Lviv has always been a city of great literary pretensions and was the home of the region’s first printing presses in the sixteenth century. You will encounter a monument to the godfather of Lviv’s printing scene, Ivan Fedorov, on
Lviv’s other most celebrated literary monument is the statue of Ukrainian national bard Ivan Franko which stands opposite the entrance to the university which bares his name. Urban legend has it that this statue was also not originally intended to depict its current subject but was initially planned to be a giant Stalin monument. Built in the early 1950s, the monument is thought to originally have been planned as a tribute to Stalin but the scheme was hastily changed following the denunciation of Stalin’s personality cult in 1958. Another persistent rumour has it that the monument is radioactive, but many students believe that this particular urban myth is populated by teachers in a bid to discourage students from hanging around the monument and missing classes!