Lviv History

A Spider for Christmas?

Issue 85, December 2015.
Fastidious housewives usually shoo spiders and their webs from the corners of the house, or from their hiding places in furniture. But in Ukraine, what says Christmas more than a spider and its spider web? Well, considering that Ukrainian holiday traditions include such memorable and special seasonal symbols as poppy seeds, garlic, stalks of wheat, and even cross-dressing (for special travelling Christmas plays called Vertep) – why not include the “pavuk” (spider).

The Ukrainian Inventor of the X-Ray

Issue 83, October 2015.
When people speak about the origins of the x-ray, one man’s name usually comes to mind – German scientist Wilhelm Roentgen. Roentgen, of course, was the winner of the very first Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the x-ray and has even had a periodic element named after him (Roentgenium – 111). What most are unaware of, however, is the contribution of Ukrainian physicist Ivan Puluj in the foundational discovery. In fact, it could be argued that Puluj himself was the original inventor of the groundbreaking medical technology.

Vytynanky: The Cutting Edge Craft

Issue 72, October 2014.
Vytynanky – the art of cutting paper designs – is just one of the many features of traditional Ukrainian culture. While not as prominent as its artistic cousins embroidery or pysanka-writing (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), it is nonetheless an important part of the genetic memory of the nation and deserves to be promoted as an integral part of traditional Ukrainian culture.

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.