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Lviv City Hall and How to Get There

Oleksii Fedak

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The Lviv City Hall or the Lviv City Council is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the city's main symbols. The town hall and the square around it are the epicenter of city life and tourist attraction. The modern building represents the style of Viennese classicism.

You can get to the tower through the main entrance (from the side of the tram track). Then follow the signs to the ticket office and climb the stairs leading directly to the observation deck. Fare is 40 UAH. The observation tower is a must-see place. It offers the best view of the city.

But before you get there it is interesting to know following facts:

  • The construction of the first building, probably a wooden town hall, was erected at the time when the Magdeburg Law was introduced in the city (1356).

  • It looked like a medieval building in German cities. The first mention about it was made by burgomaster and chronicler Bartolomey Zymorovych. In the context of the description of the fire of 1381, he notes that the town hall burned down.

  • There were meetings of the magistrate, as well as the premises of the trading hall (on the ground floor) were located in the building .

  • A stone lion with heraldic shield in paws by  Andreas Bemer was installed near the building on a column of 2.5 m in height in 1591. This sculpture was moved near the walls of the High Castle in 1874, where it was located until 2008. It was then transported to the courtyard of the Lviv History Museum. By the way, in the Lviv History Museum you can see a sculpture of a pinger, a pillar of shame, or the "Galician Themis", which at that time was also placed nearby the magistrate.

  • The building survived during the Great Fire of 1527. 90 years later the new tower was erected on the initiative of Martin Campiano.

  • The base of the Town Hall tower collapsed on July 14, in 1826. The trumpeter, his daughter, two soldiers and several workers died. It happened at the same time when the technical committee met and made decision that the urgent repair of the building was unnecessary.

  • The Gothic town hall was rebuilt  in accordance with Renaissance style by the mayor of Lviv M. Campian in 1619. Then two medieval bells appeared on the top of  town hall.

  • The clock mechanism of the tower was replaced by another that was purchased from the disbanded Jesuit Church in 1788.

But, as noted above, the tower and the clock collapsed in the early XIX century. Today it is one of the latest mechanical tower clocks in Europe. Its weight is 2.5 tons, the diameter of the dial is 2.7 meters.

  • The first stone for the new magistrate building was laid in 1827. Reviews of contemporaries about the dubious beauty of the "Austrian" town hall differed sharply.

  • During the events of the "Spring of Nations" revolution in 1848 the tower dome was damaged. After reconstruction and repair it received the final look that you can see today.
  • It was the first time that the flag of Ukraine was raised from the Lviv City Hall by Stepan Pankivskyi, Mykola Pachovsky, Lev Gets and Mykola Konyk on November 1, in 1918.

  • You can hear the trumpet melody every day from the tower. It is a long-standing tradition. That melody not only informed the time but also served as a notification about possible danger.

  • As you climb up the tower, you can notice the mechanism of the tower clock. The earliest information about it dates back to 1404. After a devastating fire in 1571, the mechanism was damaged.

Center of administrative services is also located in the Lviv City Council.

Entrance on the right side of the building.

Work schedule:

Monday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Day off: Sunday

Contacts:

+38 (032) 297-57-95

service_center@lvivcity.gov.ua

 

Tourist Information Center is located on the left side from the main entrance to the Lviv City Hall.

You can get tourist information, tourist maps, buy guides, postage stamps and cards here.

Work schedule:

Daily

9 a.m.-6 p.m. (October-April)

9 a.m.-7 p.m. (May-September)

Phone: +38 (067) 352 46 19

 

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