Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
The Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet is a bright example of the Neo-Renaissance style in architecture. It is often compared with the Vienna State Opera for its grand façade and décor. Being built in 1900 by a design by the Polish architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski, the building holds a lot of secrets inside.
One of the legends says that the architect attempted suicide the following year, because he had realized that the underground waters of the river Plotva were washing away the theater's foundation. Despite that, the Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet is still functioning and holds new performances every season.
St. George’s Cathedral Lviv
Lviv’s St. George’s Cathedral is a magnificent Rococo style architectural ensemble of the 18th century. It stands on the high hill above the city and perfectly matches with the urban landscape. Amazing sculptures by the famous artist Johann Georg Pinsel adorn the main façade of the building, while the author of the project was German architect Bernard Meretyn. An interesting fact is that the chapel of monument hides the oldest bell in Ukraine, which was created in 1341.
Dormition Cathedral Lviv
The complex of the Dormition Cathedral consists of a whole ensemble of architectural masterpieces, which comprised a printing house, a library, a school, and a museum. It used to be the venue of the Orthodox community of the old city. The ensemble has a direct relationship with the Italian courtyard because it was built from the funds of Konstantin Kornyakt. The interior of the Dormition Cathedral is decorated with paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, and it has the iconostasis of 1773. The highest point is the 66-meter tower, which resembles the bell tower of Venice.
Potocki Palace Lviv
A 19th-century architectural monument has been built in the style of French Classicism for the influential family of Polish tycoons – the Potocki. The massive gates and moulded balconies emphasize the majesty of the palace. The exterior and interior décor was provided to arrange chamber concerts and to organize important political meetings. In Soviet times, the building served as a Registry Office, and in the beginning of the 21st century, the Potocki Palace was transferred to the Lviv Art Gallery.
Pharmacy Museum Lviv
The Pharmacy Museum in Lviv was opened in the 1960's in the space of an old pharmacy. The museum’s display is set out over 16 halls, where more than 3,000 exhibits are shown. Visitors can carefully consider the collection of utensils for storing medicines, along with real pharmaceutical scales and equipment. In one of the halls, a pharmacy laboratory has been perfectly reconstructed. It was reproduced according to engravings and old books. Additionally, in one of the halls of the museum, there is a library with unique pharmaceutical books and documents.
Italian Courtyard Lviv
The Italian courtyard reflects the architectural monuments of the Renaissance. The most romantic and cosy corner in nearby Market Square, since the noise from the city center does not get there. It should be noted that according to the laws of that time, all the stone houses of the Square could have no more than three windows on the façade. It was a rule of equal opportunities and even the richest citizen of Lviv, the wine merchant Konstantin Kornyakt, had to follow it. But 100 years ago, the city authorities bought the building and placed a museum named after King Jana III there. Now in the Italian courtyard, jazz and classical concerts are often held, during which you can drink a cup of refined Lviv coffee.
Lychakiv Cemetery Lviv
The Lychakiv Cemetery is a part of the city’s architecture and one of the most magnificent necropolises in Europe, dating from the 18th century. The place is known not only for its beautiful crypts and gravestone monuments, but also for the many hidden tales and legends associated with outstanding people of art. It has about 500 sculptures of completely different architectural styles and over 2,000 crypts. The inscriptions on tombstones are written in Ukrainian, Polish, German, Serbian, Italian, Armenian, Latin, Hebrew, and Russian.