Rus’ka Street

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Rus’ka vul. has been an established thoroughfare since the Middle Ages. Connecting Rynok ploscha (Market Square) with Pidval’na vul. (Rampart Street), the street is so narrow that only one street car can travel at a time. Blending a fascinating array of architectural styles, Rus’ka is one of the most striking streets in the old city. For centuries this remained Lviv’s centre of Orthodox Christianity. During Polish rule, this was the only street where an Orthodox believer was allowed to own real estate. From Rus’ka there was a passage to an old Jewish ghetto. Residents constructed walls and a gate, which was secured at night in order to protect from pogroms. If there’s a building that stands out it’s No. 4. Constructed in the 16th century, an old-Austrian style café called Synia Pliashka sits in the court yard and the building itself is currently occupied by the Gerdan Art Gallery.


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