Hey, you might be hungry for the continuation of my story since my last post about L’viv! Here I am, and we are in L’viv, one of the most impressive Ukrainian city!
When you are in L’viv, you feel like you have arrived in Western Europe. Visitors claim L’viv to be the Prague of Ukraine. The city has beautiful blend neoclassical architecture in rococo, baroque, Renaissance and Gothic.
If you are a fan of opera and ballet, then you should definitely visit Opera House. It is a unique cultural, historical, architectural and social institution. The L’viv Opera House was built in 1900 using forms of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The result is one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe with a luxurious interior, including the Mirror Hall and Parnassus Curtain and a stunning facade with ornate sculpture work. For the curious ones, the Theater stands right at the top of river Poltva, that used to run across the city until some hundred years ago. I watched there several operas and was impressed by actors’ voices and play. You can feel special atmosphere there. Together with actors you travel through centuries and discover new life.
L’viv is a center of youth, as I have already mentioned in my previous part, every fifth habitant of this city is student. Here you can find one of the biggest university the Ivan Franko National University. The Lviv National University named after Ivan Franko is one of the leading higher educational establishments in Ukraine, his statue is situated in front of the building. It is the oldest continuously operating university in Ukraine. It has a beautiful campus nestled just north of the Carpathian Mountains.
L’viv has always been and still remains the detonator of nation-creating and democratic processes in the Ukrainian state. This city became the main stronghold of the Orange Revolution in November-December 2004, when Ukraine was in the focus of attention of the entire world. Seventy percent of L’viv’s people took part in the actions aimed at defending the democracy in L’viv, and every third resident of the city stood his ground in Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv in 2004 and in 2013. Our Second Revolution of Dignity had its roots stretching from L’viv and other Western part cities. Sometimes I think that if we did not have Western Ukraine, we may not have our country at all. Nowadays many men from Western part of Ukraine take part in the war against Russian invaders. The utter horror of war continuously tries to crawl up my throat. Ukraine experiences the most difficult time, mainly, due to the presence of not only external enemies, but also of internal ones. There are still serious economical problems and corruption, bribery and shadow economy. Faces are changed, but system not, and there is not so much hope. I love my country, so God please forgive me, but I feel that Ukraine gets closer to Africa in her development. Everything what I told you is utterly sad and hopeless, however, I still believe in our people, they are ones of the bravest in the whole world. You will never find such patriotic young people who gave their lives for the independence of their country. You have no idea of what Ukrainian self-sacrifice is and you will never find out because you were born in the other country… SLAVA L’VIV! SLAVA UKRAINI! GEROYAM SLAVA!