Travel Highlight - Lviv Ukraine
This weeks travel spotlight is Lviv Ukraine. This vibrant historical town of Western Ukraine is named in honor of Leo, the eldest son of King Daniel of Galicia who ruled from 1272 to 1349.
When walking the streets, you notice the architecture dates back as early as the 13th century during Polish dominion. The reason being is that Lviv was spared from the past and recent wars because of it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see many different styles reflecting off of the buildings and monuments such as the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. Because of this, it makes Lviv a top destination for any traveler.
Buildings and Architecture
Many of these buildings are of the finest craftsmanship unfamiliar to anywhere else in the world. Hand chiseled masonry stones are the building blocks for the walls of the three to five story buildings. The stone detailing around the windows and doorframes are some of the last in the world to remain romantically untouched.
These magnificent structures hold a Renaissance secret. Because Lviv was a major stop on the trade route during the second half of the XVI century, the buildings have a character from other countries - primarily French and Italian. The city has fabulous courtyards braced by Venetian arches and Renaissance detailing. The courtyards are the hearts to hidden city oasis trimmed with gardens and personality.
The Kornyakt Palace
This Palace is the finest example of Renaissance architecture created by the Italian architect Peter of Barbone. Jan Sobieski, the Polish King, resided in this mansion in the 16th century. Sobieski was a prominent figure in the wine trade along the Black Sea. You can find Kornyakt Palace in Rynok Square and work as part of an exhibition of the Lviv History Museum.
The Palace of Counts Potockis
The 19th-century building is known as French Neo Renaissance. The Palace is designed by French Architect Louis d'Overnu who built this brilliant palace between 1888-1890. The Palace has large marble fireplaces detailed with intricate moldings and gilded bronze. It is well known for The Red, The Blue, and the Mirror Hall. Today you will find the Lviv Art Gallery with works from local historical icons. The palace is home to many conferences, concert, and presentations, making it the perfect addition to your travels.
Although Architectural walls tell grand stories, many of the local parks are as rich with history. There are any beautiful parks speckled throughout Lviv. These parks are the perfect place to meet locals, hear their stories and are great local places to visit.
High Castle was a defensive fort with a history of being rebuilt due to fire. Originally the castle was built of wood and earth making it susceptible. The grounds are now considered a historical park that sits 1355 feet above sea level, with endless paths that snake around the property. You can find High Castle Park a 25min walk from the town center, making it easily assessable.
Stryiskyi Park is known to be the oldest of local parks. With over 58 acres of endless walking trails you can find hundreds of species of plants and picnic areas. In 1887 it was referred to as the Agricultural Exhibition Fairgrounds. Now it is open to the public free of charge and a 20-30 min walk from town.
Lviv is historically rich in culture, stories, and architecture. It remains untouched by the ravages of time where buildings stand tall, and so do the people. No matter where you go you are enthusiastically greeted and catered to with the best hospitality you can imagine. Buildings and places tell a story, but it's always the people that give them personality.