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“One of the greatest cemeteries in the world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lychakiv Cemetery

Lychakiv Cemetery
95 Pekars'ka Street, Lviv 7900, Ukraine
32 275-54-15
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Ranked #10 of 78 things to do in Lviv
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“One of the greatest cemeteries in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a famous, historic cemetery where all the famous people from the city are buried such as Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Ivan Franko, Zygmunt Gorgolewski and many others. Created in 1787, it is sometimes quite fittingly referred to as the "Pere La Chaise" cemetery of Lviv. Originally, it was just an ordinary cemetery however with the expansion of the "complex" in the 1850s, things quickly changed. To go there, you can either take the 47A Bus or the number 7 tram from the city centre and to get in, it costs UAH 5.00 for a ticket. There are various veteran sections which include those who fought in World War I, World War II and even to the victims of the NKVD (Stalin's secret police; KGB's predecessor). The statue of the Archangel Michael in the Lychakiv Cemetery holds dear the nationalism of the region as well as an obscure joke: the archangel's bottom is facing towards the final resting places of the Polish soldiers. Ukrainians from Lviv say that the archangel is deliberately doing this just to insult the Poles! Nevertheless, this is a landmark in Lviv that cannot be missed. Schools in Lviv even organise special excursions to the cemetery for their students and as a visitor, if you say you haven't been here, it will come as a bit of an insult to the locals of the city. Ivan Franko's grave is easy to spot due to the abundance of blue and yellow flowers and as for Ivasiuk, his final resting place contains a statue of him.

Visited December 2012
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Great place to visit, but without good tour guide you will be lost”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great place to visit - you will be walking past pieces of history of old Austro-Hungarian empire, Polish, Ukrainian history. Ancient monuments are beautiful.

Visited March 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Huge - a must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Short tramride from the centre by tram 7 you can find a huge cemetery with loads of old and impressive graves. It's quite easily to get lost, but it's worth it, since you will see beautiful graves around every corner. There is some information available, but I couldn't find much in English so I couldn't really understand a lot, besides the part of war-graves, so just let your eyes do the work. I had the privilege to be there with a thick layer of fresh snow and almost no visitors, which made it even more impressive. 10 UAH admission and 5 UAH for pictures.

Visited March 2013
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“Ancient place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We spent almost 3 hours their exploring old part of the cemetery. It feels like walking in the park with ancient statues.

Visited August 2012
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“A piece of history in the heart of Lviv”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is a major cemetery in Lviv, rich in history and architecture. We were lucky to have a professional guide, and the visit was a nice experience overall.

Visited January 2013
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