It is unimaginable to conceive of buildings being 600 years old. Especially coming from North America where architecture is relatively recent and modern.
Well such antiquity is not unusual for an ancient centre like Lviv. As the photo herein depicts the Polish Cathedral in central Lviv is celebrating 600 years this year. This magnificent structure is located on the Cathedral square and it is surrounded by expressive statues and cobble stone streets . It’s towering steeples act as a landmark for tourists and locals alike.
Lviv is like a living museum. At every street corner there is antiquity some dating as far back as the medieval ages. It is truly mind bobbling to image walking down the same streets where people walked centuries ago. The whole experience is awe inspiring.
We at Lviv apartments are thrilled to boast to our guests the antiquity that is Lviv.
The entire world now knows that Ukraine exists. Prior to the terrorism ,destruction and murders by the Russian aggressors , very few people knew anything at all about Ukraine. how unfortunate that it took Russian bombs and thugs to place Ukraine on the map.
Well now let us tell you about a beautiful and peace loving city in Ukraine called Lviv. Welcome to the cultural capital of Ukraine – a very European city that promotes peace , love and coffee.
the world fears travel to what propaganda presents to them a war ravaged country .
We at Lviv Apartments welcome you to a lively city , with live street musicians at every corner. Come enjoy the beauty of its architecture that is adorned with flowers – not destroyed by Russian artillery.
Lviv encourages foreigners to come celebrate their new democracy , finally freed from the Former corrupt Russian puppet government.
come to Lviv to experience peace and love .
The photo insert is a statue ( light metal sculpture of a dancer) that twirls in the wind over the cafe in from of the Opera house in Lviv. all art and sculpture in Lviv celebrates life and denounces the unfortunate war in the Far East of their country.
Lviv is miles (or rather kilometres) away from the war torn areas of Donesk and Luhansk.
There is no problem whatsoever to travel to beautiful Lviv . Firstly, Lviv is a European
city where the majority of the citizens speak Ukrainian . Therefore, there are no pro- Russian separatists there.
The citizens of Lviv are peace loving !
People in general are influenced by mass media which tends to dominate our thoughts and reactions. The 6 O’clock news in North America is very sensational and promotes death and tragedy the world throughout.
We at Lviv Apartments encourage people to travel to Lviv as it’ s economy desperately needs encouragement from foreign tourism.
The residents of Lviv will be thrilled to see you and they will greet you with open arms for they know that the world fears their country and only sees the bombings and destruction rather than the amazing culture and life that actually exists in Lviv presently.
Lviv has always been recognized as a highly sophisticated cultural centre. Many famous artists have chosen to live here and practice their art here ( Freud and Masoch to name a few. Another such artists was the master of cinema – Serhiy Parajanova. Parajanova was a soviet film director who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian, and Georgian cinema. the Soviets initially rejected his works because of his homosexuality ( as they continue to discriminate to this day ) . When he was finally discovered by the civilized world his masterly genius was recognized and celebrated. His most famous works – The colour of pomegranates (1968) and Shadows of our forgotten ancestors were amazing idiosyncratic studies of folklore in the Soviet Society.
Walking along the myriad of cobble stone streets of Lviv I stumbled upon this larger than life poster of Parajanova and I was reminded , once again, of the multitude of talent that have lived and still live in Lviv. we at Lviv apartments are proud of the artistic heritage of our beautiful city.
Lviv is a cultural centre ! The attached photo shows the amazing interior of the National Museum which houses the most extensive Icon collection in the world.
This is just one of the many reasons tourists love Lviv.
Lviv depends on tourism and it is really important for tourists to understand that there is absolutely no danger in. Visiting Lviv during these very difficult times in Ukraine. The greatest gift people can make to Ukraine is to support the tourism in Lviv . People there need to know that visitors want to see their beautiful city and they they will not let me ca propaganda prevent them from Visiting Lviv. Lviv is thousands of miles from the Russian border where Russian Terrorists are creating havoc.
We at Lviv apartments encourage people to Visit Lviv now. Come encourage the, come help their economy, come and show them that you support their culture and their desire fr democracy and freedom.
Lviv has many heroes and many people whom they honour for theirs nationalism and patriotism.
One such hero is without a doubt – Volodymyr Ivasiuk
Ivasiuk was a famous songwriter , composer and poet. He rose to instant fame with his song entitled – “Chervona Ruta” ( red rue) which went viral in 1971 and made him a star of the Soviet Union. this beautiful song remains very popular and is almost as emotive as the national anthem.
The equally famous singer – Sofia Rotaru sang many of his original compositions and this made her very famous as well.
Ivasiuk was assassinated ( found hung in a forest on the outskirts of Lviv ) on May 18-1979 . The verdict was suicide but many suspect murder as he wrote and sang many anti-soviet pieces.
The photo inserted is a recent statue commemorating his fame in Lviv. it is located off Prospect Shevchenko near the music conservatory where he studied. this statue is near a large thorny metal wreath with his photo also on Schevchenka Blvd.
He is buried in the famous and ancient cemetery called Lychakivsky where also stands a beautiful Bronze in his memory.
We at Lviv apartments consider Cervona Ruta our favourite Ukrainian song .
Lviv is a city that has great pride in it’ history. Here, most citizens are very nationalistic and patriotic.
The photo exhibit, seen in the inserted photo, is just one of numerous such open air art and historical exhibits throughout the city. this beautiful collection of larger than life, sepia tone photos depicts some of the national heroes of the First World War era.
This exhibit is located in front of the Polish Cathedral and The Boiim Chapel on Halytska street. This area is for pedestrians only and so it is the perfect venue to showcase such an exhibit as people can take their time to study the images, read the captions and leisurely enjoy the art event.
We at Lviv apartments certainly encourage such beautiful exhibits. there are numerous such shows throughout the city. We hope that this trend will continue and grow as it is a a fantastic way to educate and stimulate both Young and old…
Christmas fairs have become a huge tourist winter attraction all over Europe. Tourists travel from all over North America to many European countries primarily visiting Christmas markets . These tourists buy rather expensive tours whereby guides take them from city to towns in individual and even in varied countries visiting Christmas markets. it has become a very popular tourist destination.
Lviv too has a great Christmas market – called the ” YARMOROK” . It is composed of a series of Swiss – like wooden cabins where vendors sell absolutely everything under the sun as Christmas gifts. most of the items for sale are locally hand made – Beautiful hand woven scarves, tukes, slippers, and even parkas are brought in from the Carpathian mountains where sheep’s wool is plentiful. Pure bees- wax candles are also very big sellers .
There are many kiosks selling food from the traditional perigees and cabbage rolls to more contemporary fare like candies apples and pretzels. table and stools are strewn about so that the buying public can take a break and just soak in the atmosphere. here, local musicians serenade and costumed vendors add colour and drama.
We at Lviv Apartments believe that the markets in Lviv are far more unique and original than in other European centres as Lviv is still untouched by mass commercialism. Also, very important, the cost of items at the Lviv Christmas market are still very affordable.
Come enjoy the Lviv Christmas market before it becomes such a destination you will not be able to afford it.
It is a well know fact that Lviv is an ancient city steeped in history. The inserted photo is proof positive of this fact. This image shows the Arsenal in the old city centre. This brick and stone wall is complete wall wall tower, and remnants of moats. It is beautifully restored and attracts bus loads of tourists daily. Today we find nestled in the ruins contemporary cafe and restaurants.
In the cavern is a museum show centuries old artifacts with an emphasis off antique military arms.
A stroll in the heart of Lviv gives one glimpses of fortress walls built in heavy stone. When the city digs to repair water mains and sewage pipes one marvels at what looks like an archeological dig with old brick and stone walls and ruined dwellings.
What a treat for Lvi v apartment dwellers to witness first hand ancient history. We can only image when the entire city was surrounded by these medieval walls.
The Urban problems in Lviv are multi -levelled! As seen in the photo insert, the sidewalks are a prime example of how the basic infrastructure is a mess- a ruin.
This infrastructure has been abandoned for decades during the Soviet Era . Now the task of repairing them is overwhelming.
The state of disrepair is everywhere to be found . the most embarrassing spots are near the Opera House and the City Hall. The locals walk along these crooked, broken down sidewalks ( some of which have substantial holes ) as if it were normal. The young girls with their stiletto heals strut along these miserable sidewalk – sacrificing all for fashion!
To the tourists this feat is a sight to behold.
I often feel in Lviv that I cannot look up to admire the architecture for fear of tripping on a very uneven sidewalk tile! What a shame.
To compound the situation- there are absolutely no no access for wheelchairs.
This situation becomes even more treacherous in the winter when the city fails to clean the snow off these sidewalks and thick layers of ice eventually create a most uneven and dangerous ice rink!
We at Lviv in apartments sincerely hope that these urban problems will improve. Unfortunately, we have seen many shady repair jobs whereby reconstructions have not lasted and the situation has not improved due to bad workmanship or low grade materials. A prime case in point are the sidewalks on the City Hall Square. twice already they have been replaced and again the tiles are lifting and cracking. The major question to City Hall is – Why?