New Ghost Signs in Passage Andreolli, Part II

In May I came across newly uncovered ghost signs in Lviv’s Passage Andreolli. Several years ago a couple of very nice ghost signs were uncovered on the other side of the passage and fortunately they were promptly restored. However, I am uncertain about the fate of these.

One of the signs is similar to the one on the otherside which says “obuwie” (“shoes”). It looks like the one opposite says “apteka,” which means “pharmacy.” These are also multi-layered with older messages peering out from under the letters of newer messages and designs.

Before WWII a number of commercial establishments operated in the passage. During Soviet times the spaces were converted into apartments. Today, the passage is once again thriving with restaurants, cafes, and shops. The ghost signs remain as reminders of the passage’s former days as a bustling business area.


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  1. I think all Ukrainians, from homeland and diaspora, should visit Greece. Many of us grow up thinking that our names, language, religious rites and architecture, and other folkloric traditions are our own, but visiting Greece will show that we imported and adopted them lock, stock, and barrel. Flattening the church domes to a pear shape, and polyphony, are the only uniquely Ukrainian contributions that I can think of.
    Nice website!

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