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There is nothing more obligatory, of what to do in Lviv than climb to the observation deck of the town hall and see the city from a height. After all, as someone said of the great (joke): "If you do not see the roofs of Lviv - Lviv you have not seen."
Especially because to do so is not difficult. Is the Town Hall in the Market Square, in the heart of the old city. Now the building is the Lviv city council and the city administration, and above them rises the 65-meter clock tower and viewing platform.
The first town hall in Lviv appeared in 1357. It was made of wood and then burned. After the fire, Lviv authorities have started reconstruction of the building, this time built of brick, and in 1619 built a tower that looms over the town hall.
Construction of a modern tower was completed in 1835. Brick, four-story building was designed in the style of Viennese classicism. At the top of the tower a clock, made in the factory of William calm, near Vienna.
In 1848, during the revolutionary events in Lviv, Town Hall was badly damaged, and the newly installed tower - collapsed. Then, in 1851, the building was renovated, and the tower installed a new clock.
Since 1939 the building houses the Lviv city council. By the way, the entrance to the city administration free, but for the rise of the tower is necessary to pay a nominal fee - 10 hryvnia (less than a dollar).
On one of the floors of the busts of historical figures.
Daniel of Galicia - the founder of the city.
The Metropolitan Andrey (Sheptytsky) - Archbishop of Lviv, Metropolitan Galitsky, the primate of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
The tower is hollow, but was attached on the sides of a narrow spiral staircase.
Nervous not to look down!
The wooden steps creaked his guard.
Almost at the top, set the old clock mechanism, there is still time, accurately weighed Lviv.
The view from the windows of the tower.
Even if the exit stairs to the observation deck goes into a spiral and significantly narrowed.
And then, finally, an observation deck with a photo card of the city attractions.
On the Ground tower does not seem too high, but went upstairs, the whole city is in full view, and the clouds fly very close over your head.
The roofs of Lviv! In my little contest, many compared this kind of Lviv with major European cities. Indeed, the old part of the city is very similar to the typical old centers: Prague, Munich, Budapest, etc...
On the left, with a large circular dome - Dominican cathedral and monastery Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. Right - the ensemble of the Assumption Church.
By the way, the height of the spire of the Church of the Assumption is the same as that of the town hall tower - 65 meters.
In my opinion the Dominican cathedral - one of the most imposing cathedrals in Lviv. As a child, I went on it took place in an organ concert, which made a lasting impression on me, and so far, visiting Lviv sure I come here it is.
TV tower on a hill once the medieval castle was located. Now from it were only some fragments of the stone walls, but the name of this place still - "High Castle", and is also one of the most interesting parts of the city.
The white building with dark domes - Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord (former Trinitarian church).
Armenian Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a bell tower.
Attic popular in cafes Lviv "Gasova Lampe".
The density and diversity of roof shakes. A paradise for chimney sweeps and Carlson.
A little more to the left dome of the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater Krushelnytska.
The first presentation it was given October 4, 1900.
On the lookout held a photo exhibition "We Lviv - Lviv Portrait". On the teeth of the tower is a portrait of ordinary residents of the city.
With the help of the QR-code can be read in more detail with the history of each of them.
on the main street of the city view - Liberty Avenue. The building with the orange roof - Jesuit Church of Saints Peter and Paul.
In the church you can see the monument to Taras Shevchenko.
Majestic Latin Cathedral (Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. June 25, 2001 in the temple visited by Pope John Paul II.
A column of Adam Mickiewicz, located on the square, also named in honor of the poet.
On the horizon you can see the Cathedral of St. George - the main Greek Catholic Cathedral in Lviv, the main shrine of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
Left - Bernardine Church and Monastery. Now the monastery building located Lviv State Historical Archives, and the current church is still owned by the Greek Catholic Church.
Colorful houses in the Market Square.
The present appearance of the area began to take shape as early as the fourteenth century. On the four sides of the square is surrounded by 44 houses (Kamenica), which differ in style and date of construction (Empire, Renaissance, Baroque). Now in the basement and ground floors of the buildings housed a museum, shops, cafes and all kinds of famous Lviv coffee.
On the square often hosts various concerts, holidays and festivals.
The famous narrow-gauge tram Lviv.
8 depart streets (modern name - 7 streets and 1 area) From corners Market Square: Russian, Serbian, Galician, Cathedral Square, Krakow, Sheva, Drukarska, Stavropigiyskaya.
The courtyard of the Lviv City Council.
The shadow of the tower.
LVIV roofs can be enjoyed not only by the town hall. Here, for example, the view from the attic window of the apartment in which I stayed.
The car on the roof - a common thing for the city, especially since it is a very interesting roof cafe - "Legend of the House."
And from our window - Lviv Town Hall is visible!
And my advice to you if somehow climb the tower Town Hall, remember the clock. Every hour of the huge bells begin deafening call, be ready for it, and then surprise is possible and jump over the low fence.