern Catholic Churches Ukrainian Catholic, Armenian Catholic
- Jesuits The St. Peter and Paul Church of the Jesuit Order [Kostiol Jezuitiv]
- Jewish religion and culture Ruins of the synagogue at the city walls
- Karaites Some Karaites lived in Lvov, in "Red Russia" (or eastern Galicia). Their quarter was, till 1457, outside of the city walls. They had a synagogue of their own, but shared the cemetery with the Rabbanites
- Built in the 13th century "It gradually developed by the 13th century into an organized and well fortified town", and the oldest remaining church (Church of St Mykolai) is also 13th century. Many of the other structures were reconstructed, or rebuilt in a new style between the 16th and 19th centuries
WHS on Other Lists
- U.S. Ambassadors Fund Documentation of the Site of the 16th-Century Turei Zahav (Golden Rose) Synagogue and Associated Buildings (2009), Conservation and Display of 16th-19th-Century Icons in the Studion Icon Collection (2008), Conservation of a 12th-Century Manuscript and Its Marginalia in the Collection of the Lviv History Museum (2007)