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"Open air museum of Western Ukrainian villages" Lviv Things to Do Tip by lotharlerch

Lviv Things to Do: 311 reviews and 904 photos

  Wooden church
by lotharlerch

After Stockholm started with Skansen in the 19th century more and more cities, capitals and regional capitals try to conserve the old farmhouses and complete village ensembles to show the industrial and post-industrial society how life was in the countryside about 100 to 300 years ago. Western Ukraine has two very remarkable museums of this type, in Lviv and in Uzhgorod.
The one in Lviv is not very far from the centre in a forest still known as "Kaiserwald" (Emperor's forest) among the locals (the Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef I used to go for hunting there).
All buildings and churches are of wood, fantastic sophisticated craftmanship, built to resist the rough and rainy climate of this area. Also the churches are made of wood because the Polish did not allow the Ukrainians to build churches of stone which was a privilege of the Roman Catholics here. But this constraint generated extraordinary works of art, different in style but comparable in historical value to the woodden churches in Norway.

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  • Updated May 4, 2005
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