There are a lot of underground river tunnels under historic city-centers of ukrainian cities. But the biggest underground river is Poltva, it’s flowing under Lviv city-center and opposit to Kiev major underground river Klov, where clean water Poltva is part of sewer system. Another.Kiev team has prepared for you guide to this incredible underground architecture miracle.
In the middle of XVIII century the municipal authorities decided to hide riverbed in city-center of Lviv into the tunnel, having aggravated it with the threat of malaria. In Lviv there is a mixed sewage system and very soon it was poluted by drain waste. In 1870, the length of the tunnels of Poltva was 15 kilometers, 1903 – 54 km, 1910-82 km, 1939 – over 150 kilometers.
The main tunnels of the underground river are superimposed on the city map.
Not only size of the tunnel is amazing but also skills of ancient architects.
Recently I watched the Polish film “In the Darkness” and I was just shocked. In the tunnels of Poltva during the Second World War Jews were hiding. Naturally, I wanted to find a place where they lived specifically during the Nazi occupation. At the moment, this is not possible due to lack of information.
Video of the descent to Poltva.
If you will decide to visit underground river try not to do it in Lviv, because there is a sewer tunnel. If you will be in Kiev you must know that in 1892 local government decided to divide sewer and storm drain tunnels. So in Kiev we have clean water in underground tunnels. Major river is Klov, which you can visit with experienced guide.