Lviv History

Wooden Churches

Issue 71, September 2014.
Find out more about 16 wooden churches added to UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites -eight in Poland and eight in Ukraine, of which Lviv oblast have four, while Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia oblasts have two each.

Lviv’s Footballing Legacy

Issue 70, July 2014.
While football fans around the world are glued to their TV sets to watch the world’s biggest football spectacle in Brazil, Lviv Today takes the opportunity to look at our own footballing heritage. While Ukraine has existed as an independent state since only 1992, our football history goes much further back. The history of football in Lviv dates back to the late 19th century with the rising popularity of the sport and the first decades of football in Lviv are associated with the history of football in Austria and Poland.

“Thermal Power Station #1” – Possible Tourist Attraction?

Issue 63, December 2013.
There exists a wonderful opportunity to study the history of the world’s technological equipment right here in Lviv as one can find in the houses of city centre electrical equipment produced by “Siemens” during the times of Austria’s Emperor Franz Joseph I. Indeed, one may also find working thermoelectric networks from Japan, the USA, and Germany which predate the world wars.

Baczewski Family: Alcohol Magnates, Art Patrons, and Socialists

Issue 62, November 2013.
Enjoy our monthly culinary tales of Stefko Rondel telling about “Baczewski Family: alcohol magnates, art patrons and socialists“

Renaissance Architectural Masterpieces of Lviv

Issue 55, March 2013.
A medieval chronicler once called Lviv ‘a city at the crossroads of a hundred languages’, which to a large extent was true. Almost from its foundation, many languages could be heard within the walls of Lviv, as traders and travelers came to the city from many parts of Europe and Asia.

Ukrainian Princess of Thailand

Issue 53, January 2013.
The story about a Ukrainian woman from the Volyn region, Kateryna Desnytska is without a doubt an incredible mixture of adventure, romance and thrill, which could easily be turned into bestseller.


Issue 41, December 2011.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Lviv Railway, on November 7, an exquisite imitation of the famous locomotive ‘Yaroslav’ rolled in to the platform from Vienna, just as it had done for the first time in 1861.

Look up to see the real Lviv

Issue 37, July 2011.
Have you ever wondered why most of the people walking the streets of Lviv tend to look down rather than up? Thrilling as the cobblestones and pavements of the city may be, there are plenty of reasons to raise one’s eyes over the heads of passers-by. Up above street level you will fnd a world of architectural artistry and symbolism which ofers a glimpse of centuries gone by and a window into the soul of the ancient city. This world of balconies and masonry is the real Lviv where the city’s identity remains indelibly etched in stone.

Lemberg retro: Batyars back in fashion

Issue 34, April 2011.
First recorded in the early years of the 20th century, the linguistic origins of the West Ukrainian slang term "Batyar" remain a subject of some debate.Some argue that it comes from the Hungarian term ‘betyor’(a vagabond, unemployed lad, ruffian). Others propose the Turkish ‘bekir’ (wifeless), the Persian ‘bekir’,(unemployed), Bulgaria’s ‘bekjor’(bachelor, poor landless peasant),the Czech term ‘bet’ar’(wanderer, ruffian),or the Polish ‘batiar’(juvenile boy, vagabond).

Classic cars and retro chic Return of the Leopolis Grand Prix

Issue 33, March 2011.
The first motor car to appear on the streets of Habsburg Lviv arrived in 1897 – a brand new ‘Benz-Victoria’ which was owned and driven by Kazimierz Odrzywolski, the famed engineer and father of oil exploration in the West Ukrainian region. However, it took more than 30 years before the sport of auto racing reached the city. In 1930 the city hosted its first ever ‘Lviv Triangle’ auto rally, which took its unusual name from the triangular grid of Lviv streets which racing drivers were asked to navigate.