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Lviv Ukraine aerial view

Instagram is such a crazy place of exploration. A Polish fashion blogger that I follow was recently posting pictures from Lviv Fashion Week. This peaked my interest and of course I had to look up the location of this strange-sounding city.

It turns out Lviv is a city in western Ukraine, approximately 45 miles from the Polish border, that is known for its great culture and architecture. Funnily enough, a New York Times article on Lviv and it’s architecture was published the same day I looked it up. This is right up my alley so I wanted to share some images with you.

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the lion is the medieval symbol of Lviv

“During much of its 750-year history, Lviv had been one of Central Europe’s most cosmopolitan centers, Mr. Zhuk said. But in the middle of the 20th century the polyglot culture that built this city was all but wiped out by war, mass murder and postwar ethnic cleansing.
Given that history, the survival of Lviv’s architecture is remarkable. Nazis destroyed almost all the city’s synagogues, and decades of neglect have left many of the remaining buildings with crumbling cornices and missing plaster. But otherwise much of the historic cityscape is now as it was in August 1939…”
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house of scientists noble casino

“Lviv’s Neo-Baroque House of Scientists was built in 1897 by famed architects Fellner & Helmer, who also designed the George Hotel and the Odessa Opera House. Over its storied history the building has undergone many incarnations. Beginning in 1918 it housed a casino. From 1948 it was home to the Lviv House of Scientists, a center of scientific, social and political events in Lviv and Ukraine.”

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“The Armenian Cathedral is one of the oldest and most significant buildings in Lviv. It was commissioned by an Armenian merchant in the 14th century from the port city of Kaffa. It’s believed that the cathedral was modeled after the Cathedral of Ani in Armenia’s ancient capital.”

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george hotel lviv
“Most of this architectural confection, which dates from 1901, is still occupied by the George Hotel, where luminaries like Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Ravel once stayed.”

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Rynok Square, historic center of Lviv

There are so many other amazing pictures of Lviv, but history buffs may find these old B&W photos and illustrations of historic Lviv pretty fascinating.

You can also take a look at the Lviv Wikipedia page and a site listing some of the most prominent monuments.

Image sources: Armenian cathedral, George HotelRynok Square, House of ScientistsHouse of Scientists Library, all other image sources are unknown