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Norway Helps Preserve Ukrainian Culture in Lviv

2. January 2013 by Masha 0 Comments

The Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life in Lviv is made up of 124 architectural monuments which recreate the Ukrainian villages of the past by displaying wooden houses and churches with associated artifacts from each ethnographic region. Located in Shevchenko Park, it was opened to the public in 1971. 


While the museum plays an important part in preserving Ukrainian history and culture, places like this are in peril of closing due to limited funds. Fortunately, the Government of Norway is sponsoring a UNESCO project to help improve the museum and make it even more of an asset to the community and the world.


With a financial contribution of over half a million dollars, the project aims to develop a strategy and management plan, improve the architectural structures, create educational programs, and more. It began at the start of 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2014.


In the summer and fall, the museum hosts craft festivals where blacksmiths, potters, coppers, weavers, carpet makers and other craftsmen of the present demonstrate how the masters of the past created masterpieces of art. Every Sunday, visitors are treated to concerts of Ukrainian folk music. There is also a restaurant serving up authentic Ukrainian cuisine. 


Are you dating any Ukrainian girls living near Lviv? Ask them about his massive cultural landmark and consider visiting it yourself. 








Source: unesco.org, Photo: skansen.lviv.ua