The idea of a Soviet Lviv is actually paradox. This city with its eclectic mix of architectural styles and cultures that lived here, was not the prototype for a Communist development. However, the Soviets eventually did develop whole districts and transformed parts of the city into what they wanted to be an ideal Soviet city. With its infrastructure and apartment block housing, you can still learn a lot about the history of the Soviet Union from leaving Lviv’s city center. On our Soviet Lviv Tour we show you the Soviet areas and explain you everything about life in Communist Lvov.
Oppression and communisation in Communist Lviv
When first occupied in 1939 as part of the secret protocol added to the Molotov-Ribbentrop-Pact, Lviv went through a time of intensive persecution. The elite of the city was interned or shot, national movements sent to prison or deported. The struggle against this occupation continued until the 1950s. After this the situation normalised. The Soviet government under Khrushchev started focusing on housing.
Soviet Lviv housing and monuments
Soviet urban planning started to reshape Lviv as a city. Many microrayons were added and new representative buildings were added. On our tour we will show you the most impressive buildings, monuments and projects and explain you both the significance as well as the ideological background of any of the urban development in Lviv. We will give you a broad picture of Soviet society in Lviv and how people lived. And of course you will get to experience some of it with your own mouth, when we take you to a typical Soviet-style canteen to try some typical foods from these times.