Visit of the Shah of Persia (1905)

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In June 1905, on his way to Vienna, the Shah of Iran, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, visited Lviv. This was his third visit to the city, the previous having occurred in 1901 and 1902. Since Lviv didn't often receive such high-ranking guests, the visit became one of the most important events for local authorities. As the government newspaper "Gazetie Lwowskiej" noted, the city was obliged to demonstrate its European character. The regional authorities called on residents with their conduct to help assist in creating an impression on their foreign guests that Lviv was a center of culture and civilization.

Because of the mourning announced after of death of Archduke Josef, the entertainment program was somewhat shortened; in particular annulled were hunting in Stare Selo, visiting the municipal theatre, and also a concert of the military orchestra under the windows of the hotel "George."


Along the streets Horodotska (Gródecka), Bandery (Leona Sapiehy), Sheptytskyh (Szeptyckich), Ploscha Sv. Yura (pl. Jura), LystopadovohoChynuStreet (Mickiewicza), Mateika (Matejki), Krushelnytskoyi (Kraszewskiego), Slovatskoho (Słowackiego), SichovyhStriltsiv (3 Maja), Hnatiuka (Jagełłońska), ProspectSvobody (KarolaLudwika), PloschaMitskevicha (pl. Mariacki), during the shah's passage from the train station to the hotel and back, military troops formed alive corridor and stopped the movement of transport and pedestrians.

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Sources and Historiography

  1. GazetaLwowska, № 134, 14.06.1905; № 135, 15.06.1905; № 136, 16.06.1905; № 137, 17.06.1905
  2. Kronika w obrazach, № 11, 24.06.1905
  3. Kurier Lwowski, № 161, 13.06.1905, № 162, 14.06.1905, № 163, 15.06.1905, № 164, 16.06.1905
  4. Wiek Nowy, № 1186, 14.06.1905, № 1187, 15.06.1905
  5. Halytska Brama, № 21-22, November 1996.
  6. Melnyk, B.V. Handbook of Renamed Streets and Squares in Lviv. Thirteenth to Twentieth Centuries. – Lviv: "Svit", 2001.

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