Lviv, Old Lviv

Old Lviv
Lviv Starodavniy
Next edition dates to be announced (event last held in 2012)
Museum of National Architecture and Mode of Life "Shevchenkivsky Gai"

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Lviv is located on the edge of the Roztochia Upland, approximately 70 km from the Polish border and 160 km from the eastern Carpathian Mountains, in Western Ukraine. The city boasts a quite rich history and an outstanding heritage, and is in fact regarded as one of the main cultural centres of the country. Historically it was also a major Polish and Jewish cultural center. As a medieval city in Red Ruthenia, Lviv was founded on the existent settlement most probably in 1247 AD. Named in honor of Leo I of Galicia (c.1228-c.1301 AD) the eldest son of Daniel (1201-1264 AD), King of Ruthenia, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia from 1272 to 1349, when it was conquered by Casimir III the Great (1310-1370 AD), King of Poland from 1333 to 1370. In 1772 the city became the capital of the Habsburg Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria. In 1918, for a short time, it was the capital of the West Ukrainian People's Republic. The historical heart of the city, with its old buildings and cobblestone streets, survived Soviet and German occupations during WW2 largely unscathed and is today inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Event description and programme

The Festival "Old Lviv", dedicated to the medieval history of the city, is held in a beautiful cultural and historical place, the museum of national architecture and lifestyle "Shevchenko’s Grove". The open-air museum, located on a territory of about 60 hectares, is divided into six ethnographic zones and includes about 120 monuments of folk architecture of the western regions of Ukraine combined into 54 farms, and 6 churches.

The guests of the festival have an opportunity to dive into the romantic atmosphere of the Middle Ages, the era of courageous knights and beautiful ladies. Representatives of knight clubs from different cities of Ukraine and from abroad come to Lviv to recreate life and culture of people in the 13-15th centuries. The main events of the Festival are knights’ tournaments, mass battles and old knightly fun. Near each of the wooden little houses of the "Shevchenko’s Grove" the visitors can enjoy a medieval entertainment, including craftsmen’s workshops, archery and medieval dances. The concerts of medieval groups also create the fantastic spirit of the Middle Ages.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Museum of National Architecture and Mode of Life "Shevchenkivsky Gai"
Address: Chernecha Gora str., 1, Lviv, Ukraine
Tel.: +38 (032) 2997328

Lviv Travel Tourist Information Centre in the Old Town
Address: Lviv City Hall 1, Rynok Sq, Lviv, Ukraine, 79006
(entry from the Neptune Fountain, on the left side of the main entrance to the City Hall)
Tel./fax: +38(032) 2546079, +38 (067) 673 91 94

Image: Visit Lviv
Text: Tourism in Ukraine, Wikipedia, Visit Lviv, Discover Ukraine.

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