Arkhivna Street – Lviv, Ukraine - Atlas Obscura

Arkhivna Street

This street has over a half-dozen names, all at once. 


Originally named Arkhivna Street, this small street in L’viv now curiously bears several signs, all with different names. 

Those who can read the Cyrillic (a Slavic alphabet) will notice the names sound familiar; they are in fact famous filmmakers like Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman.

In the early 2000s, the KinoLev Independent Film Festival, an annual Ukrainian film festival hosted in L’viv, started the tradition of renaming the street after the particular filmmaker it is honoring that year. Each new moniker is added to the official street name, and a new plate is affixed to the wall on the street corner. 

As of 2017, the little street had seven different names: Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Truffaut, Illienko, Chaplin, and Parajanov.

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