The Palace with the Sphinxes

    Address:102 Zelena Street
  • The Palace with the Sphinxes is the last of relatively preserved palace-like estates of early 19th century in Lviv.

    Two pairs of pseudo-Tuscan columns with two bas-reliefs of woman-faced sphinxes above them stand in front of the palace’s main entrance . It was these bas-reliefs that gave the building its name. The sphinxes remind of the style of prominent Lviv sculptor Pavlo Oytele. The house itself was designed by builder Joseph Zemler and constructed in 1829. The construction was funded by engineer Jan Pencakowski. In 1850 the building became the property of Adel from the Bronski family and her husband Julian Maluszynski. That is where the house’s second name – the Maluszyn Manor – comes from. In the 60s of the 19th century the palace was rebuilt in Umpire style. During the Polish anti-Russian rebellion of 1863 the Poles of Lviv gathered in it. They were aiding the rebels in Duchy of Warsaw and sending them weapons from here. Before World War I Polish rifle troops underwent training in this manor.

    Under the Soviet rule in post-war times the palace was used for regular apartments. The last residents were evicted in 1989. At the same time plans were made to demolish the palace. Writer Rostyslav Bratun supported by the public (including pupils of Secondary School No. 42) saved the building from destruction. In the 2000s the palace was restored using the funds of a private company. Since March 2007 it has housed the office of Dzyga Art Gallery.  

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