"Lwow (Lviv) City of Lion and Dreams" Lviv by convoyblue

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Imagine the city situated as the Rome among the hills and as the Rome with three archbishops and also hundreds of places that history of nations (Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Germans and Ormians) is connected and inseparable as a melting-pot with the tough history of that City.Imagine the city with exceptional architecture that comparable or dim the fabulous building of Prague or Cracow . Exquisite arts of architecture from Middle Ages, Gothic, Baroque to Renaissance. Imagine walking through the city that for Poles and Ukrainians means much more than other places or cities, because engage a lot of emotions attatched to the history of Poland and Ukraina, independent fights, identity. If you only read teh below time line of that City you will understand that on just 155 sq.km of Lviv you are about to walk through the streets of our desires, dreams that come true, suffer and devotion.

1256 - Founding of Lwow by Prince Danylo Halitski of Galicia (former principality of Kyivan Rus) after his son Lev
1340 - Lwow captured by the Poles, it remains under the Polish rule until late 1700's.
1356 - Lwow received Magdeburgh Law
1772 - During the 1st Partion of Poland the City passes to Austria-Hungary and becomes the capital of the province of Galicia.
1914-18 - Ferocious bitter fighting takes place in and around the city during First World War.
1919 - After the end of WWI Lwow once again returns to Poland
1939 - During World War II Lwow was occupied by Soviet Troops.
1941-1944 - The City was occupied by the German Army.
1945 - Lviv (Lwow) as other eastern cities and terytories of Poland became part of the USSR (Lwow became part of Ukrainian SSR) during this time the city was named Lvov.
1991 - Ukraine became independent, the city's name was changed to Lviv.
1998-Lviv was officially included to the UNESCO List of World Monuments of Architecture

...By the way, if you don't want to know what Velvet Underground, Honore de Balzac, George Clooney and Simon Wiesenthal have in common with Lviv just do not enter "Local Customs" (Famous) tips

  • Last visit to Lviv: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 24, 2003
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Hello, Mike! Nice place, great page, thanx!

  • morgenhund's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2006 at 2:13 AM

    Some good tips here! Mike

  • Intrepidduck's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2004 at 5:47 AM

    Lviv is an intriguing city i have wanted to visit in years, it will be no doubt be a few more until I get there on my bicycle I hope.

  • ronaldpk's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2004 at 7:53 PM

    Wspaniala lekcja historii!

  • Dec 10, 2003 at 3:38 PM

    Ukrainian nationalists fought to free Ukraine from Soviet and Nazi tyranny and Polish colonialism. Lives were lost in that struggle, on all sides, but nationalists were not involved in pogrms of Jews. Many Ukrainians died in the Nazi concentration camps.

  • Jul 12, 2003 at 7:09 AM

    Thanks for the tips, especially currency exchange. I'll be here in less than 2 weeks.

  • fa330's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2003 at 6:20 AM

    I love potato pancakes! :) Great page!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2003 at 6:16 AM

    Wow Great page! Full of good tips & beautiful photos! Love the old buildings. Looks like a place full of History!! Thank you for sharing your home town with us! :-)

  • asgottl's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2003 at 2:01 PM

    Incredibly informative.... Thanks for the wonderful photos and brilliant commentary!!!

  • mafootje's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2003 at 1:40 PM

    I like that farmacy...nice pictures

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