The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

    Address:1 Universytetska Street
  • The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv presents a Viennese Neo-Renaissance monument of 1877-1881.

    The building was designed by architect Hochberger for the Parliament (local self-government) of Halychyna. Since 1919, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the building has accommodated a university. The monumental building, rendered in the elegant style of Viennese Neo-Renaissance architecture of the first half of the 19th century, is a harmonious combination of architecture and sculpture. The entrance to the building is adorned with two large allegorical compositions, Education and Labour. Above, on the attic, stands a commanding sculptural group The Tutelary Spirit of Halychyna with the figures of Halychyna, the Dniester, and the Vistula. The façade of the building is decorated below with figures symbolizing Love, Justice, Truth, and Faith. The university’s façade is best viewed from the opposite square, near the monument to Ivan Franko.

    The front staircase, illuminated from the glass ceiling, is adorned with Neo-Renaissance ornamental patterns by the famous sculptor Leonardo Marconi. The building’s lobby has original wall-paintings of the early 1950s in the style of Stalinist Socialist Realism.

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