Lychakiv Cemetery, often called Lychakiv Necropolis, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Europe. Each year its architectural beauty attracts hordes of tourists and it has been compared to famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Since its creation in 1787 Lychakiv Cemetery has been the final resting place of the city’s prominent citizens from all members of Lviv’s diverse Christian population: Austrians, Poles, Armenians, Ukrainians, and Russians. Jewish citizens had their own burial grounds at Yanivs'ke Cemetery.
There are over two thousand tombs with renowned names such as: Zygmunt Gorgolewsky, architect of Lviv’s famed Opera House, famous Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko, Stefan Banach, accomplished mathematician and many others who left their mark on history. The war memorials deserve special attention, including those of Ukrainian liberation fighters, Red Army soldiers and the “Cemetery of Lwów Eagles” (Polish military graves of 1918-1920). Each of the cemetery’s 86 plots is wrapped in legend and mystery. To learn more about Lychakiv Cemetery, see our related feature article.
- Lychakiv Cemetery is spread over an area of 40 hectares and its main entrance is on Mechnykova Street outside Lviv’s center.
- Taxi is the best option for getting to the cemetery; this will take you about 20 minutes and cost about 20-25 UAH (2 to 2.5 EURO).
- You can reach the cemetery by foot in 30 minutes from Old Town (Rynok Square): go up Lychakivs’ka Street and follow the small brown signs.
- By public transport take the No.7 tram at Mytna Square near the Pinzel Museum and get off at the fourth stop, on Mechnykova Street.
Keep in Mind
Make sure that you bring snacks and drinks since there are no concession stands or cafes on-site. For a sit down meal, the Jerusalem Cafe is not far away.
|Lychakiv Cemetery (Личаківський Цвинтар)|
|Visiting Hours:||9 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Admission Price:||1 to 2 Euro (Cash only)|
|Groups Tours:||Available in English (about 5 Euro)|
|Visitor Info:||Group tour or Guide Recommended|
|Time to Visit:||2 to 3 hours|
|Address:||33 Mechnykova St., Lviv, Ukraine, 79000 (Main Entrance)|
|Tel.:||+38 (032) 276 7987, +38 (0322) 75 54 15|