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Potocki Palace, Lviv

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Castle · Landmark
The Potocki Palace in Lviv (палац Потоцьких, palats Pototskykh; pałac Potockich) was built in the 1880s as an urban seat of Alfred Józef Potocki, former Minister-President of Austria. No cost was spared to make it the grandest nobleman's residence in the city, it is located on the street Copernicus ,15.
At the start of the 20th century, the parkland gave way to a network of apartment buildings. It was confiscated by the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940. The palace itself was adapted for holding wedding ceremonies in 1972 and subsequently underwent restoration.
In the 2000s, the President of Ukraine appropriated the palace as one of his residences. Some of its architectural motifs were borrowed by the next-door exhibition hall (inaugurated in 1996).
The matches of the Women's World Chess Championship 2016 were played in the palace.
Pototsky's family, having sold his palace on the Galitskaya Square (now known as the Bessyatsky Palace ), in 1822 bought real estate on Shiroky Street (now Copernicus ). On plans of Lviv XVIII  - first half of XIX century. This section shows the planned city and several small buildings.
The first palace was built in the style of classicism, designed by architect Ignatius Hambrez . It was a two-story rectangular in terms of a building with a high roof. The facade is symmetrical with a central risalite , crowned with an attic with a balustrade. The first tier of the facade is rustic, the second tier of risalita is decorated with six pairs of ionic pilasters . The owners were Maria from Sangushki and her husband Alfred Pototsky .The palace was dismantled in 1860 - 1861. However, the construction of the new residence was delayed for three decades. Construction began only in 1880.
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  • Great art and place to see. Easy walking distance from hotels that are downtown. Art is wonderful to see, if you like are.  more »
  • The palace is huge with an amazing architecture, it bears a good collection of paintings and arts. Very nice ceramic fire place is standing in of the main halls, highly recommend  more »
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