Lviv History

“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“

The Old Tramway

Issue 60, September 2013.
It is difficult to imagine the city of Lviv without its charming trams. One of the city’s great symbols, its 130-year history is intertwined with the city. From its humble beginnings with its Austro-Hungarian horse-drawn carriages to the modernization of its electric cars during the Polish Republic, from withstanding the armed foreign invasions during the Second World War to its current, modern European low-floor carriages, Lviv trams have long inspired Leopolitan lovers and artists. Immortalized in song by Lviv’s own “Pikkardiyska Tertsiya”, let’s take a look at how this Lviv institution came to be.

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.

Happy birthday independent Ukraine!

Issue 26, July 2010.
Thanks to the country’s new geopolitical trajectory and the current administration’s revivalist approach to bilateral ties with the Kremlin, Ukraine’s Independence Day celebrations this August will likely carry added political potency and symbolism. But while parades and pomposity are likely to dominate proceedings in the capital city Kyiv, Leopolitans will be treated to a more cultured holiday programme which reflects Lviv’s status as modern Ukraine’s spiritual capital. Ukraine’s independence holiday celebrates the declaration which the country’s Soviet-era legislature issued on August 24, 1991 following the failure of a KGB coup in Moscow. By the summer of 1991 the Soviet empire was in total disarray, with Mikhail Gorbachev’s attempts to reform the USSR from within having resulted in a collapse of central authority and unleashed a Pandora’s Box of pent-up grievances against the totalitarian regime. Eastern Europe had been lost in the previous two years, and instability was seeping into the heart of empire. In this environment of imperial disintegration Ukraine’s declaration of independence was actually just one of many and as a result it came to be seen by some as merely a fait accompli rather than the final stage in a glorious struggle for national sovereignty.