Exploring Lviv

Sacred Lviv: The Multicultural Capital of Ukraine

Issue 77, March 2015.
Given the multitude of monikers the city has been known as – Leopolis, Lemberg, Lwow, Lvov, and now proudly as Ukrainian Lviv – it should be no surprise that the Western Ukrainian capital is known for its multicultural nature. Located, as it were, on an important east-west trade route, as well as on the fault line between Western- and Eastern-rite Christianity, the city has for most of its existence been the home to over 100 diverse ethnic and national groups, all of which have made a distinctive mark on the city’s history and current modern appearance. Ruled over the centuries at times by Ruthenian princes, Austrian emperors, and Polish kings, Lviv has become famous for its multicultural and multi-religious character.

The Rocks of Dovbush: West Ukraine’s Natural and Historic Wonder

Issue 73, November 2014.
The Rocks of Dovbush are a fascinating combination of natural wonders and manmade creations that can be found in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Part of the Polyantytskiy Regional Landscape Park, the site has been named one of Ukraine’s seven natural and historical landmarks. The sandstone cliffs were formed some 70 million years ago when the area was at the bottom of a warm sea, and consists of oddly shaped stones, massive caves, shadowy gorges, impressive fortifications, yawning pits, winding labyrinths, and mysterious pathways.

Lviv’s “Green Treasure”

Issue 68, May 2014.
Discover the High Castle, one of city’s beautiful parks and extremely popular leisure destination Lviv citizens.


Issue 67, April 2014.
Take Your time to get acquainted with Lviv’s fashion trends starting from the end of the 19th century, a period when the entire world was driven by a passion for beauty, the arts, and novelties in everything.

Lviv’s treasures of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen

Issue 66, March 2014.
Among Ukrainian cities, Lviv stands alone as a place where one can find important architectural landmarks of all kinds of styles representing many different eras standing right next to each other. Works from many recognized architects and artists can be found decorating churches, adorning art galleries, or specially displayed in one of our many museums.

Lviv’s Armenian Heritage

Issue 61, October 2013.
The annual holiday dedicated to one of the oldest streets in Lviv – Virmenska – was held over the September 13-15 weekend. The year’s celebration was dedicated to the 650th anniversary of the Armenian Cathedral – the oldest in Lviv and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leopolitans, tourists, and distinguished guests had the wonderful opportunity to discover many historical facts about prominent Halychynan Armenians, the Armenian Quarter through different historical periods, and the role of Armenians in the history of the city. The Armenian community has had an undeniable impact on the historical development of Lviv, as well as on its culture and traditions, and the holiday was designed to celebrate this unique aspect of the city’s heritage.

The Culinary Tales of Stefko Rondel - Halycian Vegetarian Cuisine

Issue 60, September 2013.
Discover Halycian Vegetarian Cuisine story

Lviv Weekend Trip Ideas

Issue 59, July 2013.
The rich history and spectacular natural beauty of Western Ukraine makes it a hotspot for one-two day excursions. The variety of exciting locations around Lviv and Western Ukraine’s regions will help you to forget your daily troubles and will surely plunge you deep into the fantastic world of picturesque landscapes and adventurous activities.

Lviv’s Botanical Treasure

Issue 58, June 2013.
The Botanical Garden is one of the oldest educational and scientific research institutions of the Lviv National Ivan Franko University in Ukraine. The main task of the garden was to offer students lessons on morphology and the systematic teaching of plants at the University. Today the Botanical Garden is located in Lviv in two different areas, 44 Cheremshiny St. (which covers an area of 16.5 ha) and at 4 Cyril and Methodius St. (occuping 2 hectares).

The World’s One and Only Pysanka Museum

Issue 56, April 2013.
Find out about The World’s One and Only Pysanka Museum located the town of Kolomiya in Western Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankivsk region.