Mystic House-Museum Of Kameniar
In Lviv, on the street now named by Ivan Franko, at No. 152, the house-museum of the great Kameniar is situated – the one where he lived from 1902 till 1915. The area of nine Ares for the construction was bought by Franko in 1900. For this, he used the money he got from the community on the 25th anniversary of his literary activity and the dowry of his wife Olga. A two-storey building was equipped quite modestly: the heating was stoved, the furniture was simple, and kerosene lamps were used for lighting.
Psychics claim that this house was built in a hepatogenic area. Long before the construction, there were swamps, and the land wasn’t suited for building. But Ivan Franko was always dreaming of his own house, so he bought the land at a cheap price and began the construction. It took a lot of money because the soil permanently settled. The construction was led, by the way, by the writer’s wife, Olga Feodorivna, who suffered from schizophrenia.
It is quite possible that due to the unfavorable location of the building and not quite adequate condition of his wife, spirits appeared there. Actually, just one spirit – the spirit of Ivan Franko.
During the writer’s life, his hallucinations visited the building. Kameniar even admitted, “The spirits come to my room through the window, through the door, then sit on the bed beside me. If you only heard our conversations! They have a different mentality, they are interesting to me and also hindering me – they cripple my ribs with the iron hooks”. These and other Ivan Franko’s mystical visions are described in the memoirs of his contemporary writer Olena Gvozdikova. But now, as the workers say, all spirits, except the spirit of the owner, left the house.