Market Place is considered to be the heart of Lviv as all important questions were usually solved there.44 buildings and City Hall in the middle, 8 streets which start from here, 4 fountains, 3 windows in every house, many legends and real stories - all of it is united on the Market Place.
The history of this place started from king Leo, who allowed people to build houses in that direction. Later, in 1349, the king of Poland Kazimier replaced the city center from northern part to the south and charged Germans to build new Market Place.
Visiting Market Place, You can imagine how Lviv looked in the 16-17th cent. when plenty of buildings was built here. I also recommend You to climb up the City Hall tower to see the panorama on the city center. It will give You a lot of emotions and impressions.
If You want to take a look on the Market Place we recommend You to do it with the help of qualified guide. You can choose the tour from the list below:
Climbing up to the hight of 412 m above the sea level You have a good opportunity to see the whole city of Lviv. On the south of You there is the old city, on the west there is Pidzamche (Under Castle) - the oldest district of Lviv from which it's history started. Volyn trade route goes to the north and to the east of You there is the biggest park of Lviv - Znesinnia and the Lion Hill.
Long ago there was a fortress on the High Castle Hill and no one of enemies could conquer it. But in 1648 it was taken by Bohdan Hmelnytskiy - cossaks headman and later it was demolished.
But no matter that castle doesn't exist here anymore this hill is still the special place for the citizens of Lviv and for the guests of the city.
To reach the top You have to go through the park which is situated on the slopes of the hill. Giong upstairs, You can start watching the panorama of Lviv. 250 stairs and You're at the top. The words are needless here You just have to watch.
If You want to visit the High Castle Hill together with qualified tour guide, we offer You to choose the tour from the list below:
Opera House was built by tallented architect Zygmund Gorgolevskiy. He offered to change the stream of Poltva River so that it would'nt be flooded. It made the building of the theatre so much cheaper as this plot was empty and nobody wanted to use it.
Gorgeous sculptures of Comedy and Tragedy, Muses, Joys and Sorrows of life, Geniuses, and Glory decorate the theatre.
Even if You are not the Opera admirer, we recommend You to come inside. There are also many interesting places to see - lobby, mirror hall and spectator hall.
Of course You can see Opera House by yourself but it's better to do it with guide around Lviv, who gives You unforgottable tour to Opera House.
Another one miracle of Lviv. Mausoleum of Boim's Family with the sitting sculpture of Jesuis Christ in Sorrows. There is an ionteresting inscription under the sculpture: "Traveller, stop and think, whether Your sorrows are deeper than mine?"
We go around the chapel to see the main facade with the scenes of Passions of Jesuis Christ. The interior of chapel is also worth of looking. By the way, from the inside it looks higher than from the outside, because of the optical effects. The big carved altar with sculptures which step forward from the wall make the feeling of strength and honour.
If You want to visit the Boim's Chapel with a qualified guide in Lviv, You can order the tour from the list below:
Your first question is how did Armenians appeared in Lviv? They tried to escape from Turks so they moved to different countries.
So in the XIIIth cent. Armenian community appeared in Lviv. Armenians liked this city as it was situated at the crossroads of tradeways and it was well-defenced. That's why they built the temple here in the XIVth cent.
You should definitly come inside the church to see the beautiful frescos painted by Yan Rozen. All the saints and apostles here were painted from the citizens of Lviv at the beginning of the XXth cent.
You will be also impressed with the romantic courtyards of the church.
We recommend You to visit the Armenian church with qualified guide in Lviv. You can choose the tour from the list below:
Lychakiv cemetary is also known as the Per-Lashez. Because every chapel and grave monument here is the work of art. From the beginning this cemetary was elite and the most rich people were buried there. The cemetary still has this status - the most popular people are buried here.
Next to the graves of well-known Ukrainian writers, painters etc. there are graves of unknown people with gorgeous monuments. They are interested because every detail symbolize something.
For the unforgottable tour to Lychakiv cemetary we offer You to order the tour. The guide will tell You about life and graves of famous Ukrainians and the most beautiful graves on the cemetary.
If You want to visit Lychakiv cemetary with a guide, You can do it durin the next tours:
Striyskiy Park is one of the most romantic places in Lviv and the best way for family picnic. You can visit it by Yourself in free time from tours or with the help of qualified guide to Lviv during the next tours:
It is situated on the hill and it dominates above the architecture of the city. Till 2007 there was a residence of metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholic Church. Then it moved to Kiev but it still attracts dwellers of Lviv and city guests with it's look, rich decoration andand miraculous crying icon of Virgin Mary.
There is a crypt where Andrew Sheptytskiy and other metropolitans were buried.
You can visit St. George Cathedral with guide during the next tours:
This is a building of XIXth cent. Nowadays it belongs to the House of Scientists but long time ago it was the place where all deputies of Galician Parliament gathered to spend the evening. They played cards here and enjoyed the time together with ... girls
The main adornment of the building is the beautifuk staircase - the favorite object for tourists making photoes. You can visit this building with a guide during the next tours:
The palace of the most famous Polish magnates family. This is the most splendor residence which was built in the end of XIXth cent. There are 102 rooms, Blue, Red, White, Fireplace Halls and a cabinet of the Count.
Nowadays it belongs to Lviv Art Gallery Museum. On the first floor You can see the exhibition of the palace halls. On the second floor there is the exhibition of Lviv Art Gallery (the pictures of the XIV-XVIII cent.)
You should better visit the Potockiy Palace together with a guide to Lviv. You can visit it during the next tours in Lviv: