Urban Image Database

The Urban Image Database brings together visual representations on printed images (photographs, postcards, lithographs, etc.), collecting visual information on the history of the towns and cities of East Central Europe and working with public and private archives.

Feature Items

Triumphal Arch

City: Lviv
Date: 1894

The picture shows a view of the Triumphal Arch which was erected on Horodotska Street (former Grudecka str.) at the beginning of the Railway Alley following the project of architect Karol Boublik. The bust of Franz Joseph I is seen in the center of the Arch, above it there is the coat of arms of the city of Lviv. The temporary Arch was constructed in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph I during his visit to Lviv. He came to the city on the occasion of the General Provincial Exhibition which took place in “Stryjskyi” Park on October 5-10, 1894. In the background there is an old railway station while on the left side one can see the building of Chernivetsky railway.

ID: 00118
City: Lviv
Date: 1894
Format: 30х40 cm
Creator: Franciszek Rychnowski
Publisher: Unknown
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: Hrudetska Street, Triumphal Arch, coat of arms of the city, bust of Emperor Franz Joseph, flags, people in the street

View of the city from south-eastern direction

City: Lviv
Date: 1823-1826

View of Lviv from the recently created (1816) boulevard, known as Gubernatorski Valy (from Striletska Square). From the left to the right:  the Korniakt Tower (the belfry of the Uspenska Church), the Dominican Church, the Latin Cathedral belfry, the tower of the old Town Hall (as before 1826), the Dominican Church in Shyroka Street (now Kopernika Street), Greek Catholic St. Yuryi (St. George) Cathedral (in the background). On the right, the facade of the Trinitarians’ Church with two towers (built in 1729). After 1784 Lviv's university was situated here, and after the fire caused by shelling in 1848 and further reconstruction, Preobrazhenska Church is now located here (since 1906). Such lithographs were the predecessors of modern postcards and continued the European tradition of urban landscapes, started in Italy in the 16th century. In the forefront, a new Lviv leisure habit of the time – walking through the park near the city center, first signs of a new age of broad avenues and public space.

 

ID: 00003
City: Lviv
Date: 1823-1826
Format: 27х41 cm; 43,5х58 cm
Creator: Antoni Lange
Publisher: Piotr Piller, Lemberg
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: City view, outside architecture, parks, promenades

Halych Square

City: Lviv
Date: 1914 -1918

The postcard depicts what is today known as Halych Square with a view of the former Roman Catholic Bernardine Church (now a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of St. Andrew the First-Called). To the left is building No. 7, which in 1902-1934 housed the Central Coffeehouse. To the right is a small park by the building of the criminal court. In the centre of the park a fountain was located with a statue of a water nymph, constructed in 1890 by T. Błotnicki. Today a other fountain and a small café stand in their place.

ID: 00082
City: Lviv
Date: 1914 -1918
Format: 90х140 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: Dawid Grund, Lwow
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: Bernardine Church, Halych Square, pulled carriages, passers-by

Fountain "Svitezianka"

City: Lviv
Date: 1920-1939

This photograph shows a view of "Halytsky" (Galician) Square from the side of the building of the District Court (Batoriya Street 1-3, nowadays a building of the Lviv Polytechnical University in Kniazia Romana Street. In the foreground there is a well with a fountain adorned by a sculpture “Svitezianka” (sculptor Tadeusz Blotnitcki) which stood here until 1950. In the background we can see one of the oldest houses on the square (beginning of the 19th. century) - № 2-3 on Halytsky square / corner Halytska Street. Also visible is the tower of the Latin Cathedral. In the center of the picture there are the houses № 7 and 9 inValova Street. № 7/ corner Halytska St., 21 was built in 1908-1910 by order of the owner Theodor Bałłaban after the project of the architects Alfred Zachariewicz and Józef Sosnowski. After World War I the municipal savings bank was located here and from 1931 this house belonged to the bank. Architect Wawrzyniec Dayczak reconstructed the interior and adapted it for the needs of the financial institution. House № 9 was also built according to the project of Alfred Zachariewicz and Józef Sosnowski. Sculpture decorations of both houses belong to the authorship of Zygmunt Kurczyński. In the interwar period the "Lvivskyi" bank was located in this building.

ID: 00121
City: Lviv
Date: 1920-1939
Format: 4,5х6 cm
Creator: Adam Lenkiewicz
Publisher: "Halytska Brama", Lviv
Copyright: Leonid Simutin
Subject: Fountain, Galician Square, Halytska Street, Municipal Savings Bank, Tower of Latin Cathedral.

St. Nepomuk Monument

City: Lviv
Date: 1860-1870

A figure of St. Jan Nepomuk used to be situated on a bridge near hotel “De Russie” – “Russian” (1796). In the 1830ies it was moved to the end of Sviatoho Jana street (Shevchenko avenue, crossroads of Fredra, Gertsena and Saksaganskoho streets) and put on the bridge across Poltva, which was then flowing in the middle of the street. In 1890 Poltva was finally hidden under the ground, and the statue of St. Jan was dismantled and moved to St. Mykolaya church; the further fate of this monument is unknown.
On the right a sign with the inscription “Frischgebäck” can be seen – probably bread could be bought in this building.

ID: 00578
City: Lviv
Date: 1860-1870
Format: 9,5х13,5 cm
Creator: Josef (Józef) Eder
Publisher: Publishing House "Centr Europy", Lwow
Copyright: Lviv Historical Museum
Subject: Monument, bridge, people on the street, kerosene lamp, buildings

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