Three mighty giant oaks - perhaps they are the oldest trees in our city. Their age - more than three centuries. And they grow in the park named Ivan Franko.
Four hundred years ago this place was a big field, but later the land passed into private hands. At the end of XVI century, a rich citizen John Scholz-Volfovich laid park here. To do this he laid out 1600 gold coins from his purse. Later he issued marriage his daughter with Antonio Massari, Ambassador of Republic of Venice in Lviv, and park passed to his son in law. Massari in turn rebuild the park in Italian style.
Over time, this park and neighboring lands became the property of Jesuits. The Jesuits had built brick buildings, and already in 1715, they started tou built brewers and inn. At the end of XVIII century, when Jesuit Order was abolished , this area became the property of the Austrian government.
The park was like a forest. But entrepreneur John Hecht bought this park in 1799, built casinos, and redesign the park in the French style. Hecht build here carousels, fountains and gazebos. Only one gazebo was preserved to our time.
Ivan Franko Park gain became the property of the city and became one of the oldest municipal parks in Europe. Then, a half century ago, were cutted almost all the old trees and were planted most of the trees that we see today. In the late nineteenth century part of the park destroyed a powerful hurricane, witnesses told of hundreds of large trees that were lying on the ground.
The Park of Ivan Franko
was named in honor of the Polish national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, but most people long persistently called his Jesuit garden or gardens.
In the seventies of last century closer to the street Salome Krushelnytska was quite popular among people of Lviv Theater "Park" and in summer a little deeper into the park was restaurant "Green Grove".
Years go and the oldest park in the Lviv - Ivan Franko Park still surprises us us with its beautiful and majestic nature.
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