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Lychakiv Cemetery

Designation: Lychakiv Cemetery

Route: Pekarska street 95, Lviv

Duration: 1

Price: 25 EURO


"Every individual is already a world that is born and passes away. The history of the universe lies under each tombstone". Taking into account Heinrich Heine’s assertion and the resting place for 300,000 people, then there were buried 300,000 stories that were sometimes known and unknown to the general public. Not many people go down in history, but while looking at tombstones, one ponders that perhaps this person had such a story of love, friendship, work, adventures or death that is worth telling. If you visit the Lychakiv Necropolis, a cemetery museum, the imagination will have no limits.
A qualified guide can help you while walking around the Lychakiv Cemetery to learn about the people buried here and their stories, as well as deepen your impression of the museum. Please call, write, or order online tour on the Lychakiv Cemetery.

The tour lasts one and a half hours.
Price (1): 200 UAH - Group of 1 to 4 persons.
Price (2): 250 UAH - Group 5 to 10 people.
Price (3): 350 UAH - a group of more than 10 people.
The admission price is not included.

Admission price - 15 UAH.
Admission price reduced (students) - 8 UAH.
Children - 5 UAH.
Photo and video shooting - 10 UAH.

Contact: Museum "Lychakiv Cemetery"
Address: Street 95 Pekarska, Lviv
Opening times: from 9:00 - 18:00 daily
Phone: +38032275 54 15; +38032276 79 85
Fax: +38032276 79 87
E-mail: lviv-lychakiv@ukrain.travel
WEB: http://lviv-lychakiv.ukrain.travel/en/

The main entrance to the “Lychakiv Cemetery” is marked on the map.


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Lychakiv Cemetery

Cemetery Museum—“Lychakiv Cemetery” Park— is one of the most impressive cemeteries in Europe. It was officially opened in 1786 and is older than the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. This cemetery was founded when the authorities forbade burials in the town, in church crypts as well as churchyards. The plague victims buried there were mentioned in the records from the 16th century. The newly-created cemetery was remote from the urban buildings, which allowed for expansion of the cemetery regularly. It was designated for the downtown and Lychakiv district. Later on the cemetery became the most prestigious necropolis in the city. There were interred the prominent people of different nationalities from the city of Lviv, Galicia and Ukraine. Therefore, gravestones have inscriptions in different languages: Armenian, Greek, Dutch, Latin, German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, etc.
In the nineteenth century the cemetery was designed as a park by the University expert who was invited by the cemetery administration. At that time the lanes were paved and trees were planted. When the works were completed, the cemetery looked like a park. That century brought some wrong innovation from the present-day point of view as there was installed a stone crusher for grinding memorial stones and headstones into smaller stones, which were used for building lanes and various construction needs. If the fees for the grave maintenance had not been paid to the cemetery administration within 25 years or the graves were neglected, they were subjected to destruction, and there were offered new burial places instead. During the Soviet rule, there appeared mass graves in the cemetery, and the majority of those tombstones had no artistic value. Only the famous people were buried there in the course of time as well as family members could be interred in their family burial vaults. Eventually, the Lychakiv Cemetery was recognized as a Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve. Today the museum covers an area of approximately 40 hectares, and owing to a large number of artistic tombstones and sculptures this cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in Europe.