Radekhiv

Radekhiv
Radekhov - Galician terra incognita

Radekhov is a small town in the Lviv region and the center of a united territorial community, on the way between Lviv and Lutsk. A city that everyone could learn in absentia by buying Galicia yogurt or Diamant sugar. However, the city is interesting not only for yogurts.
 
Story
The first written records of the city date back to 1472, and from 1912, Radekhov became a county town. For each, this city was something of its own: for Count Stanislav Baden - a family nest, for Ukrainians and Poles - a town, for Jews - a shtetl (everything is typical and provincial, like most similar cities in Galicia).
 
Legends
It is shrouded in various legends and stories. For example, there is a legend about the long tunnels from the count's palace, which secretly leave the city. Until now, no one understands why the all-seeing eye has always been on the emblem of the city. Radekhiv - the secret center of the Masons? It is worth a glimpse, as it is very convenient in terms of logistics. If you are traveling from Lviv to Lutsk or from Chervonograd to Brody, then you can stop and walk Radekhiv for a couple of hours along the way.
 
Route of Interesting Places
The first thing worth visiting is the former People’s House, built at the expense of local Ukrainians in 1912 for the cultural and educational needs of the Ukrainian community of the city, and now it is a city library located on Lvovskaya Street 12. The white building with a tower and tiles with embroidery patterns has an elegant view, and next to it is a statue of a lion.

Across the road you will see a red house in which the Polish organisation “Sokol” used to be. Walking a little further along Sheptytsky Street, which is located between the mentioned buildings, you will see the former building of the county headman, in some places from under the asphalt you can see the pavement, as well as the former Polish villas.

Do not stop and go further down the street - reaching its end you will see an old stone-paved road to Lviv, then turn right and go straight ahead until you see a cemetery. This is the historical and memorial complex “Old Cemetery”, which was restored by the community of the city in 2017.
 
This cemetery has old Ukrainian and Polish graves, a Soviet memorial to those who died in World War II, and Jewish tombstones, which local activists found under the cover of the paths of this cemetery and were temporarily stored there. Go straight to the other exit from the cemetery until you reach the gate, then turn left (you will go near the clinic where there used to be a church in which, according to legend, the organ played the day before its destruction, and go straight ahead.

And the wall that you will see is a former fence from the count's park. Old-timers say that once in this place there were a lot of different exotic plants, a carousel, and most importantly - a wonderful greenhouse, which the count acquired in Vienna at the exhibition. It still exists, although in a deplorable state, but it should be seen, since there are only two such structures in the world: in Radekhiv and in Vienna. If it will be difficult to find in the wilds of the park, then ask for help from local residents.
 
After that, be sure to take a walk along Renaissance Avenue (popularly referred to as “hundred-metering”), where you will see the old post office building, which now has cafes, shops and a pharmacy (the historic center of Radekhiv in Austrian times), the city council, which in the past was the home of a Jewish doctor ; Shevchenko monument; and a little further the statue of an angel. Head to St. Nicholas Church. There will be two buildings, of which the larger, built in 1991, and the smaller in 1918.
 
Be sure to take a walk along Lesya Ukrainka Street, which was once the Jewish part of the city and where there is a covered red brick bazaar with an all-seeing eye on the facade. You can also look at the former Jewish houses and shops, and in some places again see the old pavement that "hides" under the asphalt. There you can see a residential building, which in the past was a synagogue (it has a facade and has arched gates).
If you have a little more time, you can take a walk to Khmelnitsky Street, where the synagogue building and many former Jewish houses are located. After the total destruction of the Jewish community of the city, most of their housing and religious buildings were left unattended. Also walk to the street Stoyanovskaya (road to Lutsk), where the abandoned old building of the former brewery is located (XIX century).
 
Although the city did not have a palace and a church that could captivate every tourist, however, Radekhiv did not lose all of his historical heritage. In it you can find something interesting for yourself and just enjoy a relaxing stay in the city.
 
How to get there?
1. It is easier to get by buses that run every 30 minutes from Lviv (AC-2, Severnaya) or from Lutsk (from the main bus station). Basically, these are buses Lviv-Lutsk, making a stop in Radekhiv.
2. You can also get to the city by bus from Brody or Chervonograd (combination of Chervonograd-Brody).
3. Fans of "Ukrzaliznytsia" will be able to reach by train, running in the morning and in the evening (the time you need to specify on a suburban train station).
4. Also, the Kovel-Chernivtsi train runs through Radekhov, which passes through Lutsk, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi.
 
Author: Ivan Antonyuk
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