Lviv and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
August 29, 2010 4:38 AM   Subscribe

Lviv Interactive, a project of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, is mapping the history, architecture, and human landscape of the City of Lions - including locations no longer there.

The first link above leads to the main map, while links in the first paragraph below are to particular locations found on the map.

Take a look at the architecture of the Beth Hamdirash, a version of which had stood for over 200 years in the center of a Jewish neighborhood before being destroyed in 1943. Visit the home of Austrian Archduke Karl Ludwig, who lived in the city for two years in the 1850s. Perhaps you'd like to know what the monument to the Stalin Constitution that used to stand on Svobody prospekt looked like, or hear some interviews, in their original language, with the residents of Bohomoltsia Street.

Other highlights of this great, multilingual (Ukrainian, English, Polish, German, and Russian) site are a chronicle the life of the city and the region in images, a fabulous video archive (featuring, for example, newsreel footage of a Lviv candy factory from 1949,), and a collection of historical maps, to say nothing of the multilingual library on the region and other themes connected to the Center's studies and work (and its searchable catalog).

Visiting soon? Check out one of their previous exhibitions or symposiums for a deeper look at this incredible city.
posted by mdonley (10 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
This is amazing! Thank you for posting.
posted by orrnyereg at 5:59 AM on August 29, 2010

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posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:33 AM on August 29, 2010

posted by sneebler at 6:53 AM on August 29, 2010

Lwów is my favourite city in Ukrainian occupied Poland. I spent a month there, living right across from the Opera house on Svobody Blvd.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:03 AM on August 29, 2010

This is fantastic. The maps page alone could keep me mesmerized for hours. I want there to be sites like this for every city on earth!
posted by languagehat at 7:15 AM on August 29, 2010

Mt father's family comes from Lwów.
posted by Obscure Reference at 7:18 AM on August 29, 2010

stanislaw lem was also from there :P highcastle, his autobiography, is a great story of his time as a child growing up in pre-war lviv!
posted by kliuless at 9:09 AM on August 29, 2010

Let me just say, it's a pleasant place to watch the ladies.
posted by newdaddy at 12:47 PM on August 29, 2010

Mulțumesc! Danke! Thank you! This is so up my alley, so to speak.
posted by vkxmai at 6:30 PM on August 29, 2010

Self-linky (since I volunteered to help with their website): here are a number of formerly Jewish-owned residences in L'viv that were photographed for the non-profit genealogy group Gesher Galicia in 2009, as part of The Lviv House & Street Photography Project.
posted by Asparagirl at 7:44 PM on August 29, 2010

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