Ivan Pidkova Square

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Ivan Pidkova Square, Lviv, Ukraine

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Former Holy Spirit Square Aug 21, 2017
Ivan Pidkova Square is located right behind Taras Shevchenko monument in Liberty Square in Galician District of Lviv. The square is between Theater Street and Liberty Avenue. It was called Holy Spirit Square before since it is located at the place of the former Holy Spirit Hospital that existed here until 1780.

The square got its present name in 1946 in honor of Ivan Pidkova, a Ukrainian Cossack who was born in Moldova and became the Moldavian ruler on December 1, 1577, after the Cossacks' forces had defeated the then Moldavian ruler Petro the Crooked, who was a Turkish puppet. According to the inscription under his portrait in a Polish 16th-century album, Ivan Pidkova "was so strong that he not only broke horseshoes, but also thalers, and when he stuck a thaler into a wooden wall, it had to be cut out with an axe". In the long run, the Cossacks' regiment was defeated by the superior Turkish forces. Ivan Pidkova fled to Western Ukraine where he was arrested by the Polish authorities, the allies of Turkey. By the decision of the Polish parliament, Ivan Pidkova was executed in Lviv on June 16, 1578.

The inscription on the pedestal reads, "Ivan Pidkova is the hero of the liberation struggle of the Ukrainian and Moldovan peoples against the Turkish oppressors, who was executed by the Polish nobility in Lviv on June 16, 1578."

You can see a monument to Pidkova in this square. The monument was created by sculptor Petro Kulik and architect Volodymyr Bliusiuk. It was installed on November 18, 1981, during one night, and without any permits from the local authorities who only had to accept the state of things. The sculptor and the architect did not charge any money for their creation. It was their own tribute to history, as they explained. The monument was designed in the form of a metal cast of Pidkova's head mounted on a pedestal made of pink Terebovlian stone.

Due to the exaltation of this Cossacks' leader in Cossack songs, sagas, and in the romantic poetry of Taras Shevchenko, his image is still alive.

You can also see the remains of the walls of the former Holy Spirit Hospital nearby.

Archaeologists have also found many artifacts dating back to the 8th century BC.

The old Guard-House is located nearby, just behind Shevchenko Monument. You can see a unique monument in Ivan Pidkova Square: the only monument to a literary hero in Lviv. It is the monument to Schweik the Dashing Soldier, the main hero of Yaroslaw Gashek’s book : ”The Good Soldier Švejk”.

The sculpture stands at the entrance to 1715 Beer House. The beer house is a creation of the Lviv Brewery.

The sculpture of Schweik the Dashing Soldier It was created by Serhiy Olesko who observed every detail depicting this hero: the details of his uniform and even the size of the 250 ml beer mug that was popular with Lvivians and the guests of the city in early 20th century. The beer mug is the famous “small beer” – “male pyvo” in Ukrainian. As people told me, even today the Galicians, when speaking about life trifles, say, “Male pyvo” meaning there’s nothing to worry about.

Address: 12 Liberty Avenue. Directions: Ivan Pidkova Square, at the entrance to 1715 Beer House

Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KKz_HPVMlA
Ivan Pidkova monument
Ivan Pidkova monument
Ivan Pidkova Square
Ivan Pidkova monument
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Paulovic says:
Congrats on your featured review!! :D
Posted on: Aug 21, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Interesting story behind this square and monuments! Congrats on your feature!
Posted on: Aug 20, 2017
Ils1976 says:
Congrats on the feature! :D
Posted on: Aug 20, 2017
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