The Spiritual Capital of Ukraine

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Many Sights Sep 28, 2017
The residents of Western Ukraine often call Lviv the Spiritual Capital of Ukraine. The city has the oldest cathedrals, and churches in Ukraine, among them Roman Catholic Cathedral, Assumption Cathedral, St.George's Cathedral, John the Baptist Cathedral, St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral (former Jesuits' Cathedral), St.Andrew's Cathedral (former Bernardine Monastery) and many others. The city has long become a place of pilgrimage of many Orthodox and Catholic Christians.

Lviv is famous for its old and unique architecture, cathedrals and churches, and very active public (both politically and economically). About one million travelers from 113 countries of the world visited Lviv in 2010.

This city has long become a city of summits and government rendezvous. They say it is, in fact, the second Ukrainian capital. The city name is written differently in different languages. It is spelled L'viv in Ukrainian and L’vov in Russian; in Polish: Lwów; in German: Lemberg; in Italian: Leopoli; in French: Leopolis; in Yiddish: Lemberik.

There are many sights in Lviv, among them the Pototsky Palace that is a meeting point for many official delegations coming to Lviv to discuss the East-West relations. This palace, as well as other old buildings in Lviv, has been thoroughly renovated and has become one of the city symbols.

Getting to know Lviv, you will discover its treasures and legends. Lvivians and city visitors agree that there are at least Seven Wonders of Lviv:

1) Corniactos Belfry;

2) Former Bernardine Cathedral;

3) Boims Chapel, “A Bible in Stone”;

4) Count Pototski’s Palace;

5) Opera and Ballet Theater;

6) House of Scientists;

7) St.George’s Cathedral.

Prince Daniel of Halychina, or Galicia, founded the city as a fort. Prince Daniel became a king later and is known as King Daniel (1201-1264). He named the city in honor of his son Lev (Leo): Leo's City. The lion is the historical symbol of the city and is represented on the city's coat-of-arms.

Lviv was first mentioned in 1238, but they chose the date 1256 as the city's foundation year.

In 2006 the city celebrated the 750th anniversary of its foundation.

The population of Lviv exceeds 830,000 inhabitants now.

Thousands of people come to this city daily as tourists or on business.

The central part of the city has been put on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Lviv can be called an open-air museum like, say, Luebeck, an ancient German city recognized by UNESCO as a museum city.

In December 2015, UNESCO included Lviv into Creative Cities Network consisting of 47 cities from 33 countries.Out of seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music) Lviv was included into Literature field.

I came to the City Council building to say hello to the lions guarding it. Two stone lions guard the entrance to the City Hall. They became the symbol of the city after it had been called Lviv in honor of Leo, the son of King Daniel. This name sounds like lion in Ukrainian.

You can also admire a splendid view of the city from the High Castle that is located on the hill at the altitude of 413 meters above sea level.

There are lots of other places of interest in Lviv, among them the Opera and Ballet Theater, Liberty Avenue, Stryi Park, Lychakiv Cemetery and others.

Lviv is the center of Lviv region that includes 41 cities, dozens of towns and settlements, hundreds of villages.

There are lots of places of interest in Lviv region, such as the city of Drohobych, one of the most ancient Ukrainian cities, that is even older than Lviv itself.

Lviv has a modern railway station and an international airport. The city is connected with lots of foreign cities by rail and by direct flights.

Liberty Avenue is the main thoroughfare that connects Mickiewicz Square with the Opera and Ballet Theater.

You can see the monument to Taras Shevchenko, the Bard of Ukraine, in the middle of the avenue.

Unlike some East-Ukrainian cities, there are so many coffeehouses in Lviv. Coffee drinking has become a special ritual in this city. People drink very strong coffee without any sugar, often double coffee, which is a must for every guest of the city, too.

The city is also famous for its unique museums: the Ethnography Museum, the Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture (skansen), the Ukrainian Culture Museum, The Arsenal Museum of Old Weapons and many others. The city picture gallery also attracts lots of visitors.

Stylist magazine published a nice unbiased comment about Lviv, one of the cities receiving EURO-2012, "Lviv is a beautiful place known as “the Florence of the East”. Its varied architecture, with renaissance, baroque, rococo and neoclassical styles all rubbing up next to each other, makes it a fascinating destination, and sitting with a coffee or beer in a town-square cafe, tucking into a bowl of borscht or nibbling on a pastry, while watching the world roll by, is a treat."

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