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The South Side of The Rynok Square
14, Rynok Square
The polychromatic nature of the mansion (architect Pavlo Schaslyvy) bears evidence of the numerous reconstructions that Lviv edifices have undergone. The building was designed by the architects P. Rymlianyn and P. Schaslyvy.
The grand entrance of the palace is guarded by a winged lion holding an open book. This sculptural composition might have been taken as a proof, that the edifice once housed the diplomatic mission of Venice in Lviv. Although there is no convincing evidence that the Republic of St. Mark granted the "consul" A. Massari any real authority, one could most certainly affirm that due to the consul's energetic nature the interests of the citizens of Signoria were well protected.
17, Rynok Square
In the basement - the "Zoloty Vepr" restaurant
If you are looking for building that reflects the polyphony of modern Lviv, then you should visit the former Wening's mansion. During the last decades it accommodated the Society of Polish Culture in Lviv, the German House, the "Czech Talk" Society, the Hutsulschyna, Nadsiannya and Lemkivschyna Societies. Today, on the porch of the house tere is a souvenir-shop and the former beer basement is now under the restaurant "Zoloty Vepr" ("The Golden Boar").
Walking around Rynok Square the tourist should always bear In mind that some where in the middle of the square there once stood a pillory, chich served as a place for executions. Criminals, merchants that traded poor quality goods, political criminals, and unfaithful wives were "taken care of" by the pillory. Strange to relate, but this place olso bears the memory of some funny incidents. For example, in the 18th century, they beheaded a portrait of the Austrian official Rudolf Strasoldo, who together with his mistress ran away to Constantinople, but not after having grabbed a large sum from the treasury "to cover travel expenses”.