Lviv is the cultural center of the Ukraine. This is the area that has historically housed much of the country’s art, and also a place for scientific study and investigation. The city has a charming, Old Europe feel that charms Ukrainians and foreigners alike.
When you visit Lviv, be sure to go to see the House of Scientists. This extravagant architectural marvel was built over a hundred years, designed by the same Austrian architects who built the Hotel George and the Odessa Opera House. The building features elaborate carved moldings and staircases, high ceilings, silk wallpaper and other architectural details. Light pours in through gorgeous glass skylights.
The House of Scientists has served a number of purposes over the years. A high end casino was here from 1918 to 1936. The building became the House of Scientists in 1948. During that era, it hosted the centers for study of politics, science and social events in Lviv and the Ukraine. The Lviv branch of the Union of Architects took up residence on the ground floor in 1953. The opulent house has also appeared in a number of films, including the Russian version of The Three Musketeers.
In 2008, the building was added to Ukraine’s list of cultural heritage monuments. The gorgeous venue is a favorite place for newlyweds to have their wedding photos taken. Many cultural events and balls are held in the House of Scientists throughout the year. The romantic Ball of Lviv is held each year near Valentine’s Day. The Chocolate Ball is the grand finale of the city’s annual celebration of chocolate. Each spring, couples in gowns and tuxedos dance to classical music at The Flower Ball, widely considered the most elegant event of the year. If you are in town for the Flower Ball, it makes a fantastic date. Tickets are priced reasonably, so everyone gets to feel like royalty for a night.
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