Lviv was erected on a river. About 110 years ago Lviv was situated on the banks of the river Poltva. In old times it served as a natural barrier for enemies attacking the city. Then in the times of Austrian power river was put in underground manifold and became invisible for strangers, though river has left on photos and in memory of the people. Now it is a part of city sewerage system.

Polish world-famous writer Stanislaw Lem spent his childhood in Lviv. He studied at second gymnasium (modern school #8) which is situated near Gunpowder Tower on Pidvalna Street. He wrote a book "High Castle" full of memories and his impressions of the city.

Before the Second World War on the territory of the city was one the biggest Jewish ghetto in Europe. In 1941 Janivskyj concentration camp was opened, and almost all Jewish people which didn`t manage to hide or run away died there.

First gas lamp was invented by Ignatius Lukasevich and Jan Zeh in Lviv in 1855 on Copernic Street. Few years later their invention gave the light to the streets of European cities. So this business gave good money and a possibility to live a happy life. But the story had a tragic end: once during the transportation of gas, big fire began and caused death of Zeh`s family: wife and sister.

Nobody knows the real age of Lviv. As the city archive was burned, historians only know the date of first written memory, found in Halych-Volyn chronicle. So year 1256 was taken as foundation date. While archeologist research show that people lived on this territory beginning from 11 century.

Triumphal Arch is not only in Paris. Lviv's triumphal arch was built in honor of Franz Joseph's arrival for the opening ceremony of Universal Exhibition in 1894. Unfortunately it hasn't survived till our days.

Lviv monk sold his soul to a devil. This unusual event happened in Lviv in 1641. He was put in a prison for stealing a signet and falsification the documents of the order. So after he had been sentenced to death, he wrote an agreement with devil by his blood on the wall of prison. He asked for twenty years of life and promised to give his body and soul instead. But devil didn`t save him and Virozemskiy was burned. As it was stated in the court archive this was "most shameful act of man in the history of the city."