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The longest and most famous dungeon in Lviv. Once one could see the river without going down under the ground. Now it is enclosed in a sarcophagus.
The Poltva River is a tributary to the Western Bug River. It influenced the process of the city building during the entire history of Lviv. Its presence could not be ignored — once its water flowed just through the centre of the city.
In past the river served as a fortification moat — it protected the city residents from raids from the north and west. However mosquitoes often swarmed over it. It posed a threat of thespread of malaria. That`s why in the XIX century it was decided to turn the river into a sewer.
They say that in the last century during the war jews even had been hiding in this dungeon and during the Soviet period people had been hiding here from the NKVD.