The Bandinelli Palace

    Address:2, Rynok Square
  • The Bandinelli Palace (2 Rynok Square) is a monument of the late Renaissance (1593). The fasade displays stone dolphins that acted as a talisman for trade and protection for the building's original owner.

    At the beginning of the 17th century a merchant from Italy, Roberto Bandinelli, having visited the city, decided to settle in Lviv, received Lviv citizenship, bought this building, and started a business unusual to the city: he established a post office of European standard here. In 1629 Polish King Sigismund III granted Bandinelli the privilege of maintenance of the regular royal post office and the title of  Royal Postmaster. Lvivites could send and receive letters from the whole of Europe every Saturday; however, these services were extremely expensive. A dispatch of only six grams of correspondence to Gdansk, for example, would equal the daily rate of a qualified craftsman. Paper was heavy in those times, and soon the Lviv Council rejected such expensive services. Bandinelli had invested a great deal of money in this business, so the Council’s actions made him virtually bankrupt.

    In 1737-1739 the building was reconstructed and buttresses were erected to reinforce it. The inscription on the façade on the side of Stavropihiyska Street witnesses that rebuilding was performed. In the 19th century the building accommodated Wild’s Bookshop, a sort of club for Lviv intellectuals. At the same time the famous Polish poet Kornel Ujejski lived there.

    Nowadays here is are exposed different exhibitions of Lviv History Museum.

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