Exploring Lviv

Global cultural heritage - the elegant neo-Gothic church of Saints Olha and Elizabeth

Issue 50, October 2012.
The elegant neo-Gothic Church of St. Elizabeth that pierces the sky with its sharp spires is the first to welcome guests of the city who arrive at the train station. It is one of Lviv’s most admirable and fascinating monuments and is truly considered one of the city’s most spectacular landmarks for over a century.

Global Cultural heritage -The Museum of Johann George Pinzel

Issue 49, September 2012.
This small museum won’t take more than half an hour of your time, unless you end up being carried away by the captivating exhibitions. It is definitely worth visiting when you’re in Lviv due to several reasons! Firstly, the museum’s unique location –it is located within an architectural monument - the former Church of Poor Clares, designed by Paolo the Roman, which was built in 1605-1607. The frescoes of the cathedral were created in 1670.

Summer Fun: Rides at the Children's Railway

Issue 48, July 2012.
Very many people, having heard the words "Children's Railway", immediately imagine a toy-railway with tiny locos and wagons, which they used to play with together with the daddy or elder brother. The railway which had been assembled on the floor in the room and on which the train had endlessly been travelling in a circle till the strict mum sent you to bed. Pleasant memories…


Issue 43, February 2012.
Okay men: March 8th, International Women's Day is steadfastly approaching and it is a great occasion to let all of your beloved women know that you celebrate and acknowledge their importance in your lives.

Lviv – A City of Irresistible Charm

Issue 42, January 2012.
Leopolitans love their city, and are very proud and knowledgeable about its history and its place in modern Ukraine. However, many times I am asked the same question: “Why would you want to come and live in Lviv?”.
Most Memorable Event - Arena Lviv Opening Ceremony

Lviv Lion Awards 2011

Issue 41, December 2011.
As another action-packed year in Ukraine’s cultural capital draws to a close, we present you with our annual awards for the people, places and events which have helped make the past twelve months in Lviv memorable. Wishing all Leopolitans a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Lviv – the Coffee Mecca of Ukraine

Issue 38, September 2011.
Coffee is massive in Lviv. Right now there are nearly 700 coffee houses. In Lviv , they are known as ‘kavyarnya’ or "knajpa’ (their name from Austro-Hungarian times) ‘kawa’, a direct translation or even the tender ‘kawusya’. Talk of instant coffee is prohibited.

Trumpets Sound Out

Issue 37, July 2011.
In May, Lviv marked its 755th Anniversary by reviving the ancient trumpets of Rynok Square. The renowned composer, Yuri Lanuk has created a series of versions of the Lviv ‘City Melody’, the unofficial anthem of the Lion’s City, to cater for many different civic occasions. A jazz version was particularly well received by the audience at Alfa Jazz Festival!

Coat of arms of Lviv

Issue 36, June 2011.
The Coat of arms of the city of Lviv fea¬tures a golden lion beneath a city gate in a blue field. The current version of the symbol was adopted by the city council in 1990. According to principles of the blazoning it features a lion passant Or, beneath a castle gate Or, in azure field.

Olympic Ambition

Issue 31, January 2011.
Flush with the relative success of their Euro 2012 preparations and no doubt goaded by the bragging of neighbouring Russia with its 2018 World Cup and 2014 Winter Olympics, Ukraine’s officials have recently begun talking up the chances of an Olympic Games of their own. The good news for Leopolitans is that Lviv is the designated venue for this ambitious Ukrainian bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Such lofty ambitions may seem a touch farfetched to many readers familiar with everyday life in the West Ukrainian capital, but a Leopolitan Olympics is not actually as much of a stretch as it might appear at first glance. After all, the massive infrastructure works currently underway ahead of Euro 2012 will bring the city’s transport connections more or less up to scratch, providing Lviv’s bid with everything it needs in terms of communications to host a Winter Olympic Games.