Jews lived in Lviv from the time of its establishment in the mid-thirteenth century; some, mostly merchants, were Sephardic residents who later mingled with Ashkenazic immigrants. In the mid-fourteenth century, after its conquest by King Casimir III, the town permitted Jews to establish a quarter of their own within the walls of a new section built by the king. Two communities thus coexisted: the original and the center within the new walls—known as the Vorstadt (suburban) community.
The number of Jewish people in Lviv and big towns of Galicia just before the World War II contributed to 20-40% of their populations. Jewish has left an enormous trace in the culture and architecture of Western and Central Ukraine as, probably, nowhere in Eastern and Central Europe. Synagogues, which survived wars in Galician towns, like Drogobych, Brody, Stryj, Zhovkva and others are pearls of any excursion program over there. The medieval Renaissance Synagogue in King town Zhovkva was the biggest in Europe in 17 century! A famous Jewish national melody is often played on Ukrainian wedding parties (ask us which one!). Many Yiddish words were accepted by Ukrainian Language, and its Galician dialect.
When it comes to Jewish Heritage tour we can offer you a very interesting trip in Lviv and around Lviv region. Just book and go!
Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Arriving to Lviv (LVO), transfer, accommodation at hotel.
Lviv City tour with a Kosher style lunch (5 h): Lviv’s Panorama from the High Castle Hill, Rynok Square, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. George’s (Yur’s) Cathedral, Danyly Halytskogo Square, Svobody Avenue, National Opera, Ivana Franka University, Lviv Politechnical University
Free time. Overnight in Lviv
Breakfast at the hotel.
Jewish Heritage tour with a Kosher style lunch (full day): Jewish Medieval quarter and houses, Remains of sacred “Golden Rose” synagogue, Jewish Hospital (the only building in Neo-Mauritanian style in Lviv), Kagal Residence of 16-18 cc., Jewish Hospital and Canteen for Homeless of 19-20 cc., Jewish gymnasium, Synagogue “Shomrat Shabat”, Yeshiva, Neobaroque Khasid synagogue, Synagogue “Khasidim Shul’”, Monument to Jews perished in WWII, Synagogue “Zori Gilod”, Jewish museum, Austro-Hungarian Citadel – Nazi concentration camp, Holocaust Memorial
Free time. Overnight in Lviv
Breakfast at hotel.
Roundtrip around Lviv Oblast with a Kosher style lunch (full day):
– The former private town of Zhovkva, that belonged to polish king Jan III Sobeski, where you can have a look at castle, medieval walls, towers, churches, houses and, of course, the biggest in 17 cent. in Europe Renaissance Synagogue (belongs to the Top-100 UNESCO world objects, which require immediate restoration);
– Ancient Jewish cemetery (where inscriptions and patterns of tomb slabs are ones of the richest in Europe) and Neo-Baroque Synagogue in Bus’k, small town with nice wooden and stone churches;
– Ancient Jewish cemetery (the biggest in Galicia) and Synagogue from 18 cent. in Brody, where also ruins of castle has survived. Moses Joseph Roth, famous Austrian writer of Jewish origin who was born here;
– Tzaddiq grave and beautiful castle of 17 c. in Zolochiv
Return to Lviv. Free time. Overnight in Lviv
Breakfast at hotel. Free time. Check-out. Transfer to the LVO airport