Ukraine - Lviv
A Free Lions City Guide
The city of Lviv, which was founded in 1256, has long been an important centre of commerce in the Ukraine. The city is also one of the country's leading cultural centres. King Jan Kazimierz founded the first high school in the city in 1661 and today the city is home to the Lviv State University. Lviv also has many theatres and museums, and also happens to be the seat of the Roman Catholic Ukrainian Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox archbishops. Two of the city's churches date back as early as the 14th century.
If you visit Lviv, it's worth considering visiting the historical city centre. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is fascinating to see - the Ploscha Rynok Market Square with its Black House, a glut of cathedrals including The Armenian Cathedral, the Greek Cathedral, the Latin Cathedral the Dominican Abbey and the Boim Chapel. Or you could walk to the peak of Vysoky Zamok hill for panoramic views of the historical centre.
For entertainment, the Philharmonic orchestra or the Lviv Opera and Ballet theatre are real cultural 'must do' activities. On a more morbid note, the Lychakivskiy Cemetery is one of the biggest and more scenic in the region.
The city logo is the image of five colourful towers: the Armenian cathedral, the tower of Kornyakta, theTown Hall, the Latin cathedral Tower, and the Bernardino monastery Bell, with the slogan "Lviv: open to the world" underneath.
STATIONARY FANS' EMBASSY
As part of the UEFA-backed "RESPECT Fan Culture" programme, Football Supporters Europe are providing a fans' embassy in Gdansk to welcome fans of all nations who come to the city. Like the FSF's own fans' embassy service, this will operate on a "by fans, for fans" basis, and will be staffed by volunteers drawn from the local fan scene. There will also be an English-language service provision.
The fans' embassy will provide all the usual sort of information that a tourist office might offer, such as available accommodation, local transport timetables and routes, sightseeing opportunities, etc.
Crucially, though, it will also provide fan-specific information and advice such as ticket availability, viewing facilities, stadium regulations and matchday arrangements.
For more information, visit the FSE's 2012 Fanguide website.