One of the most unusual and visited museums in the city of Lviv is Museum-Reserve Lychakiv Cemetery. What caused such a great popularity of this extremely exotic place we will talk.
History of the Lychakiv Necropolis
Before talking about popularity, let's look at the historical component of the museum, which is why one of the reasons for such a large number of visitors is hidden. The official opening date of the Lychakiv cemetery is considered to be 1786. By the way, there are not so many cemeteries around the world that have such a long history, so tourists from all over Europe are going to look at the necropolis. The cemetery itself was considered the burial place of people of the upper class who during their lifetime had a good position in society, therefore everything was done in the cemetery according to the highest standard of quality and beauty. The best architects of Lviv of that time worked on designing the cemetery alleys. The main advantage of the Lychakiv necropolis is the complete preservation of all tombstones, memorials, monuments and crypts.
The reasons for the great popularity of the Lychakiv Cemetery
As you already understood, the main reason for the huge popularity of this museum is its exhibits. The cemetery has an area of about 40 hectares with over 10,000 burials of famous people. Each of the monuments without a twinge of conscience can be called a creation of art. Since different styles of art were popular in different eras, tombstones reflect the entire evolution of sculptural art, from the very moment of foundation. Walking through the museum you can observe such styles as Gothic, Baroque, eclecticism, etc. Arriving at the Lychakiv Cemetery you can visit the graves of Stepan Gzhitsky, Ivan Trush, Markiyan Shashkevich, Vladimir Ivasyuk, Paul Oytelje, Sergey Litvinenko and many others.
In conclusion, it must be said that Lychakiv Cemetery it’s not just called the highly artistic museum of the necropolis sculpture of Europe, because this is a European cemetery and indeed one of the most beautiful.