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Routes that will reopen the city for you in a new way

Iryna Kharko

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In the warm seasons of the year, everyone want to explore and learn something new as never before. While all countries around the world are gradually leaving the quarantine regime, we suggest you explore your city and your country, visit those places whose visits were postponed "for later", or did not even know about them.

The team of the Lviv Tourist Information Center made sure that you can spend time actively and safely if you do not like group walks, and developed with the support of Unexplored City convenient routes for individual walks in Lviv. Now everyone will be able to choose a convenient time for a walk and an interesting route for themselves.

Unique routes and a convenient coordination interface, you can choose Messenger or Telegram for step-by-step destinations and information about them; track with Google Map or use PDF format.

"A walk from the Railway Station to St. George Cathedral". A walk that will be interesting and convenient both for those who arrived in Lviv using the railway and for those who plan to use railway transport to move to other cities, as the route will run from the centre to the main railway station or vice versa. Start from one of the most beautiful railway stations of Ukraine - Lviv Railway to the Greek Catholic Mecca of Western Ukraine - St. George's Cathedral. 

Along the way, you will be able to climb the tallest sacred building in Lviv, see the house with the cupids of the architect Franciszek Tomasz Bernat, “The House of Artists” who sheltered many artists; you will see the greatness of one of the centres of the Lviv intelligentsia - the main building of the University "Lviv Polytechnic" and so on.

When you choose St. George's Cathedral as a destination to visit, we recommend you to use the route "A walk from Svobody Avenue to St. George Cathedral". You will discover interesting facts about the buildings of Lviv formed in the XIX century after Lviv became the capital of the autonomous Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was built according to the requirements of that time. Learn interesting things about Lviv pierl – the Opera House and its sculptural composition on the facade, visit the building of the first Galician Parliament, enjoy the tranquility of Lviv's "Central Park"; in the route, you will not miss and interesting figures etc.

If you prefer quiet streets and tranquillity of parks, an interesting route for you will be "On the way to Stryiskyi Park". It is said, is a combination of pleasant and useful. After the walk, you will be able to determine at a first glance in which style the building or townhouse was built, whether early or late historicism, or Baroque or neo-Baroque buildings, and perhaps Art Nouveau, etc.

"On the way to Lychakiv Cemetery" you will walk along the old Pekarska Street, which has absorbed a deep and interesting history because its origins date back to the end of the XVII century, you will see the Semeskykh-Levytskykh Palace and of Turkulliv-Comello Palace, also the most characteristic example of Soviet neoclassicism and more. The last destination is the mystery and mysticism of the sculptures of the Lviv necropolis.

If you plan to visit one of the most famous scancen in Ukraine - Shevchenkivskyi Hai, an open-air museum of folk wooden architecture, do not take the tram "first" or "second", but take the route "A walk from Gunpowder Tower to Folk Architecture Museum". Learn where the Governor's Walls was in Lviv and why they were named so, learn about the former church of the Barefoot Carmelites, learn what the "Chicken Society" is, walk through the streets where the spiritual and social consciousness of the city was formed, understand why one of the streets is called Prosvita Street, etc.

Lviv throughout the evolution, due to various circumstances, was formed as a multicultural city; especially noticeable is the trend in the Middle Ages, when in Lviv, given the cultural and religious differences, communities filled individual streets and created neighborhoods. Thus, it is known that in the second half of the XIV century four main communities were formed: Latin, Ruthenian, Jewish, and Armenian. The Jewish community had a significant influence on the development of the city.

Unfortunately, not many monuments of Jewish culture have survived to this day, but those that have survived are of great value to the city and to the Jewish community of the world. Therefore, if you are interested in Jewish culture in Lviv, you can choose three routes: "Cultural and social life of the Jews of Lviv in the XIX - 1st half XX century", (Which consists of Part 1 and Part 2) and "Lviv Jewish districts. The Way of changes and reforms.". They will open for you the Jewish Lviv, which is lacking today and which has disappeared over time and with a force of circumstances.

"Lviv Jewish districts. The Way of changes and reforms", the route that related to the oldest part in the history of the Jewish community in Lviv. You will see where in Lviv there was a pub "Naftuli Tepfer", which was popularly called "Pekelko" (something close in meaning to "little hell"), The Space of Synagogues, where a Jewish spiritual centre was established, unfortunately, destroyed during the Nazi occupation, you will learn what "emphyteusis" is and on which building it is preserved, you will find excavations where - "mezuzahs" is, about which you will learn more in the walk.

Wider walk "Cultural and social life of the Jews of Lviv in the XIX - 1st half of XX century" here you will mention such prominent figures as Mayer Samuel (Shmuel) Balaban, Zindal Neuhaus, Erno Erb, and others. Learn about the first Lviv department store, like American shopping malls; discover where important buildings, destroyed during the two world wars, were located.

Another alternative tour of Jewish Lviv during the enlightenment period was Haskalah. During the walk, you will be able to be acquainted with the period of active development of Jewish culture, education, and literature. You will visit both important administrative buildings (Yiddish newspaper office "Nayer Morgen" ("New Morning"), educational institutions, banking institutions, cultural centers, etc.) and public buildings. Find out where the first skyscraper was built in Lviv and the stories related to it. Moreover, a lot of additional interesting information.

In the end, they left a tour with the "indigenous inhabitants" of the city, which are immortalized not only on the coats of arms, but also sculptures, reliefs, mascarons, etc. You have probably guessed the route – "Lviv Lions". During the walk you will see more than twenty destinations where lions are depicted; find out where the oldest lions are in the decoration of Lviv townhouses, where there is a "House under the Lions", and where the lion from legends, which has never seen the daylight, is hidden, and if you are very careful to see the changing in a mood of a Lviv lion when you approach.

We are sure that you will find an interesting route for yourself. Spend time with benefits! If you indulge in car rides outside the city, we advise you to read a selection of locations of the tourist potential of Lviv region.

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