Galician Street

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Galician Street , Lviv, Ukraine

Galician Street Lviv Reviews

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My favorite downtown street Sep 28, 2017
Galician Street ("Vulytsia Halytska" in Ukrainian) became my favorite downtown street for walking during my last stay in Lviv. The street connects Market Square and Galician Square. The thing is the street name did not originate from the name of Galicia, a province of the Austrian Empire, as I thought, but from the city of Halych, where this medieval street used to lead.

This street must be the city’s oldest street. The earliest record of this street was in 1382. The street led to the Halych Gate that used to stand there until 1784. The street's name has never been changed and remained intact for centuries.

2 Galician Street is the address of the famous Boims Chapel. A blank wall on the eastern façade of this chapel faces Galician Street. This blank wall preserved the fresco portraits of George (Dziordzi in Hungarian) Boim and his wife Jadwiga. This chapel, located in the Old Town, is one of the masterpieces of Renaissance. It was commissioned by the Hungarian-born merchant of Lviv, George Boim (1555-1617) and was built in 1609-1615. This is the only chapel of the old Catholic cemetery that has been preserved to our days. From the south it is adjacent to the residential quarters of Galician Street. The facade and the interior of the chapel are decorated with a lavish carving. The chapel composition is a cube covered with the Renaissance cupola. The main facade of the chapel is saturated with an impressive white-stone fretwork. The fretwork looks like iconostases of the Ukrainian churches, but is not made of wood – it is made of white stone.

Galician Square, one of the oldest in Lviv, is located in the central city district called Galician District.

If you look at the city plan, you will see this square reminds you of the letter T, whose upper part adjoins Cathedral Square and its leg adjoins Adam Mickiewicz Square.

Valova Street and Galician Street run on the northern side of the square. The square is surrounded by a number of century-old apartment houses, many of which contain offices and stores.

The monument to King Daniel of Galicia, erected in 2001, is the biggest attraction here, I would say. Galician Market is worth visiting too. Galician Market is the oldest one in Lviv. It was built in 1894. The market includes a lot of agricultural stores (meat and fish) and kiosks as well as industrial goods (clothes, shoes) and food stores. The walking space is tiny indeed, so be careful and do not break the stalls. I enjoyed shooping at the flower market located at the entrance to Galician Market.

Galician Street
Galician Street
Galician Street
Galician Street
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