About Lviv Interactive

Lviv Interactive (LIA) is a web-accessible, interactive historical map of the city of Lviv. The map seeks to present the contemporary, living city in its historical dimension rather than reproducing a static picture of the past. This concept sets the project apart from a variety of existing history-centered internet sites also based on city maps. Historical relevance is considered from the perspective of how it helped shape today's city: its outward appearance, internal functioning and socio-cultural system.

Depending on the search criteria chosen, the interactive map provides different views of the city thus reflecting the complexity of the urban system. Each visitor or new search can provide different answers depending on the aspect of city in question: one may search through buildings, streets, monuments or all featured objects, or browse the map by region (see, for example, Center, Bohomoltsya Street, Citadel, Sykhiv), or follow the history of the city through our themes (see Sacred City, Lemberg Secession and Fin de siècle City). At the end, the search leads to a number of objects which are usually highlighted on the map with icons, and which by clicking display information on a particular architectural site, building, person etc.

The project is powered by Google© Maps, which provides maps for large parts of the globe and a variety of useful functions such as zooming, markers, layers, customization etc. Two versions of the map are simultaneously available: map proper and satellite picture. The map will react to the search enquiry by marking (with signs, color or both) the places in the city that have corresponding categories. By pointing on the marked spot, the viewer will find a popup or link to all the available information on the object.

The project draws on a great resource of information available in the files of the Center and the State Archive of Lviv Oblast (Derzhavnyi arkhiv L'vivs'koi oblasti, DALO) and the Galiciana project, directed by Ihor Zhuk. It is based on the use of primary archival material and expert reviewing.

Materials used in the Lviv Interactive Project are from the Center for Urban History Library.

We welcome everybody to add relevant information to our database. Please consult our Terms of Use and for further information please contact the committee currently in charge of the project under: lia@lvivcenter.org.


  • Taras Nazaruk Taras Nazaruk

    "Lviv Interactive" project leader

  • Olha Zarechnyuk Olha Zarechnyuk

    Editor of the architectural part of the project, researches Lviv's architecture of late 19th and early 20th centuries, is an author of building's architectural descriptions.

  • Vasyl Rasevych Vasyl Rasevych


  • Oksana Dudko Oksana Dudko

    Researcher, coordinates the project "Lviv Theaters" and conducts research "Lviv Theaters during World War I" within the project. The Lviv Interactive project advisor.

  • Andriy Linik Andriy Linik

    Media artist and curator. Author of the project's web-design.

  • Lyubomyr Oliynyk Lyubomyr Oliynyk

    IT manager and web developer of the project.

  • Tetiana Kazantseva Tetiana Kazantseva

    Architectural historian, author of architectural descriptions of Lviv buildings.

  • Oksana Boyko Oksana Boyko

    Architecture researcher, author of architectural descriptions of buildings in Lviv, coordinator of the research "Around Staroyevreiska" about the former jewish district in Lviv.

  • Viktor Martynyuk Viktor Martynyuk

    Literature historian, coordinator of the project "Imaginary Map of the Literary Lviv (±1939)".

  • Danylo Ilnytskyi Danylo Ilnytskyi

    Literature historian, takes part in the project "Imaginary Map of the Literary Lviv (±1939)".

  • Andriy Bondarenko Andriy Bondarenko

    Researcher, autor of the research "Pidzamche: places and spaces".

  • Natalia Otrishchenko Natalia Otrishchenko

    Natalia Otrishchenko is responsible for coordinating two oral history projects within "Lviv Interactive" (LIA): "Artistic City and Urban Art: Lviv's Theaters after 1945," and "The Cinemas and Cinema Clubs of Lviv."

  • Halyna Bodnar Halyna Bodnar

    In 2008-2010, Bodnar authored and led her "Oral History of Lviv" project at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe.

  • Maria Antoniuk Maria Antoniuk

    Researcher and interviewer for the project "The City of Art and Urban Art: Theaters in Lviv Since 1945," which is being implemented as part of the project "Lviv Interactive."

  • Natalia Mysak Natalia Mysak

    Researcher of the modernist architecture of Sykhiv which is one of the largest districts of Lviv, author of buldings' architectural descriptions.

  • Andriy Shulyar Andriy Shulyar

    Researcher of Lviv's soviet modernist architecture, author of architectural descriptions of Lviv's buildings

  • Taras Martynenko Taras Martynenko

    Researcher, is author of the project "World War II in Lviv: events, people, places of memory".

  • Ihor Syomochkin Ihor Syomochkin

    Art historian, author of architectural descriptions of buildings in Lviv.

  • Ihor Zhuk Ihor Zhuk

    Expert, author of architectural descriptions of the buildings in the project "Lviv Interactive," author of themes "Kastelivka", "Parks and Gardens of Lviv", project photographer.

  • Khrystyna Kharchuk Khrystyna Kharchuk

    Architecture historian, author of architectural descriptions of the buildings in the project "Lviv Interactive," author of the theme "Lviv’s Cemeteries."

  • Zhanna Ozirna Zhanna Ozirna

    Content-manager of the project "Lviv Streets Database".

  • Oksana Lepak Oksana Lepak

    Author of historical descriptions of Lviv’s cinemas.

  • Oksana Sikorska Oksana Sikorska

    Researcher, author of the project "Gimpel's Theater, other theaters and Lviv: interactions and relations within the city".

  • Yulia Pavlyshyn Yulia Pavlyshyn

    "Lviv Interactive" editor.

  • Iľja Rákoš Iľja Rákoš

    Translator, provided English translations for the project in 2012-2015.

  • Andriy Masliukh Andriy Masliukh

    Translator, provides English translations for the project since 2014.

  • Ewa Bukowska-Marczak Ewa Bukowska-Marczak

    Researcher, scholarly interests include the history of Lviv University and social history of Lviv during the interwar period. 

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