Lviv is one of the biggest cities situated in the Western part of Ukraine with rich history and magnificent churches, buildings, monuments and relics in various styles. Architecture is quite popular in the country and the old town in Lviv is a combination of architectural magnificence and cultural ambience. St. George’s Cathedral is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the old town. Some of the historic landmarks in the old town in Lviv are Orthodox Cathedral, Rynok Square, Armenian Cathedral, and Chapel of the Boim Family, Korniakt Palace and Dominican Church of Corpus Christi.
In the year 1975, the old town was identified as the State Historic-Architectural Sanctuary. Being a multicultural historical center, the old town gained significant importance only in 1998 after UNESCO declared Lviv as a World heritage site. The major criteria for the selection were its astounding artistic as well as architectural heritage carrying a strong influence of Eastern Europe and also the religious and cultural traditions in the city is famous for. There are more than two thousand historic landmarks in the old town which constitutes of about 7,400 acres of land.
The old town in Lviv was initially founded in the middle of the thirteenth century by a prince named Daniil Romanovich and he named the city Lviv after his son Lev which means “the Place of Lion”. Since the medieval times, this is the only city that has preserved some of the artifacts of the old history. The old town consists of building, churches, monuments, museums and other remarkable places that have marvelous architectural styles. The museums in the old town portray the account of history and archeology from medieval period till the more recent period of Ukrainian Nationalist struggle to break free from the Soviet regime.
Some of the major tourist attractions in the old town are the St. George’s Cathedral located on a hill from where the entire view of the old Town could be seen, Live Opera House, Church of the Assumption that belongs to the sixteenth century, the Boim’s chapel of the 17th century, Stryj Park built in 1887, Market Square or Ploshcha Rynok of sixteenth century, Church of Body of Christ of the Dominican Order of the eighteenth century, Armenian Cathedral of the 14th century, Latin Cathedral of the 15th century and many more historic sites. The architectural monuments in the old town portray the rich history of the old city.
The Market Square in the old town is surrounded by forty four amazing burgher houses and some of the major houses are the King Jan III Sobieski Palace, the Lubomirski Palace, the Heppner House, the Black House, the Boim Family House, the Venetian House, Archbishop’s Palace and the House of Szolc-Wolfowicz. This charming old town reflects a fusion of the culture and architecture of Eastern and Western Europe where Eastern Christanism and Catholicism often clashed with each other. In spite of all these clashes, this beautiful old town has been considered as the UNESCO World heritage Site. Anyone would just fall in love with the majestic and unique beauty of this historic old town in Lviv.