"Zhovka, an "Ideal Renaissance City"" Zhovkva by om_212
Zhovkva Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 78 photos
Zhovkva is a little town just 25 km to the north of Lviv with population around 13,000. it's hard to believe that this city once had been the center of the cultural and political life. nevertheless, Zhovkva happened to preserve around 40 architectural monuments, witnesses of city's once glorious past.
Some historical milestones:
1242 - the first written mentioning of the town, then called Vynnyky (tr. Wine area). the area has been inhabited by wine-makers, who had active trade with Lviv. (note, that the first written mentioning of Lviv was 14 years later).
1598 - Polish getman Zolkiewski, who was presented Vynnyky for his outstanding military deeds, renames it after his name - Zólkiew. the building of the "ideal city" starts. (Apparently, Zolkiewski, like Leonardo da Vinci, believed that a city built according to the “ideal city model” would have ideal life :)
1604 - Zhovka receives Magdeburg Right
1678 - Zhovkva becomes the favorite residence of Polish King Jan III Sobieski
1706 - Peter the Great spends quite some time in Zhovka, where he develops the strategic plan to defeat Karl XII
1951-1991 - the town is renamed to Nesterov, to commemorate a Soviet pilot Pavlo Nesterov, first to perform a "dead loop" during the IIWW, who died in a "ram attack" not far from Zhovkva
1991 - the city regains its historical name Zhovkva
the "ideal city" has been built by an Italian architect Petro Schaslyvyi (trans. Peter, the Happy). allegedly, if you look on the city from the air, it has a shape of a snow-flake.
one can only speculate whether the architect name had a magic influence on the city atmosphere, but here, in Zhovkva, people do look carefree and happy.
Despite the fact that I used to live in the area for eight years, I haven't traveled been to Zhovkva. My knowledge was limited to two facts: Zhovka is a historical place, and in 2004 the city celebrated 400 years since Magdeburg Right was granted. may be I would never visited this place if it has been for yumyum and Horscheck. a big thank you to both of you for picking up my curiosity.
- Pros:historical place with splendid architecture
- Cons:deteriorate state of monuments, undeveloped infrastructure
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