Event info:

The cost – from 50 UAH.
Duration – 3  hours.
Start – 10:00 AM and 02:00 PM

Upcoming dates:

Every day individually.

Information about the route:
1. Low Castle
2. Krakovskaya brama
3. Gunpowder Tower
4. Royal Arsenal
5. Hlyniany Gate
6. Bernardine Monastery
7. City Arsenal
8. High Castle
Please note!

All of our tours may be organized individually, in English, German, Polish and other languages. We offer the service of guides-interpreters or interpreters with knowledge of the required language, who will interpret the information given by a Ukrainian guide. If you are willing to join a Ukrainian tourist group, but don’t understand Ukrainian, we may provide you with a personal interpreter or a written description of the tour, according to your wishes.

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Short walking tour of the centre of Lviv

Lviv arose as a citadel for protection of travellers on the crossroads of two great trade routes – from North to South and from East to West. And as in other mediaeval cities, fortifications played a major role in city’s life: they could hold defence against catapults, and later against firearms and the other military peril.

Fortifications included the Low Castle, the High Castle, city walls, gates and so-called wicket gates, the Royal Arsenal, the third line of defence, the Gunpowder Tower, the Hlyniany Gate, the Bernardine Monastery and the City Arsenal. During this tour we will visit the sites of their location, former and still existing.

Key buildings of Lviv defence during that time were the Low Castle (situated inside the city walls) and the High Castle (situated on the Castle Hill). Only the remnants of the outer wall surrounding the High Castle still exist; they are situated in front of the mound on place of which the castle was located. High Castle Park – the Park-Monument of Garden and Park Art of Regional Importance - is now situated on the hill.  Former location of the Low Castle is now occupied by the artistic market, the National Museum of Andrey Sheptytsky and the National Theatre of Mariya Zankovetska. 

The Royal Arsenal is named so due to King Władysław IV Vasa. It was used to store armour in the city, and also housed different workshops; weapons and bells were cast here. Today it houses administration of the State Archive of Lviv Region, and part of the funds of the Central Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv is also kept here.

The City Arsenal is a brilliant example of a renaissance fortification building; it stays a very interesting historical attraction. From the time of its building it housed a workshop for casting cannons, a torture chamber, and a home for the city’s executioner. In the 18th century Ukrainian rebels – the Haydamaky – were kept in its basements. Now the Museum of Armour “Arsenal”, a department of Lviv Historical Museum, is located here.

The Gunpowder Tower is one of the most interesting objects. Built with the stones from the old City Arsenal, it formed a part of the third line of defence. Once it was the strongest tower of the outer defence system. In times when there was no military peril it was used as a granary. Today Lviv Regional Organization of the National Union of Architects is located in the building.

Despite the hard times of wars, rebuilding and other factors amazing monuments of defence architecture in Lviv survived till our own times. They give us an opportunity to imagine what the fortifications of the cities of the 15th-18th centuries looked like, and to take a glimpse of the peculiarities of local military engineering. The tour will be interesting not only for those who want to know more about military history or defence architecture; there are numerous romantic and curious stories connected with these buildings. So we invite you to go on our tour!

Price includes:

Services guide.

Additional charges:
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