Lychakiv Cemetery Tour

Lychakiv Cemetery Tour

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      Lviv, Ukraine
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 93
      • Outdoor delight:  Lychakiv features beautifully decorated chapels and shrines, and over 500 sculptures and reliefs.
      • A walk in the park: To further enhance the cemetery's beauty and tranquility, famed landscape artist Karol Bauer was hired in 1856 to add alleyways and paths that ; made it ideal for reflective walks.
      • Military memorials: Several areas are dedicated to those who fought and died for Lviv. The most moving honors the Lviv Eaglets, Polish child soldiers who defended the city during the Polish-Ukrainian War.

      Meeting point

      Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.

      Helpful hints

      Dress in layers as the weather can be changeable. Leave the high heels behind and choose to wear your flat shoes. Your feet will appreciate it. Bring some local currency for any souvenir purchases. Your guide can make some recommendations.

      Getting around

      Travelers must walk approximately 2.5 miles over cobblestones and other varying terrain. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural

      Transportation used

      Vehicle sizes vary, depending on the size of the group.

      Languages

      English, Russian

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-BGR-LVIV-EN-1003

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.

      Visiting a cemetery may not sound like the most lively form of sightseeing, but when the cemetery is Lychakiv, it is more than a final resting place. It's kind of an outdoor art and history museum, where the moving sculptures and memorials accumulated over centuries keep the heritage of Lviv vibrant and alive.

      The cemetery was created when fear of plague and disease from corpses buried within the city limits inspired the decision to move from the town center. At first, only the well-to-do that could reserve space there. (The poor were burned.) Master sculptors were commissioned to dress up the resting places of the wealthy, and new tombs were created honoring artists, writers, spiritual leaders, and politicians.

      Beyond the two Gothic Revival entrance gates built between 1875 and 1901 in the oldest part of the cemetery, you'll find monuments designed in Neo-Classicist, Empire, Eclectic, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles. One bronze statue of a grieving woman was made to look as if it's crying when it rains; another statue memorably depicts the Angel of Death.

      The tomb of poet and social activist Ivan Franko, a giant of Ukrainian literature and politics, is embellished with a worker wielding a pick; the tomb of beloved writer Maria Konopnicka features a lifelike sculpture, and can always be found bedecked in flowers.

      Other works include a banker's with a handle, designed to look likeon a bank vault, and a statue of a beautiful angel looking sadly up to heaven. Perhaps most striking of all is the tomb of socialite Jozefa Markowska, adorned with a full-size sculpture of a sleeping woman.

      Lychakiv Cemetery truly is an outdoor museum – one that can tell you as much about the people and culture of Lviv as the indoor kind.  A peaceful, tree-lined park is proof that cemeteries are for the living.

      The price of freedom

      Lychakiv has several war memorials honoring Ukrainian, Polish, and Soviet soldiers.  There's a section that pays tribute to American and French volunteers who fought with the Poles in the Polish-Ukrainian War (1918-19), and the Polish-Soviet War (1919-21). The semicircular colonnade has an inscription about these fighters. The translation is, "They died so we could live free."

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Lviv, Ukraine
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Bring snack
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear Hat

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