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Healthy Autumn in Lviv Wilderness
People have been visiting this small resort town, which is nestled some 90km from Lviv in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, for hundreds of years to treat everything from heart and liver complaints to headaches. They have been attracted by more than just sensational mineral water – the area abounds in picturesque lakes and untouched forest backed by gentle mountain slopes, with wild deer often the only thing for company. This part of the world has changed hands more than perhaps any other region on the planet and it is not hard to imagine what drove men to sacrifice everything when you spend time here enjoying the beauty of the environment and the richness of the earth itself.
This ancient salt-making tradition has been remembered in the place names you will encounter when travelling around the local neighbourhood. Between Morshyn and Lisovychi village you will still find the small village of Banya Lisovetska, while in nearby Kosiv district of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast you will come across the village of Banya Bereziv.
The first written mention about Morshyn village dated back to 2 January 1482, but in the course of the next four hundred years the resort was not distinguished by any guests or events of particular importance. According to local ethnographers, in the middle of the 16th century the owners of the village tried to establish a new salt mine here but found that the areas they tried produced a particularly bitter taste and so eventually stopped trying. The authors of the guidebook “Morshyn” Ivan Varyvoda and Stepan Cherkes note: it is exactly this bitterness which represents the unique medical value of Morshyn minerals.”
In just five years Stiller managed to develop an entire laboratory charged with investigating the properties of the local waters and mineral wealth. His untimely death led to the foundation of the Society of Galician Doctors. After the First World War, the Society leased the resort to Polish Resorts, a company specialising in health tourism during the brief boom of the 1920s. This inter-war period was also a high point in the resort’s fortunes as it became famed in the Polish Republic as a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the world and get back to nature. The period of Polish rule also witnessed the largest building boom in the resort, with villas and guest houses appearing with regularity and new scientific and medical institutions arriving every year in impressive new premises. The architecturally distinctive pump room which today serves as the symbol of the resort also dates back to this inter-war period. It is interesting to note that the Polish Almanac of Health Resorts, which was published in 1934, actually begins its narrative of Polish resorts with an article entitled: “Morshyn and its Curative Qualities.”
a resort complex with all possible conveniences and state-of-the-art equipment from the finest manufacturers in the world. As soon as construction finished, the Red Army invaded Western Ukraine as their side of the Nazi-Soviet patch and took control of both the resort and the newly completed palace structure, which they quickly nationalized. At first the palace was given to the state itself, then to the empire’s trade unions, and then not so long ago when the Soviet Union collapsed many interested parties found different ways to nationalize and later privatize this and other local assets. Today the Marble Palace remains the most prestigious and expensive of Morshyn’s health resorts and although the facilities are no longer as cutting edge as those envisaged by the vision of Polish 1930s utopia it remains a splendid place to unwind and feel the mood of the ages.
Thanks in part to its slightly out-of-the-way location the resort developed a reputation as a down to earth location quite unlike the stuffy atmosphere and strict code of conduct adhered to by guests of the more celebrated spa resorts of the Black Sea ring. Morshyn was a European retreat where workers and their bosses could relax together and enjoy the simple pleasures of cleansing mineral water and forest simplicity. Soviet planners sought to play on this European theme by modeling their building projects on standard alpine architecture from Western and Central Europe. However, these structures have not dated well are no longer lend the resort the kind of Euro ambience that their authors had intended.
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