Potocki Palace, Lviv

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Potocki Palace, Lviv

The Potocki Palace in Lviv (Ukrainian: палац Потоцьких, palats Pototskykh; Polish: 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.

The French architect Louis Dauvergne elaborated all of Beaux-Arts stylistic devices to produce a hypertrophied imitation of a French hôtel particulier. An open, parklike setting was scored to give the mansion a sense of depth.

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.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Matwijów M. (opr.), Sprawozdanie "Archiwa, biblioteki i muzea lwowskie" z 1940 r., Rocznik Lwowski, volume 5, 1997–1998, page 76. ISSN 1230-0829
  2. ^ "WWCCM Opening Ceremony will take place in Lviv Opera House". lviv2016.fide.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  • Памятники градостроительства и архитектуры Украинской ССР. Киев: Будивельник, 1983—1986. Том 3, с. 14.

Coordinates: 49°50′17″N 24°01′37″E / 49.838°N 24.026834°E / 49.838; 24.026834