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Old August 1st, 2012, 05:10 PM   #41
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 02:38 AM   #43
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Hi, wow, this is a great little thread with some very interesting pictures. Can you tell us where some of these places are?

For example, on the prior page you have pics of lots of big, colorful apartment buildings. WHere are those?

And the pictures above of the train station with the cargo train cars next to it - where is that?

Thanks again for sharing.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 04:26 PM   #44
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Wonderfully varied photos of Slovakia, Malyan.

Looking forward to seeing what you have shot of Lviv!
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 07:08 PM   #45
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Hi, wow, this is a great little thread with some very interesting pictures.
Thank you, Iīm glad you liked them!

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For example, on the prior page you have pics of lots of big, colorful apartment buildings. WHere are those?

And the pictures above of the train station with the cargo train cars next to it - where is that?
As I woke up as the train had already passed most of the distance and as I am not so good in reading the cyrillic alphabet, I donīt know the exact location of the places, too, but all of them must be somewhere in the area I marked with red dots on this map:

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Lviv, Ukraine (Part I)

Certainly there are not many cities which have had such a dramatic history in the last centuries than Lviv or Lwow or Lemberg. Foundes in the 13th century, it was one of the largest and most important cities of the kingdom of Poland from 14th-18th centuries, famous especially for its large Jewish community which played a very important role for the intellectual and cultural life and the trade of the region. As Poland was destroyed and occupied in late 18th century by Russia, Austria and Prussia, Lviv came to Austria and remained Austriaīs most eastern metropolis, now with the German name Lemberg. As the Austro-Hungarian empire collapsed in 1918, Lviv came back to the new Polish state, under the Polish name Lwow - but not for a long time: Already in 1939, Russia and Germany invaded and occupied Poland again. Lwow came to the Soviet Union, now with the Russian name Lviv. But less than 2 years later, Nazi Germany ended the alliance with the Soviet Union and invaded the country, conquering Lviv already a few days after the invasion. Lviv was renamed to Lemberg, and German SS troops murdered almost the whole Jewish population of the city. As the red Army reconquered Lviv at the end of WWII, it was not given back to Poland but remained Soviet. The Polish population was expulsed and replaced by Soviet settlers. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Lviv became the most Western metropolis of Ukraine and is now its 7th largest city with a population of 734,000.

First a walk through Lvivīs surprisingly large and well preserved historistic 19th century neighbourhoods from the Austrian era, with some 1950s stalinist buildings in between:























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Entering the old town with its magnificent gothich, baroque and classicist architecture:

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The Armenian cathedral, mid 14th century, with the famous paintings by Jan Henryk Rosen added in the 1920s:











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The historistic 19th century town hall at Lvivīs main square Rynek:









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The church of assumption, one of Lvivīs many baroque churches, built around 1600:













The magnificent Dominicansī church, 18th century:









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Lviv, Ukraine (Part II)









The latin cathedral, a 14th century gothic building with later modifications:





The Jesuitesī church, a masterpiece of early baroque:











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The late baroque cathedral St. George, mid 18th century:

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tell us more about your feeling while you travelled SK - UA
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Looking good.
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It was a positive surprise both in Slovakia and Ukraine. Compared to earlier visits in Slovakia, the country has really experienced a remarkable economic development and seems to reach, at least in the larger cities, more and more a Western level. I was also impressed by Slovakiaīs wonderful mountain landscapes and regretted that I didnīt have enough time to make a stop of a few days in the rural parts of central Slovakia.

As I only visited a little corner Ukraine, I canīt really give an opinion about my impression of such a large and diverse country in general. From what I saw in the little part I travelled, it surely has some of the most beautiful landscapes of Eastern Europe, and Lviv itself surely much more beautiful and interesting than people in Western Europe usually expect Ukrainian cities to look like. On the other hand, you can see everywhere outside the tourist areas that there is a lot of bitter poverty and that Ukraine has had terrible economic problems since the downfall of the Soviet Union from which it doesnīt seem to have recovered until today (Though I know that the economic situation in the Eastern half of Ukraine is significantly better than in its Western areas). Also, it was somehow irritating that everywhere both in Lviv and in the villages and cities I passed by train there was such a massive presence of police and military forces that you could suggest having entered a country at war. I donīt know whether this may have been due to the European soccer championship which started a few days later, but it was a bit frightening and left the impression of a society in disorder.
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