Lviv Citadel

The theme aims at closing a gap in research about Lviv and at attracting public and scholarly interest to the preservation of military-history monuments from the mid-nineteenth century in the former capital of Habsburg "Galicia and Lodomeria."

It is difficult to find direct analogues of the Lviv Citadel, but the authorship of this fortress can easily be ascribed to a military engineer with experience in Austrian, Prussian and French military architecture. The subsequent history of the Citadel is presented as part of the Center's internet project Lviv Interactive, including the Citadel's creation and growth, its functioning in the period of the Austrian monarchy, its role during Polish-Ukrainian fighting in 1918, and during the Second-World-War German occupation of Lviv, when it was turned into a brutal camp for prisoners of war.

The Center's work on the Citadel also recognizes the importance of the preservation and proper use of these fortifications with the assistance of scholars as well as representatives of NGOs.

Sources: bibliographic material, field research, analysis of cartographic material from different archives, old photographies of the Citadel's forts and buildings, video materials and interviews.

Taras Pinyazhko is a fifth-year student of the "Restoration and Reconstruction" Department of the Institute of Architecture at the "Lvivska Politekhnika" University and the author of the article "Architectural peculiarities of Maximilian towers in the Lviv Citadel" (together with Yuriy Dubyk and Oleh Rybchynskyi). He has also taken part in joint projects on the research and preservation of the Pidgoretski castle park complex and on the preservation of architectural monuments on the territory of Yeleniogora Valley in southwestern Poland.